DALLAS, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Conner, president and CEO of Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing digital identities and information, will be this year's keynote speaker at the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) luncheon today at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Conner will discuss today's rapidly evolving cyber ecosystem — from a dramatic rise in the number mobile devices to serious security concerns stemming from state-sponsors attacks, as well as terrorists and activist groups.
"One of my primary career objectives is to be strategically positioned at the inflection point of digital technology transformations," said Conner. "The cyber security revolution is gaining momentum and our challenge is to address this new reality head on. Financial institutions, governments and organizations must embrace both mobile and the cloud as crucial tools in our fight against malware and today's cyber criminals."
During the event, Conner will receive the prestigious NYSC Alumnus of the Year award, which is given to alumni who support NYSC with their efforts, achieve recognition in their chosen fields and helps further science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
"In selecting our Alumnus of the Year, the NYSC seeks to recognize individuals who make contributions of enormous value to their field," said Honorable Chief Judge Ronald G. Pearson, Chairman of the Board, National Youth Science Foundation. "Bill Conner and Entrust are providing critically important global leadership for the development of safe and responsible solutions that safeguard digital identities and secure communication."
The 50th annual luncheon is hosted by West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller in honor of the 2013 delegates to the National Youth Science Camp.
"One of the biggest cybersecurity issues we face is training and preparing the next generation of cyber experts. Our children understand how much technology impacts our country and their daily lives, but we need to make sure they grasp the potential threats too," said Rockefeller. "Students are in an unparalleled position to help defend against cyberattacks in the future, so we need to give them every opportunity to break into this critical field."
Founded in 1963, the NYSC is a summer honors program for young scientists from around the country who recently graduated from high school. The camp is a four-week program that consists of lectures by scientists, hands-on studies and voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program.
Conner, a 1977 Arkansas delegate to NYSC, is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure executives worldwide. Following his NYSC experience, Conner went on to graduate from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Following graduation, Conner lead a number of key divisions of AT&T, later served as Nortel Networks' first chief marketing officer and also held various senior executive positions at Nortel Networks, including president of Nortel Enterprise Networks and e-Business Solutions.
A leading expert in the field, Conner has testified before the U.S. Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on cybersecurity. Entrust has long been a trusted provider of security solutions for the U.S. government, including the GSA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, and the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Defense and Homeland Security.
Entrust offers a range of authentication and credentialing capabilities to organizations and government agencies. These capabilities allow agencies to easily and effectively manage security across a range of users and applications.
A trusted provider of identity-based security solutions, Entrust secures governments, enterprises and financial institutions in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. Entrust's award-winning software authentication platforms manage today's most secure identity credentials, addressing customer pain points for cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access, citizen eID initiatives, certificate management and SSL. For more information about Entrust products and services, call 888-690-2424, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.entrust.com.
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