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Partnership Insight Series: Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace

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In partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, the Bilateral Chamber welcomes you to register for the “Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace” event is designed to educate and inform you on these problems and global threats and how to obtain and implement the appropriate tools to protect your company.

This one-day seminar from industry leading speakers will cover topics such as:

  • Primary components of a qualified business cybersecurity program
  • Relationship between education, policy, technology, and enforcement practices
  • Types of cyber attacks that are occurring domestically and internationally
  • Most likely type of attack versus the most damaging types of attacks
  • Primary indicators that you are a target of economic / industrial espionage
  • Law enforcement resources available to your firm
  • Process of financial deception and theft through internet domain “spoofing”
  • Appropriate response to the media if you have suffered a breach or data loss
  • Legal aspects of a domestic cyber-attack / intellectual property theft versus an international act
  • Proper use of social media applications when operating in international settings

Speakers Include:

Kevin Mellott
Kevin, Founder and President of ERASE Enterprises, is the keynote speaker for the day and will speak on The CyberSecurity Threat – Managing This Risk While Operating in the Global Market Place.

With his more than 42 years of experience in public safety, Kevin has become internationally recognized as an expert in public safety and special investigations. Working in both the public and private sectors, he provides economic espionage countermeasure services and routinely gives briefings to key executives on this high loss area of concern with an emphasis on cyber security threats. He is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Boards for both Collin and Richland Colleges and serves as a Sector Chief for the North Texas chapter of InfraGard, an FBI-sponsored public-private CyberSecurity partnership program.


Jonathan Steenland
Jonathan is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., and will address the topic of Is the CyberSecurity Attack Threat Real?

Jonathan is responsible for developing strategic security programs for Fujitsu’s global business, which includes 500 companies and 170,000 employees across 100 countries. As the company’s first Chief Security Officer in the Americas, Jonathan has led the development of numerous global security programs including Security Resource Planning (SRP), Enterprise Security Intelligence (ESI) and the most recent Advanced Security Innovation Center (ASIC). Jonathan is also the Executive Vice President of the North Texas chapter of InfraGard, an FBI-sponsored public-private partnership dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.


Mike Marshall
Mike is the Chief Security Officer for BT Americas, a subsidiary of British Telecommunications, plc., which provides global network connectivity, data center services, voice communications, cloud-based solutions, cyber security protection and other IT services for Fortune 500 multinational customers. Mike will discuss the topic of International “Spoofing” Fraud – Protecting your Business from Financial Loss. 

In his position, Mike is responsible for championing all aspects of security across the Americas, with a special emphasis on cyber protection, data/system management compliance, cyber and computer related investigations, and computer network protection. He also leads all internal investigations where assets, revenue, employees, or BT’s brand are put at risk as well as ensuring that BT security policies, procedures, and guidelines are applied consistently and in accordance with governmental legislation and requirements. He is also the single point of contact for national and state government/law enforcement related queries.


Ann Margaret Hinkle
Ann has 31 years of law enforcement experience, serving as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past 25 years. Ann will speak on Corporate Espionage:  Yes, I Mean You!

As an FBI agent, she has been assigned to violent crimes and counterintelligence matters. Ann has taken part in numerous high profile cases to include the Oklahoma City bombing, Atlanta Olympic bombing, Unabomber investigation, Pentagon Terrorist Attack, Twin Towers Terrorist Attack, Columbia Shuttle Disaster, and more recently, the East Texas Ricin Investigation. Ann has served the last three years as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI’s Dallas Division.


Jeff Crilley
Jeff is the moderator and facilitator for the forum and will address the topic of Crisis Management – Responding to News of a CyberSecurity Attack and Penetration.

Jeff retired from television news after 25 years in the business to start the country’s first “all journalist” PR firm. During his career, he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, and The CBS Early Show. He has been recognized with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Thurgood Marshall Award. In 2004, he was named by the Texas Associated Press, “The Best TV Reporter in the state.” He will discuss how your company should properly handle the press and the public if a cybersecurity breach were to happen.


For more information about this event or for any questions, please contact David Royce at +1 (817) 999-9757 or david.royce@trade.gov.