FBI, Homeland Security, Army and business leaders to discuss cyber security

The Command and General Staff College Foundation’s Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation is hosting the Greater Kansas City Cyber Security Seminar at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64110, on Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This information and education seminar is hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Kansas City Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force and Business Executives for National Security.

The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum on information security threats, challenges, and opportunities for senior business and government leaders with direct or oversight responsibilities for managing electronic information systems.  Invited guests include chief executive officers, presidents, directors, and chief information officers, along with government and public utility leaders.

In two panels, speakers from FBI Headquarters Cyber Division, DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, and Army Cyber Command will describe the current cyber threat and response environment from the national perspective, followed by representatives from UMB, Sprint, KCP&L, BATS, and the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force addressing regional threats. Topic areas include financial systems, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, national defense, and cyber crime. A question and answer period will follow each panel’s presentation.

Among the speakers are Joseph M. Demarest, Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division, and retired Marine Lt. Col. William T. Hagestad, II, author and cyber security expert.

Demarest is a 21-year veteran of the FBI, and was recently appointed the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. Demarest has also served as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Counterterrorism Division and the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Division. During his career at the FBI, Demarest has worked a variety of investigative matters, including white-collar crime, counterterrorism, organized crime, violent crime, and foreign counterintelligence.

Hagestad had numerous assignments during his 27 years in the Marine Corps, including one in the Anti-Terrorism Office for Marine Central Command during the build-up and subsequent operations in Iraq during 2002-2003. Hagestad is a cyber security strategist, providing current cyber threat assessment to international defense, intelligence and law enforcement entities. Hagestad speaks both domestically and internationally about the Chinese Cyber Threat, and his book 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare was published in March 2012.

Attendance is open to the public, but limited to 150 participants. The seminar fee is $45 (or $25 for law enforcement professionals), which includes lunch.  Interested persons must register before Nov. 12. To register or for more information about the seminar, please follow the link below.

Greater Kansas City Cyber Security Seminar

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