Parham Eftekhari, the Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), America’s leading cybersecurity think tank, will be speaking at the IFA+ Summit on Sunday. We asked him to tell us a little more about the mission of his organisation.

Our mission is to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our Nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders.

Can you tell us a little bit about your presentation at this year’s conference?
My talk will focus on the importance of prioritising security in a world where functionality, design and profitability drive decision making, and the frustratingly simple truth behind why breaches are increasing around the world when in fact we have the tools to develop more secure products and software. Most importantly, we’ll discuss what individuals and organizations of all types – from consumers to small business owners to large corporations and governments – can do to play a role in improving security. Many people think the solution lies in the hands of cybersecurity professionals but the answer may surprise you!

Who should come to your talk and why?
“A Social Contract for a Digital Age” must include an ethical commitment to responsible development of technology which prioritises security above all else. If this concept is not crystal clear for any attendee of this event, I would love for them to attend this session to learn what could happen when security is not prioritised, the different sectors that are affected by this (i.e. all of them!) what changes need to be made in our global technology culture to ensure more security tech, and the role they can play in this process.

Fighting for our CyberSoul, Technology, Profits and the Prioritization of Cybersecurity
Date: Sunday 8 September
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Hall 26b – GRAND THEATRE

Photo: Parham Eftekhari, Executive Director, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT)