Cybersecurity Expert Richard A. Clarke and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey Spoke at ISSA-LA 6th Annual Information Security Summit on Cybercrime Solutions

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Business Executives and IT Professionals Attend Cybercrime Summit in Record Numbers

Nearly 800 of the country’s leading cybercrime experts, information security professionals, company CEOs and other C-suite business executives recently attended the 6th Annual Information Security Summit, The Growing Cyber Threat: Protect Your Business, that was held by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA). The diverse group of attendees reflected the new reality that cybercrime impacts the financial stability of all organizations and industries such as business, nonprofits, government agencies, schools, healthcare and financial services. The Summit advances ISSA-LA’s core belief that ‘It takes the village to secure the village’ SM.

"The increasing importance of managing information security was demonstrated by the high profile speakers and by the record number of people attending the summit this year,” said ISSA-LA President Stan Stahl, PhD. "We’re extremely grateful to our speakers, the generous support from our vendor sponsors, our organizational and community sponsors, our Community Outreach Advisory Board and our many volunteers without whom we could not have put on the Summit. We’re also grateful for the marketing support of our friends in the media, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO.”

“My office is committed to fighting cybercrime,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. “Our prosecutors are working with organizations, such as ISSA-LA, businesses and other law enforcement agencies in establishing a central command center to gather information on cyberthreats, disseminate information and respond appropriately, thereby mitigating the damage as quickly as possible.”

Richard A. Clarke has stated that, "People downplay the importance of cybersecurity, claiming that no one will ever die in a cyberattack, but they're wrong...This is a serious threat."

Other well known speakers included Jeremiah Grossman, Interim CEO of WhiteHat Security; Marcus Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable; Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer of Beyond Trust; Jim Manico, Secure Coding Instructor and Author, member of the Global Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Board of Directors; Dr. Spencer SooHoo, PhD Chief Security Officer and Director, Scientific Computing, Cedars-Sinai Health Systems; Joseph Esposito, Assistant District Attorney of Los Angeles County; and George Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer at NC4.

The Summit had several tracks and objectives: updating information security professional on the current state of cybercrime; informing business executives on their vulnerability to cybercrime; discussing healthcare industry privacy compliance; and the issues surrounding privacy and security. The Executive Forum was a half-day session designed to give top level business executives critical information they need in order to manage risk and stay safe from cybercrime.

The ISSA-LA Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage participation and interaction in finding solutions to cybercrime among: business executives, senior business managers, their boards and trusted advisors; technical IT personnel with responsibility for information systems and the data they contain; law enforcement; and information security practitioners with responsibility for ensuring the security of sensitive information.

The Information Security Summit is part of ISSA-LA’s important community outreach program. The goal of the program is to help the community stay safe from cybercrime by enabling the necessary collaboration between business, nonprofit and community leaders, technical IT professionals, law enforcement and the information security community.

ISSA-LA is the premier catalyst and information source in Los Angeles for improving the practice of information security. The Chapter provides educational programs for information security and IT professionals. The Chapter also conducts outreach programs to businesses, financial institutions, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and consumers. ISSA-LA is the founding Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, an international not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners. For more information on ISSA-LA, please visit You can follow them on Twitter at @ISSALA as well as on LinkedIn and Facebook. Videos from the Summit are available on the Chapter’s YouTube Channel: ISSA4LA.

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