Federal lawmakers are starting to take cybersecurity more seriously. As states develop their own governance structures pertaining to data privacy and online security requirements for businesses, the federal government is playing catch up with regulations. Looking across critical infrastructure in the U.S., it’s easy to see why creating a singular baseline isn’t, well, easy.
A learning effort is underway, to both discover the latest and greatest technologies and glean best practices from private sector businesses. The inaugural Cyber Day on the Hill was a chance for congressional staffers and policymakers alike to soak in solutions to the governments most pressing cyber-centric concerns.
This new annual event, hosted by the Congressional Tech Staff Association and Senate Systems Administrator Association Board, provided wide ranging insights from leaders in the information security and technology fields. Each individual’s “Tech Talk” throughout the event served to train staff on innovative and simple solutions to protect their congressional members, offices, colleagues, and themselves from cyber intrusions, social engineering hacks, and common data hygiene mistakes.
WhiteHawk Director of Business Operations, Forrest Allen, joined industry colleagues in the speed-dating-like event. “This event shows the value of using best of breed industry solutions to strengthen cyber maturity,” stated Allen. “There are affordable and impactful ways to make a difference in your cyber posture, and it all starts with awareness. This event is progress.”
Topics covered during the tech talks ranged from Protecting Yourself 101 to the Anatomy of a Data Breach. A post-event Innovation Showcase Reception, featuring energetic commentary from former Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, allowed attendees to network and gather additional information about the ideas discussed throughout the day.
Several Congressional leaders commented on the importance of the event as well, including Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who emphasized that “cybersecurity continues to be one of our most pressing issues. It impacts healthcare, national security, business and finance, and is an essential component of securing our democracy.”
The event will serve as an ongoing opportunity for national leaders and their staffs to gain meaningful insights into cyber trends and innovation, and thereby create informed policies that affect all businesses around the country.