Welcome to "Cyber Security Valley," the emerging label for the Phoenix area, thanks to a concerted effort by successful and well-funded tech security leaders and government agencies.
Metro Phoenix will be joining the ranks of a few other well-known destinations such as Silicon Valley-San Jose, Music City-Nashville and Madison Avenue-New York. Interestingly, Arizona has been recognized as one of the top 10 states for ID-theft victims by the Federal Trade Commission over the last decade.
Recently, I attended a charity event with a famously infamous cybersecurity keynote speaker and hosted by Ori Eisen, online fraud and security expert and founder of Scottsdale based 41st Parameter. Eisen is one of the business leaders working toward Cyber Security Valley, this after selling 41st Parameter to Experian. Eisen's charity, "Ball to ALL," has set out to help work toward world peace by giving Third World kids soccer balls (99 percent have never seen a real soccer ball!) inscribed with a message of peace.
The charity keynote speaker was Frank Abagnale Jr., whose real-life story as a con artist posing as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer while committing check fraud was made into the critically acclaimed movie "Catch Me If You Can." Abagnale, who became an FBI consultant nearly four decades ago — after committing crimes and spending time in prison — is recognized as one of the most respected authorities in the world on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.
Abagnale talked about the endless number of hacking and data-breach incidents and said the "insider threat" was a significant contributor to these events. He advised those in attendance to use credit cards vs. debit cards to make purchases to reduce the potential of ID theft losses.
Now, back to Cyber Security Valley — it was created by three business leaders from Greater Phoenix to leverage higher education and local talent, increase access to capital and ensure entrepreneurs have the support and technical assistance to thrive. Cyber Security Valley was founded by Eisen, Richard Davis of research firm Artis International and Vincent Liu of Bishop Fox in Phoenix (a leading IT security-consulting firm specializing in enterprise security).
Phoenix is the growing center for cybersolutions for the national and international epidemic of cyberwarfare, intellectual property theft, identity theft and data breach.
Numerous leaders from public and private sectors inside and outside the state, including elected officials, university presidents and corporate CEOs, along with the city of Phoenix and numerous other cities in the region, have been involved in getting Cyber Security Valley off the ground.
In future articles, I will discuss Cyber Security Valley will help attract talented professionals and recent college graduates to work in Greater Phoenix and highlight key businesses that continue to drive innovation and technology to combat ID-theft and data breach events.
Mark's most important: Aspiring students, professionals and business executives seeking new and bright opportunities should know that Phoenix has become and is the growing center for cybersecurity, offering careers and new business opportunities with pathways to connect to big business and government agencies.
This article was originally published on AZcentral.com and republished with the author's permission.