If you were unable to attend the 7th Annual GFIRST National Conference held in Nashville, TN last month,  or you did attend the conference but missed a presentation you would have liked to attend, you now have the opportunity to both review the results of the entire conference in more detail, as well as, a chance to read or re-visit those individual presentations offered at this year’s conference.

In either case, this information should be passed along to those emergency managers, security engineers, and cyber incident responder teams in your organization. Many of these presentations would also be a great resource for those information technology administrators and directors along with Chief Information Security Officers in your organization whether that organization is a public or private sector entity.

These conference materials are presented on the US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) website.  CLICK HERE  to access a listing of these reports with appropriate links to download those reports along with the chance to learn more about what our government is doing to combat the ongoing challenge to address and mitigate cyber security threats for both the public and private sectors in the U.S.

As stated on the website:

GFIRST (Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) is a group of technical and tactical practitioners from incident response and security response teams responsible for securing government information technology systems and providing private sector support in the U.S.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the public and private sectors. Established in 2003, US-CERT leads and coordinates efforts to improve the Nation’s cybersecurity posture, promote cyber information sharing, and manage cyber risks to the Nation through the following responsibilities:

Analyze and reduce cyber threats and vulnerabilities

Disseminate cyber threat warning information

Coordinate with partners and customers to achieve shared cyber situational awareness of the Nation’s cyber critical infrastructure

Provide response and recovery support for national assets

Advise on national-level cybersecurity policy and guidance  

US-CERT carries out its mission in close collaboration with its partners and constituents (federal departments and agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, industry, academia, the general public, and international partners) along with other branches of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD).

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