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2014 U.S. Cybercrime Conference heads to the National Conference Center in Lansdowne

The 2014 United States Cybercrime Conference started yesterday at the National Conference Center. - Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock
Cybersecurity officials, heads of major banks and government officials from all over the country descended upon the National Conference Center to participate in the 2014 U.S. Cybercrime Conference.

The weeklong conference event kicked off with opening remarks from the master of ceremony, Jim Christy, the founder and current director of the conference.

Updates of goings on around the center and a live tweet board were shown on large monitors as event-goers entered the National Conference Center, which was in full event regalia, including markings from the event, large alters leading people around the space and an event green room for press and speakers.

In the Loudoun Room day one's keynote speaker Mark Weatherford, a principal with the Chertoff Group, spoke to a full crowd. Before he was with the Chertoff Group Weatherford was appointed by the president as the Department of Homeland Security's first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity.

The website for the conference explains the conference as the "only event of its kind that provides both hands-on digital forensics training and an interactive forum for cyber professionals to network."

It touts instruction and advice from leaders in every discipline of cybersecurity from legal and malware protection to digital forensics and research and development.

Traditionally the U.S. Cybercrime Conference has been hosted by the Department of Defense, but this is the first year the event has become private, hosted by conference management company eventPower.

Cybercrime is one of the largest threats to consumer confidence right now, and is a problem people are just realizing as a year-round affair.

With high profile security breaches like the Heartbleed virus or the breach of information with Target customers, cyberhacking has become a topic of discussion for everybody because it is hitting millions of shoppers every day.

"2013 was the year of retail attacks," said Shawn Henry, a retired special agent from the FBI, in his speech entitled "Portrait of a Targeted Attack."

He went on to say "This is a 365-days-a-year operation. It's not going to the doctors for a check-up."

Down the hall from where the keynote was being delivered, the National Ballroom was wall-to-wall tables from companies like Telos, Northrop Grumman, universities and other security giants touting services.

The event runs through Friday. You can follow a live-stream of the event at usacybercrime.com.

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