BALTIMORE— As one of the founding sponsors of the CFO Leadership Council’s Baltimore Chapter, the Baltimore Office hosted an Oct. 29 panel discussion on “ Cyber Security: How to Stay Abreast of the Latest Threats in Cyber Warfare ”.

Internet-based attacks on US corporations accomplish varied objectives, such as disrupting computer information networks; gaining unauthorized access to systems; realizing economic incentives by accessing sensitive financial information and payment systems; and stealing critical intellectual property. And unfortunately, these attacks are becoming more sophisticated and frequent. The CFO Leadership Council panel discussed topics germaine to the role of the finance professionals including:

  • The preparation, policies and procedures companies can put into place today to improve their security posture;
  • How to build incident response plans;
  • Technologies to consider that reflect a company type, size and industry; and
  • Future exposure threats to consider.

The panel consisted of Anthony DiGiulian, Principal at SC&H Group; Brian Dykstra, CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics; Phil Ferraro, Chief Information Security Officer of NetApp; and Rodrigo Loureiro, Chief Information Security Officer & VP IT Ops of Laureate. Tina Williams-Koroma, Owner/ President of TCecure, LLC, will serve as the moderator.

The event took place at Womble Bond Dickinson’s Baltimore office, located at 100 Light Street in downtown Baltimore.

The CFO Leadership Council provides educational and networking opportunities to chief financial officers and other senior-level financial executives. The Baltimore Chapter is the latest of 27 chapters in the US & Canada, representing more than 3,000 finance executives across a wide range of industries.

This was the second CFO Leadership Council event in Baltimore hosted by Womble Bond Dickinson. The first, which took place September 18, focused on “Beyond the Numbers – The CFO as an Agent of Change.” More events are scheduled in the months to come.

Christé Spiers, Director of Client Service in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Baltimore office, serves on the Steering Committee of the CFO Leadership Council’s Baltimore Chapter along with other sponsors in the community including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Newmark Knight Frank, Oracle Netsuite, Robert Half Management Resources and SC&H Group. The next event is on “Retaining and Hiring Top Talent” and will take place December 10.