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Not If, But When: Cyber Security for Companies in an Age of Inevitable Hacks

March 10, 2015
Newton, MA



With the recent SONY issues, the report on credit card hackings of several companies, and companies merging to take advantage of “big data”, what are the current issues in cyber security? The question for board directors is no longer “if you are attacked,” but “when and are you ready?” Join a discussion with, Greg Touhill, Ed Davis and Cynthia Larose, on critical cyber security questions including lessons learned, how to know what you don’t know and ways to minimize risks from a practical viewpoint.      

Keynote Speaker:

Greg TouhillBrigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he focuses on the development and implementation of operational programs designed to protect our government networks and critical infrastructure systems.

Cyber Security for ExecutivesHe is the author of Cyber Security for Executives - A Practical Guide.

General Touhill retired from the U.S. Air Force in July 2013 after a distinguished career culminating as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems at U.S. Transportation Command—one of the nation’s 10 combatant commands. A highly decorated combat leader, he served as the United States Defense Attaché to Kuwait and as the 81st Training Wing commander, where he established the Air Force’s Cyberspace Operations training programs and led the $1 billion rebuilding of Keesler AFB, Miss., in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

General Touhill is a distinguished graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Advanced Communications Officer Training school, where he received the Webb Award as the top graduate. He also is a graduate of the Air War College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows program, and the University of North Carolina’s Logistics and Technology Program for Executives.

General Touhill maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Acquisition Professional, and the Advanced Professional Director certifications.


Cynthia LaroseCynthia Larose is Chair of Mintz Levin’s Privacy & Security Practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). She represents companies in information, communications, and technology, including e-commerce and other electronic transactions. Cynthia counsels clients through all stages of the “corporate lifecycle,” from start-ups through mid- and later-stage financings to IPO, and has broad experience in technology and business law, including online contracting issues, licensing, domain name issues, software development, and complex outsourcing transactions. She has extensive experience in privacy, data security, and information management matters, including state, federal, and international laws and regulations on the use and transfer of information, behavioral advertising, data security breach compliance and incident response, data breach incident response planning, as well as data transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. She conducts privacy audits and risk assessments to determine data and transaction flow and to assess privacy practices, and assists with drafting and implementation of privacy policies and information security policies and procedures and monitoring of privacy “best practices” across all levels of the enterprise. Cynthia received her JD and MS from Boston University and her undergraduate from the University of Massachusetts.

Ed DavisEdward F. Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a full-service security and consulting firm.  The firm  advises major corporations on the latest technology in the police and security fields, specializing in telecommunication, Cyber security, risk management, continuity of business planning, crisis management for corporations, as well as large scale events and best practice consulting in community policing.

Davis has been in law enforcement for 35 years and specifically served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013.  Commissioner Davis was Boston’s lead police official during the tragic Marathon bombing and testified before Congress about the bombing and lessons learned. 

The Commissioner’s extensive law enforcement background set the tone for policing in the city, from the walking beat, to managing massive demonstrations and special events, to creating an improved and trusting relationship between the police and community, to innovative technology and social media efforts that have improved public safety and allowed open dialogue with those the police department serves. Commissioner Davis has also worked internationally on police issues in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel.

Commissioner Davis served on the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Board of Directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association.  Commissioner Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.


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Newton Marriott Hotel
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

Program: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.



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