TAG to Host 2015 Cyber Security Simulation




Event simulates cyber attack of a fictional company in front of more than 300 executives and law enforcement and other cyber security professional.

ATLANTA (April 7, 2015) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in partnership with the TAG Information Security Society announced today that it will host  its 2015 Cyber Security Simulation  on Tuesday, May 5th at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta Campus in Marietta, Ga., Southern Polytechnic State.

More than 300 executives, law enforcement and other cyber security professionals are expected to attend the event. This event fosters dialogue between regional first responders and other agencies, and plays an important role at the regional level, helping develop and build regional disaster relief and response plans, in conjunction with southeastern emergency managers, such as the Georgia Emergency Response Agency.

The Cyber Security Simulation event is an all-day, open business continuity simulation: a role playing event where C-Level executives, senior management and security practitioners come together and “react” to a staged business-impacting cyber/physical attack and try and get their fictional organization back up and running.

“The cybersecurity of our critical infrastructure is a serious national security challenge, which is why this year’s TAG Cyber Security Simulation is so important,” says Tino Mantella, TAG President/CEO. “According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 53% of reported cybersecurity incidents in 2013 were related to the energy industry.”

The fictional Big Utility Company (BUC) and its three subsidiaries, Big Electric Company, Big Water Company and Big Gas Company will be the subject of four cyber attacks or a mixture of cyber attacks and physical attacks on critical infrastructure. Observers will see the anatomy of four attacks and the business, technical and legal response of the fictional BUC Dream Team as they apply their best practices to repel the attacks with minimum disruption to their business and experience realistic cyber attack scenarios and interact with the role players without the risk associated with an actual event. The specific attacks will be against a fictional company but you will come away with plenty of lessons learned that can be applied directly to your real-world environment.

“The simulation gives companies a unique opportunity to see the legal, technology and business issues that arise during a cyber-security attack,” said Roy Hadley, Chair of the TAG Info Security Society and partner in the Privacy & Information Security practice in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP.  “Companies will benefit from learning specific steps that can be taken to address issues related to different types of attacks. It has been invaluable to work with corporate executives throughout Atlanta who will play a role in the simulation.   We appreciate their participation in this important event.”

Learn more about the 2015 TAG Cyber Security Simulation at: http://www.tagonline.org/events/cybersecurity-simulation/ 


About TAG Information Security Society

The TAG Information Security Society’s mission is to provide a leadership forum focused on education and collaborative sharing of today’s information security, privacy, risk management and compliance related issues. Learn more at:  http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/information-security/


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah.

TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org

To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/

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