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Watch your inbox for the October 17th Fall Event invitation. The theme is resilience and will feature speakers in our key focus areas as well as opportunities for networking and learning more about how the CISC is working towards providing a secure networking forum and workforce training initiatives for its members. We are planning to have 100-150 attendees and hope you will be a part of this great event.

CISC is pleased to host a micro event during the Innov865 Week. Titled Cybersecurity Opportunities for the Entrepreneur and Small Business, it will be held on Friday, September 23rd, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at ORAU. Click here for all the details and to register.

The CISC has partnered with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee campus to hold monthly brown bag cyber lunches to hear talks on key topics regarding cybersecurity. The first event will be announced soon.

Industry News...

Cyber Education is Necessary for the Future of Mankind

Cases of cybercrimes are multiplying exponentially each year. New research from market analyst Juniper Research details that the more we embrace the Internet — and the more consumer information is digitized — the more likely companies will suffer a data breach. The company projects that by 2019, the cost of data breaches will increase to $2.1 trillion globally. That is four times the estimated costs of breaches in 2015.

Due to the lack of qualified American workers, corporations have been forced to go overseas to bring in cybersecurity experts utilizing the high tech, H1B visa. Foreign workers are certainly not the ideal employees when considering our national security — China alone has committed more than 600 successful cyberbreeches and attacks on the U.S. government and American corporations. 

There is, however, a new ray of hope that we can cling onto to overcome the huge gap between our cybersecurity needs and the lack of qualified American workers. Corporations, educators and even some of our elected officials are realizing that we need to start computer science education at the K-12 level to help guide our children into important fields that can provide secure futures and higher wages.

Source: Washington Examiner | Dan Perrin | September 5, 2016

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Is Only A Month Away!

The countdown to National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2016 has begun, with October 1 marking the start of the 13th annual event. This far-reaching initiative, co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), helps provide all digital citizens with the tools they need to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online. The overall theme for the month is “Our Shared Responsibility,” highlighting the role each individual and organization must play in promoting a safer internet. 

NCSA and DHS encourage their partners and companies of all sizes to take steps this October to protect themselves and the larger digital community. The 2016 NCSAM Champions – organizations that have officially joined on to support the month – are bolstering the greater effort by spreading the word about online safety at home, at work and in the community, and participating in NCSAM programs and events.

A core message used during the month and throughout the year is STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ – simple, actionable advice anyone can follow. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet. STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is a global online safety awareness and education campaign with hundreds of international partner organizations. STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ was co-founded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group and is implemented via a partner program of more than 420 organizations that integrate the campaign into their education and awareness efforts and share the message in their communities. It’s easy (and free) to sign up as a STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ partner;learn more here.

Source: National Cyber Security Alliance, | Release | September 1, 2016

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Innov865 Week Micro Event
Cybersecurity Opportunities for the Entrepreneur
& Small Business

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge, TN

Click here for details and to register.


Monday, October 17, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Downtown Knoxville Tennessee

Held in conjunction with the EDGE 2016 Security Conference.

You are invited to participate in this CISC partner event...

EDGE 2016 Security Conference. Bringing business leaders together with information and security professionals to solve today’s challenges, EDGE2016 is where complex business problems meet real world security solutions. For more information and to register:

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CISC’s mission is to make businesses and industries the most secure, expand R&D opportunities in cybersecurity, create a strong pipeline of cybersecurity talent, and transition new cybersecurity capabilities to industry thus growing new cybersecurity-focused companies. 
Two of the Nation's leading research entities – the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee (UT), – have joined with other private entities including members of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) to devise a strategy to position the region as a national leader in the development and deployment of cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies.

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