April 02, 2013 | Palo Alto, California: Ms. Shellye Archambeau, CEO of leading Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions provider, MetricStream, and Cybersecurity Champion of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, will speak at the opening session of the Silicon Valley Cybersecurity Summit. Ms. Archambeau will also moderate a panel discussion on private-public partnerships -- encouraging collaboration between business, higher education, and government entities in order to strengthen cybersecurity without harming innovation. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group produced summit will be held on April 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California.

Ms. Archambeau will join a distinguished lineup of speakers and attendees, including policy makers from the White House, congressional leaders on cybersecurity, top Chief Risk Officers, and cybersecurity technology experts from business and academia. These thought leaders and law makers will participate in three panels that explore President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) and other cybersecurity legislations, as well as concerns such as consumer privacy over an open Internet, the role of government oversight, and the responsibilities of the public-private infrastructure.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 might have been vetoed for the second time in the Senate, but it has set the tone for similar legislation which aims to protect the U.S., its businesses, and its civilians from cyber warfare -- one of the nation’s greatest threats.

On February 12, 2013, President Obama released the EO on cybersecurity which supports the adoption of a cybersecurity framework by owners and operators of critical infrastructure. That same day, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was reintroduced in the House. The Act proposes that certain cyber-threat intelligence and related information be shared between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities. A few weeks later came the proposed bill to reform FISMA, and enable a more proactive and consistent approach to tackling cyber threats.

Reforms such as these are critical in today’s complex world, where trends such as big data, hyper-connectivity, cloud computing, and mobility have opened up sensitive information to a range of sophisticated and stealthy cyber-threats. It is becoming increasingly vital to ensure that the right people, processes, and systems are in place to mitigate cybersecurity risks and facilitate transparency and control over critical infrastructure assets.

The Leadership Group’s Cybersecurity Summit will cover these issues, as well as legislative priorities for Silicon Valley companies, and the need to balance innovation and cybersecurity. Being a cybersecurity thought leader, the Leadership Group plays a major role in putting forward innovation models, educating the media and policy makers on the importance of government-funded cybersecurity research, and strengthening government support towards the education of the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Cybersecurity Summit, and am looking forward to discussing how we can better protect our critical infrastructure and assets,” said Ms. Archambeau. She continued, “At both MetricStream and the Leadership Group, we continue to champion the cause of cybersecurity, and collaborate closely with businesses and the government to create more robust tools and processes for managing, monitoring, and mitigating cyber-threats. I firmly believe that it’s only when we all come together in forums such as these that we can make our nation and the world at large more secure, better regulated, and better governed.”

About MetricStream

MetricStream is the independent market leader in enterprise cloud applications for governance, risk, compliance (GRC), and quality management. MetricStream apps and software solutions improve business performance by strengthening risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, audit management, vendor governance, and quality management for organizations across industries, including banking and financial services, health care, life sciences, energy and utilities, consumer brands, government, technology, and manufacturing. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with an operations and GRC innovation center in Bengaluru, India, and sales and operations support in 12 other cities globally.(www.metricstream.com).

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