A Cybersecurity Summit that explains risks and impact of cybersecurity for businesses.

The North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit (NEACS) is unique in its focus on providing a business perspective on cybersecurity. It provides a crash course for business leaders on critical components of cybersecurity.

This year’s event will be held October 27, 2015 at the Trumbull Marriott hotel. For information on the agenda and registration please use this website:

Attendees will learn about and discuss essential information for a company to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, including:

  • Keynote on Organized Cybercrime: Threats, Trends, and Tactics, by Special Agent  U. S. Secret Service
  • Keynote on Business expectations from the CT Attorney General’s office, by CT assistant Attorney General
  • Creating a strategic security program, by PwC
  • Board Risk Oversight – a panel discussion moderated by Pamela Gupta.       Panelists include NACD CT president Margaret Pederson and Alfred Berkeley III from BENS
  • Cyber Insurance, by Marsh
  • Security issues in Mergers and Acquisitions – ITT’s CISO will lead a roundtable discussion, by leading CISOs
  • Recent case studies in security and privacy failure. Several agencies (e.g., FTC, HHS, SEC) have ramped-up their compliance enforcement mechanisms and have had wide-reaching impact that may affect your security and privacy programs, by Protiviti
  • COSO-Guided Cybersecurity: Risk Assessment, by Deloitte
  • Chief Risk Officer’s perspective by ITT’s CRO
  • Actionable threat intelligence – right threat intelligence can be the difference between a breach and an attack for businesses, by OutSecure

What business today, large or small, does not have its most important communications and informa­tion, intellectual property [IP], strategies, plans, customer, employ­ee, and transactional data traversing its networks? Forget about cybersecurity only being a responsibility for the IT department. Instead, ask the last CEO at Target if that strategy works.

Proper cyber security risk management is more than a technology solution. A company, led by its CEO, must integrate cyber risk management into day-to-day operations.

Today, any business finds itself in an interconnected global network, one that is focused on ease of use and efficiency as opposed to being resilient and resistant to cyber threats.

It is imperative for business management to understand the components of a good cybersecurity program as it affects their business and create an informed risk posture – understand what risk can be mitigated, accepted or transferred.

About the North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit:  This is the first collaborative event cooperatively developed, organized, and sponsored by a coalition of local chapters from renowned international associations for audit and security professionals. The NEACS 2015 coalition comprises:

  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 – Connecticut Chapter
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – Westchester/Fairfield County Chapter
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) – Greater Hartford and New York Metropolitan Chapters

“The number and frequency of data breaches is increasing,” says Pamela Gupta, president of ISC2 CT Chapter. “There is a need for a strategic approach so that companies will understand why they could be targeted, what kind of information is of value to adversaries and how companies can protect themselves.”

Pamela Gupta, President ISC2 CT, Steering Committee Member, Conference Chair, pamela.gupta@outsecure.com
Peter Rosario, President ISACA GHC, Steering Committee Member,
Marguerite McCarthy, President ISACA NY, Steering Committee Member
William Feher, President IIA Fairfield/Westchester, Steering Committee Member