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Registration Now Open for National Cybersecurity Symposium
Posted September 10, 2015 by CUNA Advocacy

Credit unions and other financial institutions are invited to register for a National Cybersecurity Symposium: Building Law Enforcement and Financial Services Sector Partnerships at 37 field locations across the country on Oct. 21 or 22, depending on location. 

The open house event is being hosted by a joint group of several federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It's sponsored by the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), which is the financial services sector’s coordinator for the protection of critical financial infrastructure. CUNA is an active FSSCC member and currently serves on the FSSCC Small Institution Outreach Task Group.

CUNA staff have worked with the FBI, USSS, and others to organize the event and provide credit union perspectives. This symposium is intended to be a proactive way for financial institutions to develop relationships with the FBI/USSS, before the occurrence of any potential cybersecurity-related breach. The symposium content is targeted to financial institution personnel that interact or will interact with the local FBI field office on cybersecurity matters--chief information security officers and chief security officers, for example. 

Since space for this event is limited and organizations will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis by location, CUNA encourages interested credit unions to register early. The cutoff date to request attendance is Oct. 2. The content will include an overview of the cyberthreat "landscape" as well as FBI/USSS capabilities and services. Those sessions will be followed by a roundtable discussion. 

There will also be a question-and-answer period followed by discussions on:
• Opportunities for steady state sharing and engagement;
• Access to threat intelligence (unclassified and classified); and
• Other areas (physical, fraud, terrorism, etc.) covered by the office 

The symposium coordinators will establish one follow-on activity between financial institution participants and their local field office. Click here for locations and to access registration information.