Published Sept. 4, 2013
SCRA will hold a regional cybersecurity conference in Charleston next week, focusing on small business and local governments.
The first Southeast regional Cyber Security for National Security Conference is scheduled for Sept. 10 in partnership with Homeland Security Outlook, a conference management organization, SCRA said in a news release.
The CS4NS conference will include speakers from academia, research and development, business, and defense-related agencies, including presenters from the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.
“The federal government pays so much attention to its computer infrastructure, but it seems no one is addressing the cybersecurity of our country’s foundation: our small businesses and state and local governments,” said Homeland Security Outlook founder and President Sareth Neak. “Starting the dialogue at CS4NS is critical to protecting ourselves from cyberthreats.”
SCRA cited a recent U.S. House of Representatives committee report that found nearly 20% of cyberattacks are carried out on businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Small businesses and local governments often don’t have the resources to prevent or recover from such an attack, the company said.
“We are ready to bring experts in cybersecurity under one roof to deliver real cybersolutions to those who need it most, particularly our small businesses and state and local governments,” SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre said in a statement.