The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the Southeast Region Cyber Security & Technology Symposium on October 11, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 
WHEN.  October 10 (reception) and October 11 (Symposium), 2018  
WHERE.  University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The Friday Conference Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
ABOUT THE EVENT. According to McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the world lost about $600 billion to cybercrime in 2017. The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated that cyberattacks cost the US between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016 as a result of 21, 239 public sector cyber incidents and 239 known breaches. During this same period, government agencies reported 30,899 cyber incidents, 16 of which met the threshold of being a major incident.  
The exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), and now the Internet of BATTLEFIELD Things opens the door for both increased capabilities and vulnerabilities. Leaders must continually evolve to adapt to future innovations and resultant cyber security threats.
To accomplish this, the Federal Departments have established outreach offices and procedures to discover and acquire cutting edge, innovative technologies to address these evolving needs.
This Symposium will feature cyber experts from the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security, the services (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USCYBER Command, research institutions, and large and small commercial entities.
The October 11th event will be preceded with a reception and guest speaker the evening prior.
Symposium Goals:
  • Learn about current and evolving cyber security challenges, including the impact of IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Analytics, Blockchain, and other potential solutions.)
  • Hear and discuss several cutting edge cyber/IT innovations.
  • Join the discussion on how to best train and retain cyber talent.
  • Understand DoD Consortiums and Other Transaction Authorities (OTA).
  • Network with federal and commercial cyber technology leaders and other participants.
  • Depart the conference with a better understanding of current and evolving cyber needs, a broader network of contacts, and how you can better prepare to compete for cyber/IT future opportunities.
Target Audience: Military, Government, Commercial, Academe interested in Cyber Defense of the Internet of Things including: AI, ML, Big Data Analytics, embedded systems, sensors, cloud computing, and in connecting with government and commercial leaders in these fields. 
Session Announcement. 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
Session speakers:
  • Colonel Carlos Vega is a founding member of the Army Cyber Institute and the Army’s Cyber career field. His cybersecurity experience spans over two decades with multiple leadership roles and practical experience.   Colonel Vega has demonstrated experience leading large and small-scale organizations to achieve difficult IT, security and operational objectives, in high stress environments characterized by demanding standards and intense operational schedules. In his current role, he is responsible for planning & executing the Army’s mission of thought leadership for the Army’s Cyber Enterprise by creating new knowledge, imparting solutions and, without fail, inspiring trust to jointly tackle the nation’s global cybersecurity challenges.
  • Dr. Alex Krapravelos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015. His research interests span the areas of systems and software security. Currently, he studies how the web changes on the client side via browser extensions and how we can protect the browser from malicious client-side attacks. He is also interested in Internet privacy and browser fingerprinting specifically, where he is working on making Internet users less distinctive while they browse the web. He has been the lead developer of Wepawet, a publicly available system that detects drive-by downloads with the use of an emulated browser, Revolver, a system that detects evasive drive-by download attempts, and Hulk/Mystique, a browser extension analysis system. Alexandros is a member of the Order of the Overflow, the organizing team of DEF CON CTF, the largest, oldest and most l33t hacking competition of the world.
  • Mr. Tony Marshall is President & CEO of Innovative Systems Group Inc. (ISG). ISG is a 20 year old, Raleigh NC based company that provides Cybersecurity services for Federal, State and commercial businesses. ISG developed one of the first Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Programs in the country. When discussing the ISG Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program (ISG-CAP) Mr. Marshall says “The skills gap in Cybersecurity and other IT disciplines is a significant national problem that will get worse before it gets better. Apprenticeship is our best hope to train and prepare the next generation. ISG’s found success in working with transitioning veterans to develop them into cybersecurity professionals. In 2018 ISG expects to expand this program nationally.
  • Ms. Ines Jordan-Zobb is a Senior and Alice M. Baldwin Scholar majoring in Political Science and Art History at Duke University, where she focuses on national security, foreign policy, and technology. She is a council member of Duke’s American Grand Strategy Program, and Vice-President of Duke’s Cyber Club. This fall, Inés is co-teaching a half-credit course on Cyber Security and Strategy at Duke, and researching federal Internet-of-Things policy at the NSA-backed Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at NC State University. She had written about cyber policy and technology ethics in SIGNAL Magazine and Real Clear Defense.
  • Chris Herring is the Department Chair of the Systems Security & Analysis degree program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. The program has been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. As department chair, Chris focuses on providing an educational product that prepares students for the cyber security industry. Part of that approach is focusing on skills-based education, partnering with industry recognized organizations, and working with national and local cyber security organizations to provide a range of opportunities for students to learn and prepare to enter the work force. Chris earned an associate degree from both Wake Technical Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College. Later in his educational career, Chris went on to earn bachelor and master’s degrees in Technology Systems from East Carolina University.
Other Symposium Discussion Topics:
  • IoT Standards and Definition, IT to IoT Nexus
  • IoT Cyber vulnerabilities and how to defend
  • Enhancing Cyber Security with AI, ML, and Analytics,
  • Moving to the cloud to enhance cyber security
  • Near term and future cyber initiatives
  • The Army Internet of Battlefield Things
  • DoD Consortiums & OTAs: How they work & how to join