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With hacks of Yahoo accounts, state election systems and government websites dominating the headlines, is anyone really safe these days? What can be done to prevent future security breaches?

Computer safety experts and government and business leaders will come together at Loyola Marymount University from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, to discuss current and emerging threats in cyberspace along with the technological advancements being made to manage the risks. A keynote speaker of the 3rd annual LA Cyber Security Summit is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who holds senior positions on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

“Managing cyber security threats is a continual process that requires training, education and awareness, and not just on the part of information technology experts,” said Mehrdad Sharbaf, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at LMU and chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Coastal Los Angeles Section Computer Society, an event sponsor. “The general public needs to be vigilant, as do businesses large and small.”

Cyber safety is especially relevant for young, growing tech companies in burgeoning Silicon Beach, Sharbaf added.

Other keynote speakers are: Mitchell Sherman, senior vice president and chief information officer at East West Bank; Kevin Von Keyserling, president and chief executive officer at Certified Security Solutions; Michael Sohn, supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Stan Stahl, Ph.D., president of Citadel Information Group.

Event sponsors are the LMU’s College of Business Administration, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

The summit is at LMU’s Hilton Center for Business. To register, visit