By WRAL Tech Wire

CARY, N.C. – Corporate executives in North Carolina and beyond will have an exclusive opportunity to hear about some of the latest best practices in cyber security and much more on Friday in Cary.

The Cyber Security for Executive Leadership: What Every CEO Should Know event begins Friday morning at the Embassy Suites in Cary as leaders delve in the dark world of cyber security and learn more about the best practices forming the DHS Cyber Test Bed Project.

“Our project was specifically targeted to test a methodology to assist small and mid-size businesses in reducing cyber-risk,” said Joan P.H. Myers, director of SOF and Cyber Technologies at Applied Research Associates. “Our cyber test bed project demonstrated that given actionable information on cyber threat and approaching cyber security in a holistic manner – personal security, physical security, cyber security, intellectual property protection and contingency planning – companies can significantly reduce risk. CEOs embracing cyber security is critical.”

The invitation-only event is targeted to corporate executives and hosted by the Insitute of Homeland Security Solutions, Applied Research Associates, and RTI International as well as sponsored by Wake County Economic Development.

Featured participants on the agenda include Charlotte Scheper, Cyber Test Bed Project Manager and director of the Cyber Security Program at RTI International and Kemal Piskin, Cyber Test Bed Project Manager from ARA; Congressman David Price; Carlos Kizzee with U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Theresa Payton, president of Fortalice and former White House CIO; Chris Swecker, president of Swecker Enterprises; Scott O’Neal, director at Mandiant; Ed Petkovich, chairman of the Walsingham Group; Richard Bejtlich, Chief Security Officer and Security Services Architect at Mandiant; and David Schanzer, director at the Triangle Center for Terrorism & Homeland Security.

This ongoing and determined looks to raise awareness of the dangers currently facing corporate America and designed to give executives a briefing on new essentials while branching out from traditional business issues.

The program gets underway at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.