Information Security and Big Data Forum Comes to Downtown Columbus

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District Event will provide tips for consumers and businesses to protect themselves online

[COLUMBUS-OH] Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) has assembled a team of experts to illustrate how Columbus businesses can protect their computer networks, digital files and enhance security measures during the Capital Crossroads Information Security and Big Data Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 8:30am, at the Chase Tower, 100 E. Broad Street, 6th floor.

“This Capital Crossroads forum will provide some of the opportunities and pitfalls connected with Big Data, which is a growth industry right here in central Ohio. I am thrilled to provide opening remarks,” said Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano.

Both large Fortune 500 companies and small businesses are faced with the threat of hackers or scammers lifting sensitive data and posing security threats. Estimates from IBM indicate that businesses are attacked an average of 16,856 times a year. That is 46 attacks every business has to deal with every day — or nearly two attacks an hour. 

“The necessity for Columbus area businesses to protect their data safely and securely is essential in today’s digital economy,” Stinziano continued. 

Panelists include:

  • Nicholas Hinsch, CEO of eVAL. eVal specializes in Information Security and Networking solutions.
  • Nicole Walker, director of External Affair with AT&T. AT&T provides consumer and business communications backed by innovative security and customer support capabilities.
  • Blair Staud, vice president of Ohio Support Services. Ohio Support Services provides commercial security programs and personnel to help prevent losses and protect company assets. 
  • David Wilson, attorney with Kegler Brown. Kegler Brown provides practical and comprehensive legal and business solutions dealing with information security and privacy law issues in business operations.

Capital Crossroads SID employs safety ambassadors, special-duty police officers and a homeless outreach specialist. The SID facilitates real-time communication with safety professionals throughout downtown and offers a holistic approach to crime prevention.  The goal of these efforts is to make downtown a clean, safe and fun place to work, live and play.