Professionals and leaders from the cyber industry are leading a one-day conference in San Diego for CyberFest2016, with influential speakers discussing the impact of cyber security.
According to a CyberFest official, the conference is underway at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines venue, from 8 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with one notable speaker including, R. James Woolsey, the former lead for the U.S. Central Intelligence and director of the CIA.
Touted as a global think tank for the cyber industry, the CyberFest2016 was held following last week's widespread internet attacks that shut down multiple popular websites. CyberFest officials say hackers are inventing new ways to infiltrate technologies as quickly as new inventions are made.
The conference was also presented as an important discussion amid Cyber Security Awareness month and an elections season where cyber security has been a focal point of concern.
Officials say some of the topics that will be covered include Rise of the Robots, One World -- A Level Playing Field, Securing the Internet of Things and Surviving a Cyber Disaster.
Besides former CIA head Woolsey, one of the other influential speakers at the event includes Eric O'Neill, a former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative, according to CyberFest. He's known for the role he played in the arrest and sentence of an FBI agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.