Chamber and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Partner for Inaugural Cyber Security Summit

Sep 11, 2019 | Chamber News

Event to focus on cyber awareness and solutions to protect valuable information and assets

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office are proud to partner together and host a regional Cyber Security Summit on September 25 at The Ranch Events Complex, First National Bank, North Exhibition Hall in Loveland. The vendor hall will open at 8 a.m. and the program is schedule from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event was established to create a greater awareness of cyber threats and bring together the best resources to combat and protect valuable information and assets. The business community, law enforcement and the public are encouraged to attend and can expect presentations from leading industry experts and a vendor hall with companies offering solutions and services. Click here for full agenda.

The keynote speaker selected for the summit is Daniel Eliot with the National Cyber Security Alliance, who plans on speaking directly to small business threats, issues and resources. Other presenters include: Rodney Gullatte Jr., Small Business Development Center, Certified IT Professional & Ethical Hacker; Chris Calarco, FBI Special Agent; and Ryan Bergsieker, former federal cybercrimes prosecutor.

“Cyber threats and attacks have become very common and small businesses are a likely target,” said David May, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, who cites 43% of cyber-attacks target small business. “It is at a critical time that we teamed up with the Sheriff’s Office and host this event. Business of all sizes and individuals should be mindful and dedicate time to be proactive with cyber security.”

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith is eager for this opportunity and explained, “We recognize that cyber-crime represents one of the most significant threats to intellectual property and to the finances of businesses today. Cyber criminals target businesses of all sizes and launch their attacks from around the globe. These factors make cyber-crime extremely difficult to solve and prosecute. The best defense to cyber-crime losses is a strong offense. We’ve joined with the Ft. Collins Chamber of Commerce to help bring local businesses information that we believe is critical to protecting your organization from becoming a victim.”

Event tickets are $40 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members and special pricing for law enforcement. Tickets can be purchased here. For vendor booths, sponsorship opportunities and additional information call Chamber Events Coordinator, Heather Emory at 970-482-3746 or [email protected].


The 2019 Cyber Security Summit would not be possible without the support from the following sponsors:

Gold: First National Bank; Silver: Chartered Technology; and Bronze: Chrisland Companies, LLC, Mjolnir Technology, One Seven Advisors and Plante Moran – Fort Collins Office.


About the Fort Collins Area Chamber

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading business association in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,250 business owners and managers in the market. For over a century, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has helped shape the Fort Collins region into one of the most livable places in America. For more information about the Chamber, call (970) 482-3746 or visit


About the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is the statutory authority for all 2,640 square miles of Larimer County, providing law enforcement, fire protection, search and rescue services, operating the Larimer County Jail and serving as the officer of the court. Over 330,000 residents live in Larimer County and rely on the Sheriff’s Office for education and information on crime prevention. For more information about LCSO, call (970) 498-5100 or visit