SOURCE: Online Trust Alliance

Online Trust Alliance

August 22, 2012 08:00 ET

Online Trust Forum Keynotes to Include FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

Seventh Annual Gathering of Security, Privacy, and Technology Experts to Convene Providing 360-Degree Perspective and Actionable Advice, October 1-3, San Jose, CA

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2012) -  The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today announced keynote speakers and sessions for the Online Trust Forum 2012: The Future of Online Trust & Self-Regulation to be held in San Jose, Calif., October 1-3. The only conference dedicated to a 360 degree perspective of online trust, the 2012 Online Trust Forum provides a unique platform for exploring solutions and educating businesses to help enhance consumer trust, privacy and the security of internet services and commerce.

A partial list of keynotes and speakers includes:

  • Stephen Baker, former BusinessWeek journalist and author of Final Jeopardy
  • Michael Barrett, Chief Information Security Officer, PayPal
  • Genie Barton, VP, Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State
  • Del Harvey, Director, Trust & Safety, Twitter
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, FTC Commissioner
  • Kevin Poulsen, and author of Kingpin
  • John Scarrow, GM Online Safety Services, Microsoft
  • Howard Schmidt, former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

"As we are facing escalating levels of cybercriminal activity, data loss incidents and privacy concerns, it is crucial that the public and private sectors work together," said Craig Spiezle, executive director and president, Online Trust Alliance. "This year's Forum is designed to address these issues, sharing actionable and prescriptive advice, redefining a commitment to self-regulation and educating businesses and the marketplace on the issues involved."

The 2012 Forum features over 50 speakers from leading companies, consumer groups and government agencies to help shape the future landscape of the Internet. A partial list of organizations participating include AllClear ID, American Greetings Interactive, Bank of America, Center for Democracy and Technology, DigiCert, Facebook, Groupon, ICANN, Identity Guard, State of California, PayPal, Publisher's Clearing House, Symantec, MarkMonitor, Message Systems, Microsoft, Return Path, TRUSTe, TrustSphere, Twitter, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Wells Fargo Bank.

Accompanying the Forum, OTA is providing three OTA Academy training workshops addressing top issues impacting online brands including email and domain forgery, mobile application security and privacy and an anti-botnet workshop.

The Forum coincides with the launch of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month promoting the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing best practices and teachable moments that improve online safety and trust. Forum speakers will share their practices to engage and empower users to stay safe online.

To view the complete agenda and register to attend the 2012 Online Trust Forum, go to Register by September 7, 2012 for early bird savings.

Media registration is open to working journalists and analysts with commercial news organizations and research firms. Accredited media will have access to all Online Trust Forum keynotes and sessions, except for the pre- and post-conference workshops and selected sessions. To register at no-charge, email

About the Online Trust Forum 2012 - The Future of Online Trust & Self-Regulation
The 2012 Forum is an interactive combination of keynotes, practical panels and workshops addressing key issues and opportunities including mobile, privacy, security, identity and brand protection. With the increased reliance of the internet for our personal and business activities, the Forum will focus on best practices and the importance of putting the user first including: transparency; choice and control; data retention & security; stewardship and accountability. Speakers will review and critique best practices providing attendees prescriptive and actionable advice.

About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
 The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, while promoting innovation and the vitality of the internet. OTA's goal is to educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. For more information, visit: Follow us on Twitter at:

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