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November 15, 2018


Brian Weiss (USTelecom): (202) 326-7226

Jose Castaneda (ITI): (202) 697-0603  

Elliot Grimm (CTA): (703) 907-5240




Council to Secure the Digital Economy To Unveil New International Anti-Botnet Guide


Leading experts to discuss report findings on botnet attack mitigation strategies on Thursday, November 29


Event to feature remarks from DHS Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for CISA, Jeanette Manfra; CEOs of USTelecom, ITI and CTA; Executives from Samsung, Oracle, Ericsson, NTT, and Intel


WASHINGTON — The Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE), led by USTelecom and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), will unveil the 2018 International Anti-Botnet Guide at a cybersecurity forum featuring government and industry leaders on Thursday, November 29 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. (ET) at 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE in Washington, D.C.

The botnet threat is more pressing today than at any point in history, and the CSDE report aims to reverse this trend. Experts will discuss strategies for government and industry collaboration to combat the challenge that botnets and distributed threats pose to consumers and the digital economy.

Register here.



Keynote address

  • Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Panel 1: The Development of the International Anti-Botnet Guide

  • Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO, USTelecom
  • Dean Garfield, President and CEO, ITI
  • Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA
  • Moderator: Michaela Ross, Homeland Security reporter, Bloomberg Government

Panel 2: Implementation of Anti-Botnet Capabilities

  • Nat Bongiovanni, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, NTT DATA Federal Services, Inc.
  • Kathryn Condello, Senior Director, National Security/Emergency Preparedness, CenturyLink
  • Jason Boswell, CISSP, Head of Security & Digital Transformation Consulting Services, North America, Ericsson
  • John Godfrey, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Samsung
  • Chris Baker, Data Scientist, Threat Intelligence, Oracle
  • Lorie Wigle, Vice President, Software and Services and General Manager, IoT Security, Intel
  • Moderator: Michael Bergman, Sr. Director, Technology and Standards, CTA                         

WHEN:        Thursday, November 29, 2018

                  1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)


WHERE:      700 PENN, 7th Floor Conference Center

                  700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

                  Washington, D.C. 20003


Registration begins at 1 p.m. (ET) Program begins at 1:30 p.m. (ET) (Register HERE).

Light refreshments will be served.


About the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE):

CSDE brings together companies from across the information technology and communications sectors to combat increasingly sophisticated and emerging cyber threats through collaborative actions. For more information visit: www.securingdigitaleconomy.org

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $377 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

 About ITI:

ITI is the global voice of the tech sector. We advocate for public policies that advance innovation, open markets, and enable the transformational economic, societal, and commercial opportunities that our companies are creating. Our members represent the entire spectrum of technology: from internet companies, to hardware and networking equipment manufacturers, to software developers. ITI’s diverse membership and expert staff provide a broad perspective and intelligent insight in confronting the implications and opportunities of policy activities around the world. Visit http://www.itic.org/ to learn more. Follow us on Twitter for the latest ITI news @ITI_TechTweets.

 About USTelecom:

USTelecom represents service providers and suppliers for the broadband industry. Its diverse members range from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives – all providing advanced communications services to urban and rural communities. Visit us at www.ustelecom.org.







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For all media inquiries, please contact:

USTelecom – Brian Weiss, Vice President, Media Affairs at (202)326-7226, bweiss@ustelecom.org 

ITI – Jose Costaneda, Manager, Communications at (202)697-0603, jcastaneda@itic.org