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Nathan Garrett Featured as Keynote Speaker on Cybersecurity at KSU Event

Graves Garrett Partner Nathan Garrett was recently asked to serve as the keynote speaker for Kansas State University’s inaugural Ingenuity Central event on its Olathe campus.

As a former FBI Special Agent and federal prosecutor in national security affairs, Garrett was asked to give a speech on cybersecurity as part of the event’s opening ceremony. The event, which included an audience of nearly 300 technology industry leaders and executives, was held on April 9 as a forum for companies to showcase their innovative services and products and engage in enlightened discussions on pertinent industry topics.

During his presentation, Garrett explained that while “disruption” is often the intent behind security breaches by terrorists, economic espionage and intellectual theft serve as powerful motivators for would-be hackers. In total, cybersecurity breaches have resulted in an estimated $575 billion in global loss.

Garrett noted that the current Administration and Congress have prioritized cybersecurity, imposing not only enhanced enforcement on hackers, but also increased liability on data holders. Garrett stressed the need for companies to develop a comprehensive plan to strengthen cybersecurity. He suggested companies establish an assessment and response team that includes executive membership, in-house counsel and IT specialists, as well as outside legal counsel and technology experts.

Garrett emphasized, “Much like the accounting phenomenon of the last two decades, cybersecurity must move from the tech room to the board room. Company leadership that ignores this call will do so at its own peril.” 

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