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Northern Virginia Technology Council
Understanding Cyber for the Board Room: Current Trends in Risk Assessment and Governance

Date: January 18, 2019
Location: Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203

As companies quickly respond to digital transformation, cyber security risks rise. High-profile cyber breaches are existential threats to reputation and shareholder returns. Board members and corporate officers will gain an understanding of how to determine the holistic, unique, and evolving risks an enterprise faces, along with the organizational and cultural challenges of cyber risk and its mitigation, the governance and regulatory requirements, and practical ideas on how to create a cyber risk management plan to include a cyber incident response. Learn more and register here.




First Annual Disaster Preparedness Summit
Facilitated by American Red Cross, National Capital Region

Date: January 28, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.
1150 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037


The American Red Cross has faced an unprecedented two years that have included numerous hurricanes, floods, wildfires and far too many manmade disasters. The experience reminds us that both natural and manmade disasters could occur in the Washington DC metro area at any time.

In conjunction with Sponsoring Partners – Pepco, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington D.C., The Marriott Foundation and The Webster Group – the American Red Cross will launch the first annual Disaster Preparedness Summit in Washington, DC on January 28, 2019. Our mission with this event is to address the threats and risks to this community, our region and offer real world ways in which companies and other organizations can assess their readiness and better prepare for the unexpected.

Program includes a keynote by a government emergency management executive and private and government sector panels.

Topics include:
  • What are the threats, risks, hazards we face in the National Capital Region?
  • How does it work here in the National Capital Region? Roles and responsibilities: who does what?
  • What does it take to be resilient here? Private Sector Panel on Emergency Preparedness & Response strategies; what’s working, what are we learning; what contributes to resilience; what do we need to do before an event to make recovery easier?

To register for this FREE event visit redcross.org/dcdisastersummit.


Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Date: January 31-February 1, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


As the business world becomes hyper-competitive, leaders throughout organizations must anticipate, innovate, and act on the right opportunities to keep themselves and their companies out in front. This program is designed to introduce the mindset of a successful entrepreneur to create an innovative vision, garner resources, and lead others through uncertainty. Participants will learn and leverage entrepreneurial skills to identify opportunities, create value for stakeholders, and manage the unknowns of the future.

Learn more and register here.


Managing Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks in the Event and Meetings Industry

Date: February 14, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


With the prevalence of information technology and an ever-increasing amount of data, one of the most significant challenges that today’s meeting and event professionals face is data security and privacy. Just as the amount of data has increased, so has the responsibly to keep this data safe. If you do everything right and you still get hacked, what is your liability? What type of insurance is needed and, most importantly, how well prepared are you to perform damage control in the event of a data breach?

Keeping your attendees, clients, and staff safe and secure in the virtual world is paramount. Cybersecurity experts will focus on what the event professional needs to know as far as what can happen, whose responsibility it is, and how to mitigate risk and exposure.

Learn more and register here.


Analytics and Data Management in Meetings and Events

Date: February 15, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


Every action leading up to, during, and after an event creates data. What type of data is available, how its acquired, and what is done with it are all part of the event professional’s role. Event leaders understand how to extract actionable information from the mountain of unstructured information created by the activities of attendees, speakers, staff, and clients. Through new technology, such as RFID readers, Android Beam, ecards, and others, planners can now track attendee movements, spending, and event evaluation like never before.

With this new data comes greater responsibility to manage and protect it. It is not necessary or even feasible that every event professional become a data scientist. However, event professionals need to understand what data is available, how to collect it, and how to work with internal and external teams to extract answers that will enhance and improve the event experience for all involved. Learn more and register here.


Corporate Cybersecurity Roles and Responsibilities for the Rest of the Team

Date: March 7–8, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” (attributed to Peter Drucker). Effectively addressing cybersecurity risk across a company has to be a “team sport” and everyone needs to know their roles. Increasingly, this involves disciplines that have in the past been able to steer clear of having a clear, accountable role for IT and information assurance. It is hard to imagine a line of business that won’t be relying more on data and networked technology to improve their outcomes. In order to effectively “see” the emerging risk factors, companies need to widen the scope of their cybersecurity programs to include Operational Technology and shared risk elements within their supply chain. Insider threats can come from a wide range of employees with access to technology that can greatly increase the impact of malicious actions. In order to efficiently address this reality, companies must be task organized not just around the technical challenges, but also around asset management, financial management, accounting, auditing, HR, training, legal, compliance, risk management, program management, field operations and many other work roles. NIST has identified 52 specific accountable work roles in a comprehensive cybersecurity program and even that does not cover the range of company leaders who have a responsible, consultative or informational role. The course will introduce participants to the Industry Best Practice structure for Cybersecurity Risk Management with an emphasis on the non-technical roles and responsibilities for Identify, Detect, Protect, Respond and Recover risk categories. It will introduce NIST developed Supply Chain Risk Management, Insider threat and Human Capital Strategy for long-term corporate risk reduction. It will examine cultural barriers for changes to corporate cyber-readiness and equip participants to lead change in their fields with access to best -practice resources. Corporations will benefit from senior managers who understand cybersecurity risk language and concepts who are better equipped to lead constructive support roles for effective and efficient cybersecurity programs.

