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Actionable Intelligence: How to Stay Smart and Stay Secure at this Year’s Symposium

Last year, cyber hackers breached over half a billion personal records and launched 430 million new malware variants. Every week, one zero-day vulnerability was discovered. Government is doing everything it can to battle these threats by monitoring activity from the cloud, to the network edge, to endpoints. Agencies are generating more security data than ever before, but they’re also being overwhelmed by this data.

That’s why now, more than ever, is a critical time for government to talk about cybersecurity and how to transform data into actionable intelligence.

This year, on August 30th is the 13th annual Symantec Government Symposium, where over 1,000 cyber thought leaders and practitioners will convene to discuss this evolving cyber landscape and how government can fight back. The Symposium was established to foster dialogue between the public and private sectors on the most pressing government cybersecurity challenges of the day.

This year’s theme is “Actionable Intelligence: Stay Smart. Stay Secure” and will focus on addressing the following questions:

  • How can agencies better harness data for actionable intelligence?
  • How can agencies put intelligence in the right hands so they can take action quickly?
  • How can agencies adhere to privacy requirements and other mandates while implementing more aggressive cyber strategies?

The Symposium will feature high-level government leaders in cybersecurity, including James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, and Beth F. Cobert, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Additionally, the event will provide a TECH Talks session, which are short presentations, featuring Jan Holl Lute, Special Coordinator for the United Nations and Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

There will be four break-out sessions with more than 30 speakers covering threat intelligence, risk management, and insider threats. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the TechXpo that showcases today’s most innovative cybersecurity solutions, programs, and simulations.

Finally, the Symposium will include the annual Cyber Awards, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence and leadership in government cybersecurity in the following categories:

  • Federal – Civilian
  • Federal – Defense
  • State and Local/Education
  • Congress/Capitol Hill

Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss how to strengthen government’s cybersecurity posture and how to better protect infrastructure, information, and citizens. Register here.


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