alliantgroup recently held its inaugural Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit, a two-day conference that brings together more than 100 professionals, including current and former state officials, Congress members, executive officers, U.S. business leaders, CPA partners and business advisors.
Throughout the event, attendees were treated to a series of panels covering some of the most critical issues facing U.S. policymakers. Topics included:
- the impact of technology on the American workforce
- the growing importance of cybersecurity
- recent tax reform legislation and policy reforms that would foster a more technically skilled labor force and sustainable economic growth
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and the leaders of several technology alliances spoke at the keynote panel. Ridge explained the need for an increased focus on cybersecurity with the advancement of new technologies and the Internet of Things. He also touched upon the change in the types of attacks, from physical threats to cyber warfare, and how they can cause catastrophic damage on our economy and national security.
“For every digital connecting point, there is a potential for vulnerability. And it can be exploited,” said Ridge.
The panel also discussed the importance of maintaining good safety protocols to identify and prevent attacks, from standardized employee procedures to ensuring firewalls and other security measures.
“I would like to thank Secretary Ridge and everyone who took the time to attend this event,” said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. “Our goal in hosting these conferences is to provide thought leadership to our CPA firms and the businesses they serve. By providing them with the information they need to stay ahead of emerging economic and policy trends, it is our hope that we are offering another avenue to ensure their continued success.”