In an effort to help inspire and train future cybersecurity professionals, for the second straight year Visa partnered with San Jose State University and the Bay Area Council to host the 2013 U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cybersecurity Summer Boot Camp. Held August 4-9 at San Jose State University, the camp’s mission is to give aspiring cyber security professionals hands-on training with workshops and presentations focusing on intrusion, detection, penetration and forensics. Students also had the opportunity to attend a job fair as well as talk with representatives from major San Francisco Bay Area technology companies and the federal government about how to prepare for a career in the cyber field.
I was thrilled to be invited to share my experiences in the field, hear directly from students at the executive roundtable discussion, and also watch them put their skills in action during the camp’s capture-the-flag competition.
When it comes to protecting the payments system from cyber threats and attacks, it starts with hiring and training the most talented cyber security professionals. That’s why we need to ensure we have the brightest minds and most effective tools available to meet the nation’s growing needs in the ongoing battle against cybercrime. As The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency warned in its spring 2013 Semiannual Risk Perspective report, “cyber-threats continue to increase in sophistication and require heightened awareness and appropriate resources to identify and mitigate the associated risks.”
Demonstrating our continued leadership and commitment to this issue, on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC, Visa will be convening executives from business, government, academia and law enforcement at the Visa Global Security Summit. This year’s theme will be “Responsible Innovation: Building Trust in a Connected World” and will feature keynotes by RSA Executive Chairman Arthur Coviello, who also joined on site at the San Jose State cyber camp, as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Space is limited so for more information and to register, visit: http://www.visasecuritysummit.com/. Visa will also be sharing more details on its website as they become available as well as through @VisaSecurity, hashtag #PaymentSecurity and on LinkedIn.
Posted by: Gary Warzala, Head of Global Information Security on August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am