Federal Trade Commission Announces Agenda for Nov. 5 Start With Security Conference in Austin

FTC Commissioner McSweeny Will Open Event Focused On Tech Industry

Experts from across the technology industry will share their tips and insights on how startups can secure their applications at the Federal Trade Commission’s Start with Security conference taking place Nov. 5 in Austin, Texas.

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny will give opening remarks at the event, which is designed to provide the latest information and best practices about security to the large technology community in and around Austin.

The day will feature speakers who have helped build and run security programs at large-scale enterprises and rapid-growth startups in Austin, like Dell, RetailMeNot, Honest Dollar, and National Instruments, along with top security experts.

Panels will address how startups can: build a culture of security, including how they can effectively model threats, train their developers, and ensure secure coding practices; scale security testing when they are growing rapidly and continuously iterating their products; work with third-party code and bug reports, and effectively address vulnerabilities; and move past bug hunting to embrace key security features.

In addition to the panel discussions, Venu Shamapant, co-founder of venture capital firm LiveOak Venture Partners, will take part in a “fireside chat” with Commissioner McSweeny on security issues facing today’s startups.

The event will take place at the University of Texas, Austin, AT&T Conference Center, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. A full schedule and panelist biographies, along with details on the conference can be found on the event’s webpage. The event is free and open to the public, and participants are invited to pre-register for the event.

The University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center and the Center for Identity are co-sponsors of the event with the FTC. Similar events are planned for other cities in the months ahead.

As part of its longstanding efforts to promote good data security practices, the FTC has undertaken extensive efforts to educate businesses and recently, released Start with Security: A Guide for Business, which draws on the lessons learned from the FTC’s data security enforcement actions.

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Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jay Mayfield
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2181

STAFF CONTACT:
Laura Berger
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2471

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