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2018 Session Summaries: Cyber Security and Technology Symposium

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking the world by storm. The millions of connected sensors and smart devices that are being deployed on a daily basis in homes, offices, cities and even on our persons are creating unprecedented opportunities in cutting costs, reducing energy consumption, improving efficiency and customer services, and better understanding how we interact with our environment.  The IoT, hailed as one of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of the tech industry, will soon be an inherent part of every aspect of our lives, from retail shops to hotels, to cars and airplanes and practically everything we interact with.   However, this increased connectivity also presents increased cyber security challenges.

IoT definition, Standards, IT to IoT nexus   This panel will include NIST, NSA, Army Network Cross Functional Team, Industry & Health Care executives.  The Internet of Things (IoT) — a universe of connected things providing key physical data and further processing of that data in the cloud to deliver business insights— presents a huge opportunity for many players in all businesses and industries . Many companies are organizing themselves to focus on IoT and the connectivity of their future products and services. For the IoT industry to thrive there are three categories of challenges to overcome: technology, business and society.  This panel will discuss IoT from the customers and regulators perspective including Privacy, Regulatory, Connectivity, and Security Standards and striking the right balance of security and utility.


  • Major General Patricia Frost, United States Army Retired, Director of Cyber for Partners in Performance America (PIP-AM) and President and CEO of Patricia Frost & Associates, LLC.
  • Ms. Katerina Megas, Program Manager for the Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 
  • Mr. Chuck Kesler, Chief Information Security Officer, Duke Health  
  • Col Nora R. Marcos, Chief of Staff for the Army’s Network Cross-Functional Team (CFT). 
  • Mr. Mike Bender, Director of the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) REPLACED with Ms. Deb Crawford, Internet of Things Research Lead, Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS)
  • Mr. Rob Seate, Senior Vice President and Chief Cyber Risk Strategist, InfusionPoints  
  • Full speaker biography for this session. 

Cyber and IoT Challenges and Emerging Requirements   This panel will include Homeland Security, USMC, DIUx, Army CERDEC, Industry, and Academia.   Discussion will follow on from the previous panel and drill down on the challenges and emerging operational, security, privacy, connectivity, compatibility, business, and societal requirements.  The gist is how can IoT satisfy all the regulatory and security requirements and still provide operational utility:  Situational Awareness, ISR, e-commerce; vertical markets, horizontal markets, and consumer markets.


  • Colonel Dan Bennett, Chief of Research, Army Cyber Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy
  • Colonel Stephen E. Dawson, Assistant Commandant, US Army Cyber School, Cyber Center of Excellence Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Mr. Chase Garwood, Program Manager,  Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tim Kern, CYBERCOM Capabilities Development Group, Warfighter-In-Residence (LNO), Defense Innovation Unit-Boston and Expeditionary Cyber Specialist for DIU IT
  • Dr. Portia Crowe, Chief of Cyber Engineering, US Army Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications Tactical (PEO C3T)
  • Dr. Juan Lopez Jr., US Marine Corps Retired, Cyber-Physical Research and Development Program Manager, Global Security Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Gerard Hayes, President & CEO, Wireless Research Center of North Carolina 
  • Mr. Kasey Miller, Information Management Office (IMO), II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • Full speaker biography for this session.

Cyber Education, Training & Research     This panel consists of Army Cyber Institute, Academia, Industry, and Cyber Command. Panel members will discuss the needs of the community and the discipline of cybersecurity. It will explore the dichotomy and congruence cyber education, training, and research. Areas of consideration as the framework for the discipline of cyber is evolving.

  • Education vs. Training – formal education and guild (craft or trade) system
  • General education (undergraduate) vs. specialized education (graduate and postgraduate)
  • Academic vs. Practitioner Research
  • Certifications vs. Degrees vs. Experience and Practice


  • Colonel Carlos Vega, Founding Member, Army Cyber Institute 
  • Todd Boudreau, Deputy Commandant, US Army Cyber School
  • Dr. Alex Krapravelos, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. 
  • Mr. Tony Marshall, President & CEO, Innovative Systems Group Inc. 
  • Ms. Ines Jordan-Zobb, Duke University
  • Chris Herring, Department Chair of the Systems Security & Analysis degree program, Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Full speaker biography for this session.

C5 Consortium and OTAs  This panel will consist of representatives from the Consortium Management Group, USMC, and the Army’s PEO IEW&S, PEO IES, and PM Fixed Wing.   Panel members will discuss how DoD is using Consortiums and Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs).  Attendees will learn processes, procedures, and how to participate.   

  • Brigadier General Tom Cole, United States Army Retired, Consultant, Thomas Cole & Associates
  • Jim Frankovic, Chief Operating Officer, Consortium Management Group (CMG)
  • Mardel Wojciechowski, Division Chief, Contracting Planning, Program Executive Office (PEO) Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (IEW&S)
  • Matt Bentley, Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) Business Lead, Project Manager Fixed Wing, Program Executive Office Aviation REPLACED with Lieutenant Colonel Rob Wolfe, Director Strategic Initiative, Program Executive Office (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems (IES)
  • Full speaker biography for this session.

Business to Government Facilitated Meet and Greet Networking    This 1 hour session will include government and industry panel members and others.  Panel members will be grouped at tables, ie. NIST, DIUx, Industry, Army, USMC, etc.  Attendees will have a chance to briefly meet and connect, so have your elevator pitch prepared and business cards.  Every 3 minutes, a chime will sound indicating time to rotate and give someone else a chance.     

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Program: Denny Lewis

Registration, Sponsorship:
Courtney Smedick

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