Association executives urged to ‘take cybersecurity seriously’

Former White House chief information officer Theresa Payton challenged association executives to get serious about cybersecurity at a tech conference in Maryland, USA.

More than 1,000 association and industry professionals attended the 2018 Technology Conference & Expo, December 3-5, taking part in 36 education sessions.

Theresa Payton

The event, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, had an overarching theme of ‘moving association technology forward’.

According to ASAE president and CEO John Graham, the five streams – compliance & security, project management & strategy, data exploration & analytics, marketing & content management, and digital engagement & experience – reflected the ‘needs and concerns that impact all areas of our attendees daily work’.

Payton, president & CEO of Fortalice Solutions, and star of the CBS TV series ‘Hunted’, opened by looking at how organisations are using technology to achieve their goals. And she challenged the audience to take a hard look at potential cybersecurity risk when implementing new technology to ensure members were protected.

Elsewhere attendees discussed the challenges and concerns around privacy and data breaches, with a panel of leaders from DelCor, the American Library Association, RedZone Technologies, and ASAE. An attendee favorite, Fail Fest, closed out the conference. During the interactive session attendees explored how mistakes play a key part when it comes to innovation, growth, and improvement. The stories highlighted how failures led to improved systems and changes within organisations.

Next year’s conference will be December 3–4, 2019, Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.