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National Cybersecurity Expert to Keynote ITA Security Symposium May 13

All-Day Forum Will Cover Digital Security Issues Related to Cloud, Big Data, Payments & More

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today that its May 13 all-day ITA Security Symposium in Chicago will be keynoted by James Sheire, Senior Advisor, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, U.S. Department of Commerce. Sheire, based in Washington, D.C., will discuss strategies for improving the privacy and security of online transactions to thwart online fraud and identity theft.

The symposium will also feature panel discussions focused on cloud, big data, payments and general digital security issues with insights from nearly 20 security and IT professionals from local technology companies, banks and law firms as well as the U.S. Secret Service. Sessions will include:

  • Industry Trends in Cybersecurity, including the impact on software developers and the resulting shifts in CIO/CTO budgets;
  • Securing Big Data, addressing data ownership and protection questions as well as the implications for privacy and international businesses;
  • Keeping Customer Accounts and Payments Secure, covering the causes of credit card data breaches plus the future of mobile wallets and other payment authorization and authentication methodologies; and
  • Is the Cloud Really More Secure than On-Premise?, offering an examination of cloud security issues and the cloud vs. on-premise decision.

Focused on addressing a key concern of technology companies and technology departments, the event is open to industry executives. It is sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

"Digital security breaches seem to be in the news every day, from corporate network infiltration to stolen credit card information. Data security is therefore a major concern that keeps technology companies up at night," said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. "We arranged this symposium to help ITA members and other local technology businesses learn how others are addressing these threats and stay abreast of the latest strategies for protecting their organizations."

The ITA Security Symposium will be held from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the new TechNexus technology collaborative space at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1200, Chicago. It is free for ITA members and $40 for non-members. Register at https://www.illinoistech.org/events/63001 or email Meghan Bradley at [email protected] with questions.

About the ITA
The Illinois Technology Association powers tech growth in Illinois. ITA's programs, services and strategic consulting drive our dynamic industry by working to grow, build and elevate our members. Contact ITA at [email protected], follow the discussion on Twitter at @itabuzz, and visit www.illinoistech.org to find out more about how ITA supports the growth of the local industry.

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