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Registration open for Cyber Education Summit; speakers announced

Georgia Regents University’s Second Annual Cyber Education Summit will bring together senior military and government personnel, industry representatives, academia and community leaders for discussions on topics surrounding cyber security and education. The summit will take place on Oct. 14 and 15 at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons on GRU’s health sciences campus.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues of our time,” GRU President Dr. Brooks Keel said. “GRU’s Cyber Education Summit is a tool that will bring knowledge and expertise to our community as we build a curriculum and partnerships and embrace the incoming Army Cyber community. This event adds to GRU’s long list of initiatives that show our commitment to the entire cyber mission.”

Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland are honorary hosts for the summit. Westmoreland is chairman of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee at House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chambliss previously served as vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The summit will also feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Stephanie O’Sullivan, principal deputy director of National Intelligence
  • Sean Roche, CIA deputy director for the new Directorate for Digital Innovation
  • Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director of Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at the FBI
  • Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command
  • Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

The summit will include several themed sessions designed to identify the best ways in which participating entities can align existing strengths to leverage collaborations and partnerships and better serve the public and related private-sector industries. Topics include the need for cybersecurity experts in the healthcare industry, cyber education partnerships in the United States, educating the cybersecurity workforce and building a cyber curriculum.

“If you are connected to the Internet, cybersecurity matters to you,” GRU Cyber Institute Director Joanne Sexton said. “That’s why we are bringing experts from different fields to this year’s Cyber Education Summit. Cyber education is interdisciplinary, and we want the summit to reflect that.”

GRU held its first summit in October 2014 with Chambliss as host and Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, delivering the keynote address to almost 700 attendees. Since then, GRU has launched the Cyber Institute, which is providing the framework for all things cyber at the university and has hosted two GenCyber summer academies for high school students.

The summit is free for military and government personnel and GRU employees and students. To register for GRU’s Cyber Education Summit, please visit http://www.gru.edu/cybersummit/.

NSA Director visits GRU

Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service, paid a visit to Georgia Regents University on Thursday to attend the graduation of both the Cyber and Health Science Summer Academies.

Rogers, who took over as NSA Director in 2014, also addressed CSSA students at a separate meeting to talk about the future of cybersecurity.

“Exposure to cybersecurity topics at an early stage in education is critical to the development of private and public sector workforces in which cybersecurity is an underlying competency,” Rogers said, speaking candidly with students after a short round of presentations.

During the meeting, Rogers also noted Georgia Regents University’s ongoing commitment to cyber education. With the announcement of the Cyber Institute, and as one of only a handful of universities offering summer cyber programs to high school students, GRU is uniquely poised to become one of the region’s leading cyber-education authorities.

After taking student questions, Rogers again stressed the importance of maintaining pre-college cyber programs that focus on developing skill, insight and understanding.

“GenCyber camps play a critical role in developing these important talents,” Rogers said.

Student presentations ranged from detailed accounts of key lessons taught to a live demonstration of a transposition cipher being decoded by students.

Afterward, Rogers was presented with a photo of all the CSSA participants as thanks for attending graduation.

Rackley Wren, an 18-year-old senior from Augusta Preparatory School, said that in his chosen field, meeting someone like the admiral was an unheard of honor.

“Well, Admiral Rogers is the Director of the NSA, so for me, meeting him was like meeting the president,” Wren said. “It was a tremendous honor knowing that, of all the places in the world he could have been, he came to speak to us.”

Rogers previously visited GRU last October as part of GRU’s first annual Cyber-Education Summit alongside former Senator and Vice-Chairman of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Saxby Chambliss.

NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command to speak at Cyber Summit

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University will present a summit focused on advances in cyber security and ways to promote cyber education Oct. 23 on campus. The summit will be hosted by U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and feature leaders from the Department of Defense and National Security Agency, including keynote speaker Admiral Michael Rogers, NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

“As our nation continues to face growing cyber security threats from around the world, cyber education is critically important to strengthening our ability to defend our systems from future attacks,” Chambliss said. “I thank Georgia Regents University for recognizing the value of cyber education and the need to develop curriculums that will train and equip the men and women tasked with protecting our country.  I am honored to host this summit that aims to explore the very serious cyber security risks to our nation, improve our armed forces, enhance our education system, and help make Georgia and our nation more secure.”

The summit will begin at 10:30 a.m., with remarks from Senator Chambliss and Admiral Rogers. The remainder of the day will feature opportunities for leaders from the Department of Defense, NSA, and institutions of higher education to meet with university, industry, and community members to discuss ways to implement cyber security curriculum into the classroom and into the community.

“As a leading academic health center located in close proximity to a large military base, we must continue to look for ways to support our military community,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. “One way educational institutions can serve this population is to offer a curriculum central to the needs of the men and women of the military. We have already made strides at our university and health system in this area but much more is needed.”

“We’re grateful to Sen. Chambliss and Georgia Regents University for bringing together this event in support of both national security and education,” said Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon. “Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing our nation, and this initiative has enormous potential to help prepare our young people to protect the nation’s sensitive data, both in uniform and in the private sector. Moreover, GRU’s leading role in this event is another example of the strong partnership Fort Gordon shares with the university and the entire Central Savannah River Area community. We look forward to participating in this tremendous effort.”

For more information please visit http://www.gru.edu/cybersummit