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FBI Supervisory Special Agent John Caruthers, the head of the San Diego field office's National Security Cyber Program, will be one of more than 20 speakers at a security conference called “Suits and Spooks”on June 15 and 16 at the Marriott La Jolla hotel.

Other speakers include 30-year CIA veteran and counterintelligence expert Christopher Burgess; retired U.S. Navy SEALs Rob DuBois and Thomas Dzieran; former NCIS agent Jay McAllister; CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz; and many other experts in cyber intelligence and information security.

Jeffrey Carr, the organizer of Suits and Spooks and the author of "Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld," said he chose San Diego as a location for his conference series because of its heavy concentration of military and technology companies.

"Whether San Diego CEOs know it or not, their companies represent high-profile targets for certain adversary states because of their intellectual property and/or relationship with the U.S. military," he said.

Since most corporate executives aren't computer engineers, Carr said Suits and Spooks focuses on providing cybersecurity information and threat intelligence in non-technical language that executives can easily understand.

Some of the featured talks include "threat intelligence for the enterprise on a shoestring budget," "the importance of international collaboration in identifying and interdicting non-state hacker groups," "exploring offensive tactics in defending corporate and government networks," and "advanced technologies for detecting the insider threat."

Complete information on this event including speakers, agenda, and registration may be found at suitsandspooks.com.

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