Governor announces series of cyber security town hall meetings

computer-worldGovernor Terry McAuliffe has announced that the Virginia Cyber Security Commission will host a series of five town hall meetings across the Commonwealth. The town halls are designed to both inform the public on the work of the Commission and also gather stakeholder input.

“The cyber security industry is a cornerstone of the new Virginia economy, and these town hall meetings are a great way for our commission members to hear concerns and suggestions from citizens, academia, and industry across the state,” Governor McAuliffe said.

The initial meeting will be held today in Blacksburg, at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The town hall will feature keynote presentations by Randy Marchany, Virginia Tech’s Chief Information Security Officer; J. C. Dodson, BAE Systems Global Chief Information Security Officer; and David Crisafi, Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Commission members Dodson, Jennifer Bisceglie and Commission Executive Director Rear Admiral Bob Day, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.) will conduct a panel to discuss Commission objectives and recent activities.

Additional meetings are as follows:

  • March 23, 2015New College, Martinsville
  • April 24, 2015 – James Madison University, Harrisonburg
  • May 19, 2015University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • June 9, 2015 – Norfolk State University, Norfolk

Each meeting will feature keynote and panel presentations, as well as the opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with commission members. Town hall discussion will cover a variety of cyber security topics, including best practices, federal and state programs, cyber education, and cyber crime.

Additional details for the town hall events can be found at www.cyberva.virginia.gov.

The Commonwealth of Virginia Cyber Commission was created by Executive Order 8 in February 2014.