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The role of security in business is unquestionable. The unparalleled rate of change in our evolving knowledge-based economy has placed a new and essential emphasis on corporate security. Now, more than ever, security is a key issue that business leaders must address, collaborate on and commit to.

The Partnership for Defense Innovation (PDI) announced Tuesday that it will host the Global S.T.A.R. Conference: Security, Threats & Risk, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary.

The sponsors said the conference is the premier executive security forum for senior corporate executives, public sector leaders and industry visionaries engaged in global business, research and development, technology, financial services, defense, security and innovation.

“PDI is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Military Foundation, North Carolina Military Business Center, BRAC Regional Task Force and the North Carolina Technology Association to hold this world-class event to ensure that the corporate leadership in North Carolina is apprised of the threat environment, informed on the latest trends in intellectual property theft, and engaged in discussion on enhancing their security infrastructure in their global business,” explained Scott Perry, PDI president.

“Economic warfare is here, and we want to make sure that our companies have all the tools and knowledge to protect and defend their assets.”

The conference is designed with interactive panel discussions that focus on various critical areas including Economic Warfare, National Intelligence, Security Threats and Security in the Real World. Tom Mahlik, Section Chief, Counterintelligence, FBI; Chris Swecker, Senior Vice President of Global Security, Bank of America; Dr. Michael Gelles, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche, LLP; and Theresa Payton, Former CIO, Executive Office of the President, are just a few of the speakers scheduled to present at the conference.

“Economic espionage and global threats are on the rise and increasingly sophisticated,” Joan Myers, PDI director of special projects, said. “Understanding these threats is paramount to economic and national security. This is a conference CEOs, CFOs and the public sector cannot afford to miss.”

PDI promotes economic development by maintaining a business accelerator for companies engaged in the research and development of technologies associated with military and homeland security while lessening the burden of the government. PDI manages and operates the Defense & Security Technology Accelerator (DSTA), a thought leader in business acceleration, as well as the SOF Wireless Networking Test Bed.