Bill Conner, CEO and founder of FWC
Consulting and former CEO of Entrust,
Inc., will deliver remarks at the 51st National Youth
Science Camp Senate Luncheon to recognize the service of Sen. John D.
Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va. for his service preparing the nation for the
challenges of the new information age of cyber security and thank him
for his support of youth science education. The event will take place in
the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in
Washington, D.C. Sen. Rockefeller is retiring from the Senate this year
after more than 30 years of service to West Virginia and the United
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a month-long, governor's
honors program in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in
the eastern mountains of West Virginia. Delegates are selected through
compeitions held across the United States and in eight other countries.
Mr. Conner was a delegate to the NYSC in 1977 from Arkansas.
"Where Sen. Rockefeller's passion and leadership has been expressed is
in the emerging threat related to cyber security," Mr. Conner said. "As
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, he has illuminated
problems, developed solutions, and kept the pressure on both the public
and private sector to embrace their responsibilities to protect the
economy, our national security, and individuals' privacy."
Mr. Conner said that Sen. Rockefeller recognizes that today's world is a
connected global economy that allows technology to advance faster than
ever before. "The benefits of this are obvious in that it is much easier
to access and share information across boundaries," he continued. "But
this same technology also creates risk. Sen. Rockefeller appreciates,
better than most, that cybercrime and espionage pose one of the greatest
threats to our security, and we need the appropriate policies to combat
that threat. We need more talent in this field to address the policy
issues, and technology tools and services to combat the growing number
of attacks and risks that we now face."
Mr. Conner said that Sen. Rockefeller has introduced comprehensive and
insightful legislative ideas vital for the nation to adopt, including
initiatives that range from enhancing the security and resiliency of
public and private networks against cyber attacks, to creating legal
mechanisms for sharing cyber threat and vulnerability information
between the government and the private sector, to promoting research and
development instruments and professional training.
"In the cyber world, software tools change in days, not years, and
sometimes in hours or minutes. This is a challenge that Sen. Rockefeller
understands and embraced," Conner said.
Senator Rockefeller has hosted the Senate Luncheon for the past five
years to recognize and encourage delegates to the National Youth Science
Camp to use their skills to advance the peaceful application of science
Mr. Conner is sponsoring the Senate Luncheon to honor the 2014 delegates
to NYSC and Senator Rockefeller, his "mentor and friend." Supporters of
the NYSC include: the State of West Virginia, the United States
Department of State, the Dow Chemical Company, Chesapeake Energy, the
Daywood Foundation, The Jacobson Foundation, the Hamilton Family
Foundation, Northrop Grumman, the H.B. Wehrle Foundation, the Herscher
Foundation, the McJunkin Foundation and the Segal and Davis Foundation.
The organization is also supported by individual contributions.
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