On the Heels of Hafnium, SolarWinds Attacks, Senior Cybersecurity Executives Gather Online to Understand More of Communist Governments’  Intelligence Exercises—and What it Means to Their Duties to Protect New York Area Businesses

NEW YORK CITY – MARCH 22, 2021 Data Connectors, representing the largest cybersecurity community in North America, continues its industry-leading series of Virtual Summits, arriving in the New York Metropolitan Area this week.

The 2021 will take place, and is slated to allow the local community of cybersecurity professionals to gain insights and education regarding the latest updates and challenges in the industry, despite the continued efforts for social distancing during the pandemic. 

Headlining the New York City Virtual Cybersecurity Summit this Wednesday, March 24 is a preeminent expert on the strategy behind Communist China’s intelligence-gathering efforts, Dr. Jonathan Ward.  The author of “China’s Vision of Victory,” and recurring guest on various news programs on Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC, MSNBC, Ward will be joining the summit for a live interactive question-and-answer session. 

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and cybersecurity professionals they employ, are playing by a different set of rules,” Ward said.  “Deception, intellectual property rights, data privacies, etc. and the usual rules of engagement don’t apply. US institutions of all sizes are well served to understand where the CCP is directing their energies, and get out ahead with preparedness and defense,” he added. 

The Summit will also feature industry expert presenters and virtual exhibits from cybersecurity solution providers, as well as live, topical expert panel discussions fielded by leading subject-matter experts. At the Summit, industry experts will dive into topics around the SolarWinds hack, the future of cybersecurity, and user-centered security, and the key trends on which Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) should most concern themselves in 2021 in panel discussions. 

The Virtual Summit will also feature a live, interactive panel discussion, with some of the top CISOs from organizations throughout the New York metro:

  • Tim Rohrbaugh: CISO, JetBlue Airways
  • Suresh Chawdhary: Head of Security and Privacy, Nokia
  • Bernie Cowens: Chief Security Officer, Utility Technology Solutions
  • Stan Mierzwa: Director & Lecturer, Center for Cybersecurity, Kean University
  • Gene Barskiy: Head of IT and Security, Fisk Alloy
  • Christopher Frenz: AVP of IT Security, Mount Sinai South Nassau

Attendees will ask questions and interact online with the CISOs, as well as each other and the organizations who will feature their solutions at the event. Featured solutions providers at this summit include Auth0, Cisco, Proofpoint, and many more.

The Summit will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Registration is free for qualified professionals, who can also obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for participation. 

More information can be found at dataconnectors.com/nyc

About Data Connectors
Since 1999, Data Connectors (dataconnectors.com) has facilitated collaboration between senior cybersecurity professionals, government/law enforcement agencies, industry luminaries, and solution providers. Today, the community comprises over 650,000 members and 250 active vendor partners across North America. Members enjoy informative education, networking and support via our award-winning Virtual Summits, live conferences, Web Briefings, and regular communications.

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