From corporate concerns to global threats, the cybersecurity industry is becoming a top priority in our digitally-connected world. Colorado Springs is rapidly becoming a national leader in cybersecurity commerce, employment and innovation, with its optimal combination of tech companies, higher education institutions and national defense operations. In total, Colorado Springs’ cybersecurity ecosystem generates nearly $1 billion in annual benefit to the Colorado Springs economy.
Next week, October 8-9, Colorado Springs is hosting the 2018 National Cyber Symposium. The two-day conference includes sessions on corporate cybersecurity, managing risk, executive oversight, cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, cyber compliance, state and federal defense strategies, global threats and workforce development.
“I believe this is the premier cyber conference in the country. We have a phenomenal lineup of speakers, and we appreciate it when both the community and people from all over the country come to this event,” said National Cybersecurity Center CEO Vance Brown in an article from the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
The symposium features nearly 50 speakers and some of the most notable include General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency; Don Freese, chief of Ops IT Enterprise Services for the Federal Bureau of Investigations; Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
The National Cyber Symposium is hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), which works with the government, military and industry to help shape public policy and promote job creation by educating and training the cyber workforce. The NCC chose to locate its headquarters in Colorado Springs in 2016 and operates in partnership with local higher education, military and private companies to promote research, education and innovation.
In addition to the NCC, Colorado Springs has the ideal economic ecosystem that cybersecurity companies and entrepreneurs need to grow and thrive. With more than 125 cybersecurity companies in the Pikes Peak region – ranging from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to Boeing and root9B – and five NSA certified schools, Colorado Springs is attracting and educating the cyber workforce of tomorrow.
Will you be attending the 2018 National Cyber Symposium? Visit us at our booth and check out more information on our cybersecurity website.