24th Annual International Business Forum & Networking Night

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Date(s) - 02/27/2018
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Law Offices of Morgan Lewis & Bockius


This annual forum, that also this year is co-organized by the NAF, attracts New England companies involved in international business. Sessions this year will focus on cyber security and how to protect your company.The evening also features an economic outlook update presentation and a networking reception when you can explore the many international trade associations and government agencies presenting informative exhibits. This is an excellent event for meeting corporate executives and other professionals interested in world trade, while learning about the vast resources available to help your company’s international business.


5:30PM-6:00PM Check-in and Networking
6:00PM-8:00PM Presentations
8:00PM-9:00PM Networking Reception with refreshments


Part 1. Economic Update with John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

Part 2. Interactive Cyber Forum / #GBANECyber

Understanding cyber risk in the 21st century: from nation state hackers to EU regulators. This will be an interactive forum with attendees encouraged to engage on social media : #GBANECyber

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read of damaging cyber attacks against our homes, businesses and government agencies. Sophisticated, transnational cyber criminal hacking groups troll for sensitive data they can fence on underground ‘dark markets.’ Quasi military hacking outfits affiliated with the military or intelligence services in nations like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea probe the networks of financial institutions, critical infrastructure operators and defense contractors in search of secrets and footholds.

The stakes for our complex, technology dependent economies could not be higher. Ten years ago, hacked firms counted lost data and hampered productivity as the most likely consequences of a cyber attack. Today, malware with names like WannaCry and Mirai can literally put firms out of business: cutting them off from the Internet or wiping out critical systems and data to bring even sophisticated organizations to their knees.

What can be done to defend against these modern threats? If cyber attacks are now less a matter of “if” than of “when,” what are the threats worth paying attention to? What defenses provide the best value for the dollar (or Pound or Euro or Bitcoin)? What is the best way to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the IT systems and data that run your business? What new regulations loom on the horizon?

Cyber Forum Presentations and Speakers

  • Welcome by Peter Pound, Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • Introduction by Ezra Church, Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • “Test you cyber savvy: an interactive quiz” with Betsy Ludwig, Ludwig Consulting
  • “The cyber threat in the security context — using the CIA security triad to explore the potential harm to you from state cyber activity” with Stuart Russell of Harvard Kennedy School (To be confirmed)
  • “NotPetya’s Collateral Damage: how leading firms wound up as accidental victims of a nation-state attack” with Paul Roberts, Editor in Chief, The Security Ledger
  • “GDPR: Like it or not, European Citizens are getting rights to govern to the privacy of their personal information” with Dean Evans, Satori Consulting, Supporting Sponsor
  • “The Changing Security Context: The Top Five Cyber Security Threats Facing Companies in 2018” moderated by Security Ledger Editor in Chief Paul Roberts, this panel discussion features Gerrit Lansing of CyberArk, Ezra Church of Morgan Lewis and Stuart Russell of Harvard Kennedy School (to be confirmed).

Part 3. Networking reception with sponsors, associations and agencies dealing with international trade

Parking is available at garage under building, at your own cost. Picture ID is required for entry into the building. Public Transportation – South Station & State Street T stops.

Registration fees include wine/beer  and delicious hors d’oevres


Ticket Type Price Spaces
1. NAF Members $45.00
2. Non-Members $60.00
3. NAF Annual Membership (family) $100.00

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