Cybersecurity Dominates the Agenda for Directors Attending the NACD Strategy & Risk Forum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) today announced its 2015 Strategy & Risk Forum, to be held in San Diego, CA, on May 12 and 13. Keynote speaker Tom Ridge—former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current CEO of Ridge Global, a risk-management consulting firm—will address boardroom leaders, general counsel, and corporate executives on how they can manage, mitigate, and respond to the cyber risks that now exist in the global marketplace.

Ridge will be joined by an array of other directors and renowned authorities on cybersecurity, who will share their expertise in keynote speeches, panel sessions, peer-exchange working groups, and networking breaks. See the complete agenda at

Large-scale cyberattacks on banks, retailers, media outlets, and governments have demonstrated that cyber risk must be proactively addressed in a world of rapidly evolving technology and political unrest. The agenda focuses on the implications that cybersecurity has for business operations, and session topics reflect both immediate and long-term concerns: defining and prioritizing key threats; global threats to critical infrastructure; disclosure, liability, and reputational risk; big data; shareholder activism; and the risks and rewards of globalization.

Peer-exchange working groups and customized learning-track options on Day Two will be tailored to directors and general counsel, allowing participants to engage with their peers in candid discussions around issues related to their particular boardroom roles.

"Threats posed by cyber risk are in the news every day. Even the largest corporations find themselves the targets of attacks," said NACD CEO Ken Daly. "Directors, as the stewards of their organizations, must collaborate and proactively combat risks to ensure their companies' technology infrastructures are ready. This is a vital issue in which shareholders also want to see strides made in light of recent data breaches."

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Laban P. Jackson, audit committee chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Raymond V. Gilmartin, former lead director, Microsoft; former chair, president, and CEO, Merck & Co.; director, NACD
  • Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Virginia Gambale, director, JetBlue Airways
  • David F. Heyman, assistant secretary, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Glenn B. Kaufman, director, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; chair, KEH Inc.; managing director, D Cubed Group
  • Peter Solmssen, former general counsel, Siemens
  • Larry Clinton, president and CEO, Internet Security Alliance
  • Cheryl Tyler, president and CEO, CLT3 Consulting LLC

To register, or to learn more about how you can participate in this groundbreaking event, visit

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the recognized authority on exemplary board leadership and leading boardroom practices. Informed by nearly 40 years of experience, NACD delivers insights and resources that more than 15,000 corporate director members rely on to make sound strategic decisions and confidently manage complex business challenges. NACD provides world-class director education programs, national peer-exchange forums, and proprietary research to promote director professionalism, ultimately enhancing the economic sustainability of the corporate enterprise and bolstering stakeholder confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To become an NACD member, contact Kelly Dodd at or (202) 380-1891.

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