U.S. Congressman Jim Himes is the keynote speaker at an April conference designed to help businesses better manage their cybersecurity defenses and meet increasing compliance demands.

Himes, who represents Connecticut's 4th District, chairs the U.S. House Intelligence Committee's Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research Subcommittee.

He is scheduled as the opening speaker at CBIA and CONNSTEP's April 9 Cybersecurity: Prepare, Prevent, Comply conference at the Sheraton South in Rocky Hill.

The conference offers a full morning of practical advice on preventing cyberattacks, ways to respond to a breach, and how to comply with a growing list of standards and regulations.

Mario DiNatale, a strategist with Boston-based cybersecurity firm Cybric, shares real-life scenarios to be aware of and to avoid in order to help protect your business.

Security technology specialists from Windsor-based Cooperative Systems demonstrate an online attack, guiding attendees through creating an incident response plan and ways to protect against rapidly evolving security threats.

Har-Conn's Tim Backus, The Hartford's Mary Cardin, Janus Associates' Matt Lane, and Sean McGrail of Integrity Merchant Solutions will explore compliance issues—fast becoming a major concern, particularly for supply chain companies.

KnowBe4's Eric Kron, Alinbal's Cheryl Lemos, and Ari Santiago from IT Direct will share invaluable information for small businesses that lack the IT resources and capabilities to manage cybersecurity measures on their own.

Register now for the April 9 Cybersecurity: Prepare, Prevent, Comply conference or contact CBIA's Lise Cliche (860.240.1977) for more information.