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Friday, March 20, 2015

U.S. Attorney to Moderate Panel of Experts on Cybercrime and Security

BIRMINGHAM -- U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Monday will moderate a panel of cyber security experts discussing cybercrime and what businesses can do to minimize the threat of intrusion into their computer systems.

In conjunction with the non-profit technology association, TechBirmingham, the U.S. Attorney's Office is presenting the Panel on Cybercrime and Cyber Prevention: The Partnership between Government and Business. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Alabama Power Headquarters Auditorium, 600 18th Street North, in Birmingham.

The panelists include:

Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., who retired from the U.S. Army as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and now works for Auburn University as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs;

David H. Laufmann, chief of the Counterespionage Section in the National Security Division of the Department of Justice;

Jenny Durkan, former U.S. Attorney in Seattle, who ran the cyber program for U.S. Attorneys nationwide and is now global chair of the Cyber Law and Privacy Group;

Michele Cantley, who recently retired as chief information security officer at Regions Bank.

The panel will address the nature of cyber threats, possible prevention and mitigation steps, and best practices for working with federal law enforcement.

"Cybercrime is becoming pervasive and it is important to build awareness and plan in advance of an event," Vance said. "This is true, despite the nature or size of your organization, if you have information on your system you wish to protect," she said.

The event is free to attend. For more information and to register visit:

Updated March 26, 2015