Princeton, NJ – July 29, 2015 – The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Chris Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness at their Monthly Luncheon on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton.

Rodriguez will speak on the evolving threat landscape, as it relates to New Jersey, including counterterrorism and cybersecurity threats. “Over the last year as Director of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), I have prioritized the integration of our physical security mission with our cybersecurity mission,” says Rodriguez. “Our philosophy is informed by the reality that the physical and virtual worlds are increasingly interconnected and interdependent.  As such, cybersecurity spans our organization, from training to exercising to critical infrastructure protection.”

He continues, New Jersey’s cyber threat landscape is, in many ways, unique due to our State’s digital density. New vulnerabilities are allowing actors to commit a number of cybercrimes on small businesses, corporations, government agencies. And here in New Jersey, these cyber intrusions pose a direct threat to the day-to-day economic operations and are becoming a reality for our businesses and residents alike. The NJCCIC (New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell) will allow us to bridge the information and intelligence divide between New Jersey’s public and private sectors.”

Prior to his appointment by Governor Chris Christie in 2014, Director Rodriguez served for more than a decade in the US Intelligence Community, where he held a variety of analytic and management positions. In these roles, Director Rodriguez monitored terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, closely collaborating with partners at the federal, state and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the United States and its allies.
Rodriguez has been recognized with several awards from the Director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the United States and abroad. He served in Iraq from 2006-2007 and has traveled to over two dozen countries. Born and raised in Morris County, Director Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Luncheon at the Princeton Marriot Hotel and Conference Center features an active networking reception beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon and Rodriguez’s speech ending at 1:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $50.00 for Chamber members and $70.00 for future members. Registration and further information is available online