NTIA Administrator Headlines NEC “New England Innovates” Event on Cybersecurity

The New England Council first launched the “New England Innovates” series in 2016 as a forum to highlight how businesses and organizations in New England are driving global innovation, and to promote an ongoing dialogue in the region about how we maintain our reputation as a global innovation hub.  In October 2019, the Council convened the fifth event in the series, this time exploring the role that New England businesses and organizations are playing in safeguarding the public and private sectors against cyber threats.

“New England Innovates: On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity” took place On October 17, 2019, and was hosted by NEC member K&L Gates at the firm’s downtown Boston office.  Diane Rinaldo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, was the keynote speaker.  In her remarks, Assistant Secretary Rinaldo provided an overview of the Administration’s interagency efforts to prepare for and respond to cybersecurity threats, both to the federal government and to private industry.

Following Assistant Secretary Rindaldo’s remarks, Tara Clancy, a partner at K&L Gates, moderated a panel discussion that featured representatives of several Council members who highlighted their respective work to combat and respond to cyber threats.  The panelists were:

  • Michael Barcomb, Director, X-Force Incident Command, IBM
  • Joel Jacobs, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, The MITRE Corporation
  • Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
  • Christopher Leigh, Chief Information Security Officer, Eversource Energy
  • Mike Yamamoto, Chief Information Security Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Approximately 75 Council members and other guests attended the event.


Amy Carnevale (R) of K&L Gates, Assistant Secretary Diane Rinaldo (C), and Jim Brett, President and CEO of the New England Council on October 17.

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