Hackers are targeting factories for shutdown. Major brands like credit agency Equifax have been victims of cyber-attacks affecting millions of customers. So with cyber-crime damage costs predicted to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021, the Quad Cities Chamber is proud to bring together industry, business, and community leaders in a panel format to discuss the growing importance of cyber security to our region's businesses and their operations. Join us for the Cyber-security Town Hall: Protecting Your Business Against the Growing Threat of Cyber Crime from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Current Iowa hotel, 215 N. Main St., Davenport.
The town hall will include an hour-long panel conversation led by regional subject matter experts to help area businesses understand the growing cyber-security threat to industry supply chains. The panel will cover:
- What's important on the cyber-security landscape now
- Why businesses should care
- What steps businesses should take to assess their cyber-security readiness
- How to move toward implementation
- What new certifications will soon be required for those doing business with the Dept. of Defense and other government entities
Additionally, the town hall will address new Department of Defense (DoD) guidelines surrounding cyber-security going into place at the end of the year that will significantly impact any company that does business with the DoD. Through the new guidelines, companies that either do direct business with the DoD, or provide a product or service to a company that does business with the DoD, will be required to meet new cyber-security standards. Those that don’t will potentially incur major fines or lose contracts with the DoD.
After the panel discussion, attendees will continue the conversation at one of five different small-group discussions led by individual moderators. Topics will appeal to a broad range of cyber security experience from novice to advanced.
This program is presented by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, which is funded, in part, by the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program.
While there is no cost to attend, registration is required as seating is limited. Register here.