Chairmen’s Forum

Congressional Priorities: Cybersecurity


ATC Chairmen

On September 5, 2013, ATC hosted the Chairmen's Forum on Cybersecurity featuring Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Chairmen were joined on stage by cybersecurity experts Admiral Bobby R. Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dr. Fred Chang, newly appointed Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security at SMU's Lyle School of Engineering.

The audience consisted of a full house of Central Texas tech leaders including Rackspace, Google, HomeAway, Oracle, Freescale, Dell, Samsung, IBM, CSID, Gazzang, Toopher. State Representative Larry Gonzales and representatives from the City of Austin, State of Texas, U.S. State Department, Austin Chamber, and Senator John Cornyn's office were also in attendance.

Cybersecurity is of paramount importance to emerging and established tech, governments and consumers worldwide. Network security impacts the success and failure of innovators and diplomats and the paths of researchers and scientific discovery. Chairmen Smith and McCaul hold jurisdiction and oversight over many facets of the direction of U.S. and global technology interests and are positioned to champion Texas technology and U.S. leadership in developing a secure and innovative tech sector.

“This is a clear example of Austin's development as a platform for tech and innovation leadership – this forum could easily have taken place on Capitol Hill,” said Julie Huls, president, Austin Technology Council. “The Charmen's Forum allowed Central Texas tech leaders to engage directly in the discussion about the security threats, solutions and policies that are shaping global tech trends.”

During the Chairmen’s Forum, ATC also announced Alan Schoenbaum, general counsel at Rackspace, as founding chair of the ATC Stakeholder Advisory Council. The council will serve as an advocacy voice in support of the ATC Board’s mission to strengthen and promote the technology industry in the Central Texas region.

“Central Texas is home to one of America’s leading technology communities. Tech companies here face many new challenges and opportunities,” said Schoenbaum. “We understand that upcoming public policy initiatives and legislative action will be critical to our future success. The ATC Stakeholder Advisory Council intends to advance the interests of the regional tech community among elected officials and other stakeholders inWashington D.C. and Texas to implement meaningful policy solutions which will benefit the entire technology industry.”

On behalf of Central Texas tech, ATC also appreciates the efforts and support of Wells Fargo Private Bank and Baker Botts.

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