20 Oct Improving cybersecurity is focus of three upcoming conferences
Ask FBI special agent Byron Franz how to fight job loss and lack of competitiveness, and he’s got an immediate answer: improve cybersecurity.
Wisconsin has a rich landscape of targets for cyber criminals, including defense contractors, makers of high-tech industrial equipment and others, said Franz, who is strategic partnership coordinator for the FBI’s Milwaukee division.
“There’s a huge amount of industrial might here, and cyber eyes are looking at us,” Franz said.
Franz will be speaking this month at two cybersecurity conferences: Cosentry’s Security Summit Wisconsin 2015 on Wednesday at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, and the state’s Cyber Security Summit on Oct. 28 at Marquette University.
A third event, the WTN Media Fusion Executive Summit on Nov. 9 in Madison, will focus on the cyber-risk landscape.
Cybersecurity is becoming a huge topic, driven by observations like those of Ted Koppel, whose book called “Lights Out” details the vulnerability of America’s power grid to a major cyber attack, said David Cagigal, chief information officer for the State of Wisconsin and an organizer of the state cybersecurity conference.