Geeking Out at the 2023 Cybersecurity Smorgasbord: Hot Trends, Cool Strategies, and a Whole Lot of Java

The 2023 Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network Convening was no mere gabfest. This cyber smorgasbord saw over 90 cybersecurity hotshots from 28 states geek out on strategies, threats, and trends. Less red carpet, more AI and data privacy; less Oscars, more cyber Oscars. A real powwow, where even the coffee had a firewall.

Hot Take:

It’s time to grab your cybersecurity cups of Joe, folks! The 2023 Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network Convening was the hottest ticket in town, where everyone who’s anyone in the world of state-level cybersecurity gathered to gab, gabble, and generally geek out on all things cyber. Governors’ advisors, state chief information security officers, and other cybersecurity bigwigs joined forces with corporate partners to powwow over the latest threats, trends, and strategies. With over 90 participants representing 28 states and DC, the event was a true cyber smorgasbord!

Key Points:

  • The 2023 Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network Convening brought together Governors’ advisors, state chief information security officers, and other cybersecurity officials to discuss cybersecurity strategies and challenges.
  • The event saw participation from over 90 attendees representing at least 28 states and the District of Columbia, fostering public and private partnerships and discussing gubernatorial priorities in the area of cybersecurity.
  • Featured speakers included Deputy National Cyber Director Drenan Dudley, Deputy Director Mara Winn of the Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) office, and Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Discussion topics spanned a wide array of cybersecurity areas, including cyber emergency response, critical infrastructure defense, statewide cyber strategies, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, artificial intelligence, data privacy, and the role of the state chief privacy officer, among others.
  • The event served as a platform to share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as identifying opportunities for future intra and interstate collaboration.

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Networks, Networks, Networks!

The Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network (CPAN) is a vital forum for the nation's cyber bigwigs. It's a place where ideas are shared, challenges are troubleshooted, and resources are exchanged. In other words, it's like a giant, high-tech, problem-solving party.

Who Was There?

The event was a who's who of cybersecurity. It was like the Oscars, but with less red carpet and more talk about artificial intelligence. Notable speakers included the likes of Deputy National Cyber Director Drenan Dudley and Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).

What They Talked About

The discussions were as wide-ranging as they were detailed. From cyber emergency response to the development of statewide cyber strategies, no cyber stone was left unturned. AI, data privacy, and the role of state chief privacy officers were also on the agenda. It's safe to say that if it's important in the world of cybersecurity, it was discussed here.

What Came Out Of It?

The event was not just talk. Real, tangible outcomes were achieved, such as creating and enhancing relationships between members of the Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network, building knowledge and expertise in various cybersecurity areas, and identifying opportunities for future collaboration. So, not only was it a great networking opportunity, but it was also a productive couple of days!

What's Next?

With the success of the 2023 convening, we can expect more in the future. More discussions, more collaborations, and more progress in the field of cybersecurity. So keep your eyes peeled, your firewalls up, and your passwords changed regularly. The future of cybersecurity is here, and it's exciting!