Learn more and register here.


Managing Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks in the Event and Meetings Industry

Date: March 28, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


With the prevalence of information technology and an ever-increasing amount of data, one of the most significant challenges that today’s meeting and event professionals face is data security and privacy. Just as the amount of data has increased, so has the responsibly to keep this data safe. If you do everything right and you still get hacked, what is your liability? What type of insurance is needed and, most importantly, how well prepared are you to perform damage control in the event of a data breach?

Keeping your attendees, clients, and staff safe and secure in the virtual world is paramount. Cybersecurity experts will focus on what the event professional needs to know as far as what can happen, whose responsibility it is, and how to mitigate risk and exposure.

Learn more and register here.


Analytics and Data Management in Meetings and Events

Date: March 29, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


Every action leading up to, during, and after an event creates data. What type of data is available, how its acquired, and what is done with it are all part of the event professional’s role. Event leaders understand how to extract actionable information from the mountain of unstructured information created by the activities of attendees, speakers, staff, and clients. Through new technology, such as RFID readers, Android Beam, ecards, and others, planners can now track attendee movements, spending, and event evaluation like never before.

With this new data comes greater responsibility to manage and protect it. It is not necessary or even feasible that every event professional become a data scientist. However, event professionals need to understand what data is available, how to collect it, and how to work with internal and external teams to extract answers that will enhance and improve the event experience for all involved. Learn more and register here.


Strategic Cyber Management and Mitigation

Date: April 4, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


This course is oriented towards C-Suite executives from industry sectors that are recognizing that they can’t afford to ignore the risk from an increasingly aggressive cyber threat environment, expanding risk exposure from a changing Enterprise IT landscape, the introduction of Internet of Things and other transformative technologies and rising expectations from regulators, shareholders and consumers. It will provide practical steps for organizing both personally and within the corporation to better assess, appreciate and address cybersecurity threats in a manner that recognizes that cost controls are as important as cybersecurity internal controls and that a wide group of stakeholders will need to understand your risk management investment decisions and put them into context as you navigate between profitability and responsible risk management.

Learn more and register here.


Understanding Cyber for the Board Room: Current Trends in Risk Assessment and Governance

Date: April 5, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


As companies quickly respond to digital transformation, cyber security risks rise. High-profile cyber breaches are existential threats to reputation and shareholder returns. Board members and corporate officers will gain an understanding of how to determine the holistic, unique, and evolving risks an enterprise faces, along with the organizational and cultural challenges of cyber risk and its mitigation, the governance and regulatory requirements, and practical ideas on how to create a cyber risk management plan to include a cyber incident response.

Learn more and register here.


Safety, Security and the Role of Technology for Meeting and Event Professionals

Date: April 25, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


Technology impacts every aspect of the meeting and event process. It may be part of a safety hazard or part of a security measure. Helping to keep people safe is by far the most important contribution technology provides to the meetings and events industry. It can be a valuable tool to assess risk, such as evaluating the relative safety of a destination or venue. Innovations help mitigate risk, whether from high-tech facial recognition or robotic security systems or more mainstream technology like automated external defibrillators and event apps with security features. Communication can also be facilitated through technology used to allow meeting and event professionals to communicate with attendees, as a vehicle to deliver timely and relevant information in an emergency, and to track attendees when a crisis occurs.

What can be challenging are the laws that struggle to keep up with the fast-paced changes in technology. This course will highlight how these technologies are being implemented to mitigate risk and enhance security while considering the liability and privacy concerns related to these technologies that all meeting and event professionals need to understand. Experts will draw upon real-life examples and case studies to help participants navigate the ever-changing role of technology and walk that thin line keeping our events safe while not infringing on individuals’ rights. Learn more and register here.


Integrated Security for the Event Industry

Date: April 26, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


To ensure the safety of attendees, staff and your organization, an integrated security system of awareness, capabilities, and preparedness must be implemented. History shows that events and hotels are targets for human-caused threats and the reality is that natural and technological threats can occur anywhere. Using a multidimensional approach, meeting and event professionals must prepare mentally and physically for crises, emergencies, and disasters that may occur. They must be prepared to respond appropriately when an adverse event does occur, and they must develop the personal and professional resilience to not only survive but thrive after a crisis or disaster.

This course will look closely at each stage of the planning process, from evaluating the threats unique to your meeting and event through on-site crisis management. Participants will explore strategies to build a resilient event staff as well as ensure the physical safety of clients.

Learn more and register here.


Bringing it All Together: Putting an Integrated Security Plan in Place for your Event

Date: September 26-27, 2019
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center
900 N Glebe Rd, 2nd floor
Arlington, VA 22203


Utilizing cutting-edge technology and gaming tactics, this capstone course will lead participants through an interactive simulation of an event situation. Capitalizing on Virginia Tech's Integrate Security Education and Research Center, participants will work with cybersecurity, analytics and technology experts to plan, execute and evaluate a simulated integrated security event as it happens. The capstone will focus on the role of each team member in minimizing risk, protecting client safety and ensuring the security of event goers as well as mitigating liability to the event professional and their business.

Learn more and register here.