Cyber Summit, Oct. 23

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will host a Cyber Education Summit at Georgia Regents University Oct. 23. The summit, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will feature a keynote address from Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, as well as other leaders from the NSA and the Department of Defense.

The event will also include a series of panel discussions designed to inform the development of robust industry, higher education, and government education partnerships as Augusta becomes home of the Army Cyber Command.

“Cyber security is one of the most important issues of our time,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon. “This event will explore ways the public and private sector can partner to ensure the safety of our data, while examining

the role of education in cyber security. I thank Sen. Chambliss and GRU for helping to shine a light on this critical issue, and I hope this summit will spark collaboration among educators and industry to build the cyber security education programs of tomorrow.”

The one-day event will include panelists from higher education, the Department of Defense, and industry. In addition to discussions related to becoming a designated NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense; higher education cyber partnerships with industry; and novel cyber threats to Department of Defense medical platforms, the following sessions will be offered:

Adapting University Programs to Today’s Hacker. China, Iran and Russia host untold numbers of hackers.  Does the U.S. have a network to counter them? This panel will discuss the programs that industry and federal agencies have designed to attract young people into cyber careers and fight the shortage of internet security experts in the government.

Grooming Youth for Careers in Military Cyber Security. Competition for qualified cyber experts is intense and demand is only expected to grow. This panel will discuss innovative industry programs designed to engage youth and attract young people into careers in cyber security.

How Industry Supports the Department of Defense and Homeland Cyber Mission. This panel will feature industry representatives discussing current and emerging cyber security threats and need for next generation of cyber experts. What are new and unique threats that industry and government face today and must prepare for tomorrow? What capabilities and skills will the U.S. and international partners look for in the decade ahead? How are the U.S. and other countries preparing to meet new threats?

Selected participants include Nicole Dean, Director of Cyber Programs for Raytheon; Jeanette Little, U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC); Former NSA and Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, Booz Allen Hamilton; Lt. Col. Michael Nowatkowski, Army Cyber Institute, U.S. Military Academy; and Dr. Greg White, Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

To see a full schedule or to register, visit www.gru.edu/cybersummit.