The Cybersecurity CityView Innovation Accelerator is an invitation-only program for senior-most executives in the public sector, technology, start-up communities, and higher education. This event will be held in San Diego, CA in May 2020 and will focus on all aspects of cybersecurity as it relates to the smart city space.
We are planning on holding this two-day convening in San Diego, a city that is known as an advanced cybersecurity hub. Home to the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence, and academic institutions with faculty who are doing advanced cybersecurity research, San Diego is a global leader in cybersecurity. The San Diego region’s cybersecurity industry cluster generates $2.2 billion in GDP and impacts nearly 20,000 jobs. Known for its collaborative efforts between academia, industry, and government, cyber professionals and researchers are working to enhance security in both the public and private sectors.
The Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators are co-developed by the Fellows from the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard along with city leaders and industry expert partners. During the event, you can expect to engage in informative case studies, peer-to-peer problem-solving sessions, hands-on and topical workshops & exercises designed to help you evaluate your current state and develop a plan to make your community an innovation leader for the future.
At this event we will be covering:
Cybersecurity: Creating a Culture of Preparedness and Resiliency
The cyber offensive on cities continues to grow and while valiant efforts are being made by experts in the field, there is a lack of understanding in our communities. All around the world new types of attacks are breaching city defenses, exposing sensitive data and eroding precious community trust. “It’s not if, but when,” is the mantra that is being repeated by cybersecurity experts but city officials and communities remain woefully unprepared for the cyber present and future.
With a deep knowledge of city leadership, Harvard TECH has identified a knowledge gap between the cybersecurity warriors who are defending our communities in the digital world and city leaders. There is also a need to develop a more understanding between cities on how to prioritize resource investment, plan for a cybersecurity incident, decision making during an attack and manage recovery.
The goal of this two-day convening will be to create greater understanding between experts, city leaders and industry. With deep-dive sessions, cyber incident tabletop exercises and resiliency planning we will continue to advance the goal of creating better-prepared communities.
The Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator programs help city strategic urban planners, chief innovation officers, technology officers, and economic development leaders establish strategies and an actionable digital plan for their city. The 2-day program is a hands-on, immersion accelerator for your city’s future where you will work alongside fellow city leaders, industry experts, Harvard Fellows, and researchers. Each day will focus on a specific level of your strategic plan.
Acceptance to the Accelerator is based on the proposed team and a nomination letter by the senior-elected official for that city.