TAMPA, FL October 15, 2014 – Cybersecurity has been called one of the most important economic and national security issues the United States faces by President Barack Obama. To help change the landscape for this type of threat, the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of Women In Defense (WID GTB) is hosting an informative luncheon on the topic Wednesday, October, 22, 2014 at The Centre Club in Tampa.
“Cybersecurity is an area where you can’t afford to be reactive,” says Trudy Daniels, president of the WID GTB. “We’ve seen what data breaches can do in the private sector. Now imagine the panic if this included confidential information on government contracts or top-secret development. We have to proactively prepare ourselves to continue serving the defense community.”
The Florida Center for Cybersecurity and the White Hatter’s Computer Security Club, both based at the University of South Florida, will not only talk about the current risks, but also provide an interactive demonstration. “The Computer Security Club will simulate an actual attack on cyber-infrastructure,” explains Daniels. “It’s important we see just how vulnerable we are.”
The October WID GTB “Get Informed” Luncheon, sponsored by Triumph Enterprises, is Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:30 am at The Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Tampa, Florida. Registration is $20 for members, $30 for potential members and free for active duty military personnel.
For more information about the next WID GTB Get Informed event please contact Susan Allen, WID GTB membership director, at 813-446-7831, or visit http://ow.ly/CN7uk.
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Women In Defense is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which represents all facets of the defense and technology industrial base and serves all military services. This affiliation gives WID members a source for defense industry information, increased networking opportunities and professional contacts, and an expanded scope of informative programs.
In concert with this effort, the 2013 Florida Legislature called on the state’s Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, to deliver a blueprint for creating the Florida Center for Cybersecurity – a shared resource for all Florida’s higher education, government, defense and business communities to be principally located at USF. The proposal is now making its way through the state Legislature. (http://www.usf.edu/cybersecurity/about-us/index.aspx)