NVTC Hosts Virginia Cyber Security Commission

On June 3, NVTC's Cybersecurity Committee hosted experts from the Virginia Cyber Security Commission in a panel discussion. The event was moderated by NVTC Board member John Wood, a member of the Commission and Chairman and CEO of Telos Corporation, and featured opening remarks from retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Bob Day, the executive director of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission.

In addition to Day, panelists consisted of commission members Jandria Alexander of The Aerospace Corporation, Jeffrey C. “J.C.” Dodson of BAE Systems, Rhonda Eldridge of Technica Corporation, Barry Horowitz of University of Virginia and Paul Tiao of Hunton & Williams.

John Wood.
NVTC Board member John Wood, member of the Commission and Chairman and CEO of Telos Corporation leads the discussion at the Virginia Cyber Security Commission event on June 3, 2015.

In Feb. 2014, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 8, establishing the Virginia Cyber Security Commission in order to "bring public and private sector experts together to make recommendations on how to make Virginia a leader in cyber security."

More than 400 people applied to the commission, panelists said, which is broken up into working groups in order to address different needs within the cybersecurity industry. In addition, Gov. McAuliffe made it clear that he expected results, setting a major goal of the commission of bringing businesses and jobs to Virginia, according to the panelists. Along with drawing business to Virginia, the Commission is focused on providing direct recommendations to state representatives, Wood said. As a result, commission members have been traveling to various forums around the Commonwealth to share the Commission's mission and objectives, activities to date and future plans.

The audience.
Audience members asked questions and provided input at the Virginia Cyber Security Commission event on June 3, 2015.

The panel provided NVTC members with an opportunity to hear directly from commissioners, ask questions and provide input. During the event, panelists addressed questions related to strengthening the workforce through education, closing the gap between cybersecurity and physical systems, implementing infrastructure, preventing security breaches within corporations, sharing information within government agencies, providing a pathway for students, expanding cyber into other industries, and more.

For more information about the Virginia Cyber Security Commission, click here.