Florida Center for Cybersecurity

"Defeating Ransomware" event to explore billion-dollar cybercrime enterprise

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2017) – The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is pleased to collaborate with Passcode from The Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday, January 31, for "Defeating Ransomware." During this free event, cybersecurity leaders from government and business will explore the impact of ransomware on industry, government agencies and national security.

These experts will discuss solutions and defenses to this malware that locks computer files until victims pay up. They will also focus on the tricky legal and ethical issues that confront victims after an attack.

A special feature of the event is a keynote interview with Mike McConnell, Vice Admiral USN (Ret.) and Former Director of National Intelligence. The event also features a moderated panel composed of experts from industry and government:

  • Jason Raymond, CISO, Guidewell/ Florida Blue
  • Paul Vitchock, Supervisory Special Agent, Tampa FBI Cyber Squad
  • Virginia Lee, VP, Technology, Cyber Security, Nielsen
  • David Siles, CTO, DataGravity

"Ransomware is one of today's biggest cyber threats and we're pleased to work with The Christian Science MonitorPasscode to host today's event and encourage dialogue on the topic," said Sri Sridharan, director at FC2. "This is an issue that can potentially impact anyone."

"Defeating Ransomware" takes place Tuesday, January 31, at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa. Attendance is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 11:00 a.m.

For more event details and to reserve your spot, visit the registration page.

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC2 is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

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Media Contact: Kate Whitaker, 813-974-1229

“Defeating Ransomware” brings together cybersecurity leaders from government and business to explore the impact of ransomware on industry, government agencies and national security.