The Cybersecurity Center at the University of Nevada, Reno invited local and regional businesses, as well as members of the public to talk about trends and topics involving cybersecurity.

"Us working together and interacting together and sharing the knowledge that we have makes us all much more secure," Panelist at the conference and Information Security Program Manager for the company Employers Heather Case-Hall says.

One of things mentioned during one of the four panels, was the fact that cybersecurity goes far beyond computer programming.

"We are looking at it from many different perspectives," Executive Director for the Cybersecurity Center Shamik Sengupta says. "Be it business, be it criminal justice or psychology or history or political science, as many aspects as you can think of."

More than 150 people registered for the conference, and Sengupta says every local and regional business the center reached out to accepted their invitation. That means there's a need for the exchange of information regarding cybersecurity.

"The internet was built without really much security in mind," Sengupta says. "And we are seeing the aftermath of that. Now we are playing the catch up game."

Experts say business started to pay attention to the importance of cybersecurity earlier than the average public. They say the public has only caught up to the significance in recent years.

"I think people started paying attention when their credit card information got stolen," Case-Hall says. "In the likes of Target and Home Depot."

"Target was very big, Yahoo! was a very big breach," Sengupta says. "JP Morgan/Chase in the banking sector."

Still since some of those major security breaches, Case-Hall says she notices much more conversation and detail in discussions about cybersecurity among the public.

"There's discussions, there's news articles, there's conversations about passwords," Case-Hall says. "How Facebook and Yahoo! got hacked. And all of us have an investment in some of those areas intimately."

Sengupta says the goal of the conference is to bring academics and the private sector together, but members of the public are welcome to sit in. He does ask that people register if they plan on attending future conferences.