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National Technology Security Coalition Celebrates Second Anniversary

Thursday, February 1, 2018

ATLANTA, GA (February 1, 2018) – The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) celebrated its second anniversary on January 19. Founded by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in 2016, the NTSC has grown rapidly into an influential CISO advocacy group in Washington, D.C. with the goal of improving national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

“When TAG formed the NTSC in January 2016, we envisioned an organization that would serve as the preeminent advocacy voice for CISOs in Washington D.C.,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “Since the NTSC’s founding, we have made significant inroads toward fulfilling this mission. Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Policy Council now include 50 senior technology executives who are actively involved with the NTSC—with that number constantly growing.”

The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. The organization encourages dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, our annual DC Fly-In, and our National CISO Policy Conference.

“At the NTSC, our vision is to help in national public cybersecurity policy and become both a trusted partner and go-to source for policymakers,” said Tim Callahan, Global CISO of Aflac and Chair of the NTSC Board of Directors. “In just two years, we’ve already made great progress toward that goal as many policymakers have started to reach out to us as they draft laws and regulations. We see a high demand for an organization like ours, suggesting our voice is both needed and welcome.”

Along with Callahan, other founding CISO board members of the NTSC include Pete Chronis (Turner), Michael Blache (TaxSlayer), Kevin Gowen (Synovus), Joshua Koplik (IAC/InterActiveCorp), Marc Varner (Yum! Brands), Selim Aissi (Ellie Mae), and Ken Athanasiou (AutoNation).

With a broad membership of CISOs covering many different industries and companies, the NTSC approaches important cybersecurity policy issues with a non-partisan, holistic, practical viewpoint. Our prestigious board of CISOs represents leading companies including Aaron’s, Aetna, Aflac, AutoNation, Cox Automotive, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Epsilon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Day, Mastercard, MoneyGram International, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Torchmark, TransUnion, Turner, United Airlines, US Bank, Voya Financial, and Worldpay.

About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)

The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

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