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​NTSC National CISO Policy Conference Announces Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin As Keynote Speaker

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ATLANTA, GA (September 21, 2017) – Lieutenant General James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin, the former Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) in Fort Meade, Maryland, will be one of three keynote speakers at the inaugural NTSC National CISO Policy Conference on October 5, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta. General McLaughlin will speak about “Cyber Trends in National Security.”

“National security and cybersecurity have increasingly become more intertwined every year, and we’re now at an important inflection point when it comes to the way we approach defending ourselves against cyberattacks,” said General McLaughlin. “I look forward to sharing my thoughts about some important cyber trends that I see from the perspective of my role at USCYBERCOM. Plus, it’s critical to foster dialogue between government and the private sector, and I look forward to engaging with CISOs at this important conference.”

As Deputy Commander of USCYBERCOM, General McLaughlin directed the cyber forces that defend the Department of Defense’s information networks, provide full-spectrum cyberspace options to military plans and operations and, when directed, defend U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks of significant consequence.

General McLaughlin entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing, and numbered air force levels and has served on the staffs at major command headquarters, combatant command headquarters, the National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force headquarters, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“With more than 30 years of military experience including high-level positions in the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, General McLaughlin offers our conference a unique perspective about cybersecurity related to national security,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “CISOs want to form a better relationship with the public sector, and General McLaughlin’s role at USCYBERCOM provides a good way for attendees at the conference to talk about issues such as protecting critical infrastructure and defending themselves from nation states that often threaten American businesses. We look forward to this distinguished general joining us at our inaugural conference.”

General McLaughlin will join a lineup of speakers and panelists who will address topics including cyber policy and technology; artificial intelligence, big data, and automation; cyber threat intelligence sharing; GDPR; and cybersecurity and education. An invitation-only event for CISOs and senior cybersecurity policy stakeholders, the NTSC National CISO Policy Conference will conclude Atlanta Cyber Week—a week of exciting Atlanta cybersecurity activity that includes Baker Donelson’s Cybersecurity Accelerator Meetup and Cybercon 2017.

About U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)

USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

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.

Contact: NTSC Associate Director, Kimberly Steele at or 470-823-4303

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