By: Lois Kirkpatrick
Back in the ‘80s, Jim Christy headed up the world’s first computer crime unit. For more than 25 years, he fought cyber crime at the highest national defense levels. Today he’s the director of the U.S. Cyber Crime Conference, which will be held in Loudoun County, Virginia April 29 – May 2. Loudoun Economic Development is partnering on this event; use promo code LCED and get a five percent discount when you register.
This national event will offer hands-on digital forensics training and an interactive forum for networking. More than 160 breakout sessions will cover all aspects of computer crime, including intrusion investigation, cyber crime law, information assurance, and the latest research.
Although this event is targeted toward law enforcement, I.T. companies and critical infrastructure agencies (energy, telecom, banking, etc.), leaders from every type of business are urged to attend.
“It’s not a matter of if you’ll get compromised, but when,” Christy stressed. “Every business needs to create cyber hunters within their company. The government is not going to do this for you.”
Christy explained that the content of the conference will apply to a wide range of organizations, from “mom-and-pop” retailers to schools, and also individual entrepreneurs. “This conference will give you the tools to respond if someone does attack you,” he said.
“Today, everybody depends on the Internet and technology, which makes you vulnerable. No one is immune, so you have to protect yourself.”