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UTSA and Chamber partner to host Cybersecurity Roundtable

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce joined forces to host an in-depth panel discussion about the top cybersecurity issues facing businesses, detailing how executives can plan and prepare for security risks.  UTSA’s Office of the Vice President for Research worked with the Chamber’s CyberSecurity San Antonio program to coordinate executive-level speakers that engaged in dialogue with an audience of students, faculty, business leaders and government officials. These speakers also discussed what to look for over the next twelve months from the growing security industry.

The panel discussion was moderated by Will Garrett, Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio and featured panelists from business and federal agencies, including: Chris Hetner, Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Mark Chamberlain, Executive Director, Information Security, USAA; John Dickson, Principal, Denim Group; and David Neuman, Chief Information Security Officer, Rackspace.

The panelists discussed issues around talent development, hiring needs, key ways for business leaders to analyze cybersecurity risk and implement effective programs to mitigate that risk, and the future of analytics and its impact on the security industry.

“Conversations such as this one today allow our business and industry leaders to engage in thoughtful dialogue about issues affecting the industry,” said Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

“We are fortunate to have a nationally recognized cybersecurity program at UTSA that complements our significant military and defense presence in cybersecurity and intelligence.  This dialogue helps your Chamber and industry leaders identify gaps and future strategies so that we can best focus our efforts and resources to support our cybersecurity ecosystem partners,” Perez added.

In town from New York City, Hetner spoke about the growing challenges facing the $60B asset-management industry and the SEC’s role in educating, regulating, and working with investment firms and investors to safeguard personal information.  John Dickson, former Chairman of the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Industry Council, spoke about the growing use of social engineering in attacks and the need to educate C-Suite executives and Boards about the proper position and oversight of cybersecurity within a corporation.

Following the panel, students and faculty from UTSA were able to network with the panelists and discuss ideas around degree development, program creation, and internships. 
For more information on the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Industry Council, click here.

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