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Organized in 1973, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation, the University of Tennessee complex, and the TVA  region.

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Cybersecurity Opportunity on Display in Knoxville

cisc-logo-p151-black-outline-finalLast Tuesday, one of those “best of the best” lists that we see almost daily on technology-focused websites popped-up. This one, however, captured our attention more than most articles because of its title: “7 Regional Hotbeds for Cybersecurity Innovation.”

We could not help but be struck by the irony of the publishing date – October 18. It appeared in the middle of a three-day period when a group of business and institutional leaders was showcasing a “what could be” vision for Knoxville that was focused on information and cybersecurity.

No, Knoxville and Oak Ridge were not on the hotbed list that highlighted activities underway in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. However, if the local core group of cyber and information security professionals achieves its vision, Innovation Valley could be cited in future years.

For nearly a year, a fledgling committee, convened under the auspices of the East Tennessee Economic Council, has been exploring how best to capitalize on existing assets and fairly new ones to build an economic cluster around this pervasive global problem.

In the spirit of the “lead, follow or . . .” phrase, those organizations put the topic on center stage in downtown Knoxville for three days last week with the clear intent of elevating the community’s contribution to addressing the pervasive challenge.

A new member-based organization – the Cyber and Information Security Consortium (CISC) – held its second workshop on October 17 following its inaugural event in April. The next day, Sword & Shield hosted a two-day conference of its own – EDGE – that attracted about 350 people with some high-powered speakers such as Theresa Payton, a former Chief Information Officer at the White House.

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Source: | Tom Ballard | October 24, 2016

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