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Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace

Is your business ready to combat the threats of economic espionage from anywhere in the world? Is your company fully prepared to protect itself and its intellectual property from the menace of cyber attacks?

In partnership with the North Texas District Export Council, U.S. Commercial Service-Dallas Ft. Worth hosts the "Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace" event is designed to educate and inform you on these problems and global threats and how to obtain and implement the appropriate tools to protect your company. 

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What You Need To Know

EVENT: Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)

7AM-8AM: Hot breakfast & networking
7AM-8AM: Registration
8AM: Opening remarks
4:30PM: End of program

DATE: May 11, 2016
The Westin Dallas Park Central hotel, 12720 Merit Drive, Dallas, TX 75251
$150 ($112 for students and Chamber of Commerce members)
A hot breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks will be provided.


What You'll Gain From Attending This Event

The U.S. Commercial Service and the North Texas District Export Council hosts "Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Threats In The Global Marketplace" to educate and expand attendee's awareness to the threats of cybersecurity and economic espionage, as well as how to prevent it.

Attend this one day seminar to learn from our industry leading guest speakers on the:

  • primary components of a qualified business CyberSecurity program
  • relationship between education, policy, technology, and enforcement practices
  • types of cyber attacks that are occurring domestically and internationally
  • most likely type of attack versus the most damaging types of attacks
  • primary indicators that you are a target of economic / industrial espionage
  • law enforcement resources available to your firm
  • process of financial deception and theft through Internet domain “spoofing”
  • appropriate response to the media if you have suffered a breach or data loss
  • legal aspects of a domestic cyber-attack / intellectual property theft versus an international act
  • proper use of Social Media applications when operating in international settings

Hear and Gain From Leading Exports in the Cybersecurity and Economic Espionage Fields

Kevin Mellott
Kevin, founder and president of ERASE Enterprises, is our keynote speaker for the day. With his more than 42 years of experience in public safety, Kevin has become internationally recognized as an expert in public safety and special investigations. Working in both the public and private sectors, he provides economic espionage countermeasure services and routinely gives briefings to key executives on this high loss area of concern with an emphasis on cyber security threats. He is a member of the Cyber Security Advisory Boards for both Collin and Richland Colleges and serves as a Sector Chief for the North Texas chapter of InfraGard, an FBI-sponsored public-private CyberSecurity partnership program.

Jonathan Steenland
Jonathan is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., where he is responsible for developing strategic security programs for Fujitsu’s global business, which includes 500 companies and 170,000 employees across 100 countries. As the company's first Chief Security Officer in the Americas, Jonathan has led the development of numerous global security programs including Security Resource Planning (SRP), Enterprise Security Intelligence (ESI) and the most recent Advanced Security Innovation Center (ASIC). Jonathan is also the Executive Vice President of the North Texas chapter of InfraGard, an FBI-sponsored public-private partnership dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

Mike Marshall
Mike is the Chief Security Officer for BT Americas, a subsidiary of British Telecommunications, plc., which provides global network connectivity, data center services, voice communications, cloud-based solutions, cyber security protection and other IT services for Fortune 500 multinational customers. In his position, Mike is responsible for championing all aspects of security across the Americas, with a special emphasis on cyber protection, data/system management compliance, cyber and computer related investigations, and computer network protection. He also leads all internal investigations where assets, revenue, employees, or BT’s brand are put at risk as well as ensuring that BT security policies, procedures, and guidelines are applied consistently and in accordance with governmental legislation and requirements. He is also the single point of contact for national and state government/law enforcement related queries.

Ann Margaret Hinkle
Ann has 31 years of law enforcement experience, serving as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past 25 years. As an FBI agent, she has been assigned to violent crimes and counterintelligence matters. Ann has taken part in numerous high profile cases to include the Oklahoma City bombing, Atlanta Olympic bombing, Unabomber investigation, Pentagon Terrorist Attack, Twin Towers Terrorist Attack, Columbia Shuttle Disaster, and more recently, the East Texas Ricin Investigation. Ann has served the last three years as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI's Dallas division.

Jeff Crilley
Jeff is the moderator and facilitator for the forum. Jeff retired from television news after 25 years in the business to start the country's first "all journalist" PR firm. During his career, he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, and The CBS Early Show. He has been recognized with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Thurgood Marshall Award. In 2004, he was named by the Texas Associated Press, "The Best TV Reporter in the state.” He will discuss how your company should properly handle the press and the public if a cybersecurity breach were to happen. (Click here to learn more about Jeff).

You’ll Also Receive a Copy of the Movie “The Company Man”

Each firm represented at the event will receive one DVD copy of the new FBI video “The Company Man” which reenacts a true story of a foreign entity attempting to penetrate an American business for the purpose of carrying out acts of economic / industrial espionage.

Click here to watch a preview.


The Westin Dallas Park Central hotel, located just minutes northeast of Love Field and downtown Dallas, is newly-remodeled. Click here for more information or call (972) 385-3000.

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There are 3 parking options for you to choose from:

1)  The valet at the Merit Drive entrance ($17)
2)  The parking garage, discounted with event ($8)
3)  Free parking lot across the street from the hotel parking garage.

Our Sponsors

The North Texas District Export Council is one of the nationwide networks of DEC's which make significant contributions to America's international competitiveness. It is a diverse group of volunteer International Trade Professionals
representing regions throughout North Texas.

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and is a lead agency in the President's National Export Initiative. With trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in nearly 70 countries located in our U.S. Embassies and Consulates, we are in a unique position to assist U.S. exporters in growing their exports and expanding into new markets.

The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council is the premier business organization dedicated to advancing bilateral commercial relations. By leveraging its extensive networks in the U.S. and in the region, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council provides unparalleled access to senior decision makers in business and government with the aim of deepening bilateral trade and investment.

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is an exclusive membership-based network of international business leadership that establishes strategic connections with key decision-makers in the United States and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) to foster economic growth, educational advancement and mutual respect.

For more information about this event or if you have questions, contact David Royce with Commercial Service-Dallas Ft Worth at 1 (817) 999-9757 or e-mail him at

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