Press Release

Cybersecurity experts plan to speak on Oct. 23 and Nov. 8, at USM

PORTLAND, Maine – Leaders in the cybersecuirty field will gather at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus over the course of the next few weeks. Experts from Bernstein Shur will be on hand for USM Corporate Partners’ breakfast event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, while a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral will be the keynote at a conference on Friday, Nov. 8.

“Despite enormous resources devoted to combating data breaches and other cybercrimes, incidents continue to grow. In fact, it costs corporations an average of $417,748 and 18 business days to recover from a breach,” noted Betsy Uhuad, director of USM Corporate Partners, in announcing the events.

Beginning with the USM Corporate Partners breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 23, attorneys Josh Silver and Dan Mitchell, co-chairs of Bernstein Shur’s Data Security team, will deliver a talk entitled “Keeping Your Business Safe and Secure in the Digital Age.” They plan to use case studies and best practices to guide attendees through the process of avoiding a data breach and recovering from one if it occurs.

“Silver and Mitchell are both well-versed in providing legal and technical counsel before, during and after a breach,” noted Uhuad. “The topic will be particularly relevant for the business owners and managers who attend the Corporate Partners breakfast events.”

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Established in 1989 to develop and support partnerships between the business sector and the University of Southern Maine, USM Corporate Partners is comprised of more than 350 business people, from nearly 60 companies, who believe that a responsive public university plays a key role in building and sustaining a vibrant community.

Thanks in part to the generous sponsorship of Broadreach Public Relations, attendance at the October 23 breakfast event requires registration and is available for free to Corporate Partners members and to others interested in learning more about the topic and/or Corporate Partners membership. For more information and/or to register, contact Betsy Uhuad at buhuad@usm.maine.edu or 207-780-4714.

WHAT: USM Corporate Partners Breakfast: Keeping Your Business Safe and Secure in the Digital Age

WHO: Josh Silver and Dan Mitchell, Co-Chairs of Bernstein Shur’s Data Security Team

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 7:15 a.m.

WHERE: University of Southern Maine, Portland campus, Glickman Library’s University Events Room

COST: Free with preregistration

FMI: Betsy Uhuad at buhuad@usm.maine.edu or 207-780-4714

Two weeks later, the topic of cybersecurity continues with the 2nd Annual State of IT in Maine Cyber Security Conference on Friday, November 8. The day-long event will provide insights into current state of the art technologies and give an overview of “disruptive technologies” that are occurring in Maine and beyond. The keynote will be delivered by USM alumnus and U.S. Navy Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance, Rear Admiral William E. Leigher. Other speakers, breakout sessions and programming will be announced soon, which will round out the day’s events.

The conference is organized by the Institute for Information & Innovation at USM as well as the recently funded Maine Cyber Security Cluster, and is intended for students and the public alike. Attendees network with those who also have cybersecurity challenges, educate themselves on emerging technologies and pending legislation, get answers and solutions from statewide practitioners, and learn about ongoing challenges in the cybersecurity field.

Attendance requires preregistration and ranges from free to $300 depending on desired participation level and other factors. For more information and to register, call 207-780-5960 or email conferences@usm.maine.edu.

WHAT: USM The 2nd Annual State of IT in Maine Conference

WHO: Rear Admiral William E. Leigher, USM alumnus and U.S. Navy Director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance

WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2013 @ 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: University of Southern Maine, Portland campus, Abromson Center

COST: Free for students, $25 for educators and government officials, $95 for general admission, $300 for exhibitors

FMI: 207-780-5960 or conferences@usm.maine.edu

“We hope that the community will take part in one or both of these events,” concluded Uhuad.

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