Monday, March 28, 2011

Experts to Discuss the Complexities of Cyberspace at AFA Conference

AFA's brand new CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition is only a few days away! Learn about the challenges the new domain of cyberspace brings to different sectors and organizations at this inaugural event, to be held March 31 – April 1, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just minutes from downtown D.C.

Themed “New Strategies for a New Domain,” CyberFutures will focus on the challenges of developing and implementing effective cybersecurity policy and of applying technology in meeting those challenges. With featured speakers from government, defense, industry, and academia, the conference will be an energetic forum for discussion on the risks and vulnerabilities of operating in a cyber world full of hackers and technological complexities, and how to mitigate those risks.

Featured speakers include:
• Lt Gen William Lord, Chief, Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer
• Maj Gen Edward Bolton, Director, Cyber and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
• Dr. Vinton Cerf, Chief Technology Advocate for Google
• Dr. Martin Libicki, RAND Corporation
• Melissa Hathaway, Senior Adviser to Project MINERVA based at the Harvard Kennedy School
• Greg Schaffer, Assistant Secretary of Cyber Security Communication for Department of Homeland Security
• Gordon Snow, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division

For a full list of CyberFutures speakers, go to: http://www.afa.org/events/CyberPatriot/2011/CyberFutures_Speakers.asp.

AFA has also teamed up with RecruitMilitary to produce a career fair on April 1, where leading aerospace/defense firms will recruit for cyber tech openings. The career fair will be free, and open to all - veterans and non-veterans - who are interested in careers in cyber technology and related fields.

In conjunction with the conference, CyberPatriot III, AFA’s national high school cyber defense competition, will be conducting its national championship round. After six exciting months of preliminary rounds, the competition will culminate on April 1 with an award banquet for top winners in each division.

1 comment:

alec.mcginnis said...

This event sounds magnificent! I plan on joining the Air Force this fall, after Summer term of college is finished, to hopefully start a lifelong career. Math and science are strong subjects of mine and I hope to place well enough on the ASVAB to get placed in a job that involves mass amounts of technology. Too bad I live in Oregon, otherwise I most certainly would attend this event if possible. I'm excited to read more! Thanks for the information. :]

Alec McGinnis