Monday, April 4, 2011

CyberFutures Wrap-Up

What an exciting two-day event!

CyberFutures culminated Friday evening with an unforgettable ceremony, where the winners of CyberPatriot III were announced! Congratulations to the following teams for placing:

Open Division Champions: Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, NJ
Second place: Westview High School, San Diego, CA
Third Place: Alamo Area Acadamies, San Antonio, TX

All Service Division Champions:
Orlando CAP Squadron, Orlando, FL
Second Place: Buena High School Army JROTC, Sierra Vista, AZ
Third Place: Clearfield High School AFJROTC, Clearfield, UT

Friday's agenda had another line-up of top cyber security experts addressing new strategies for the new domain! Military leadership gave us an in-depth look at how the armed forces are addressing cyber concerns and challenges. Maj Gen David Senty, Chief of Staff for Cyber Command, opened up Day 2 of the CyberFutures Conference with a presentation on maneuvering in cyberspace. Lt Gen William Lord, Chief, Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer; Lt Gen Michael Basla, Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, and Maj Gen Edward Bolton, Director of Cyber and Space Operations, each brought their perspectives on the emerging threats and the current and future challenges associated with operating in cyberspace.

We also had Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google Vinton Cerf present at CyberFutures. (Cerf is also recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet".) Cerf discussed building resilient systems as well as some of the advancements we’ve made in communicating over the InterPlanetary Network in space – for the first time storing data rather than just transmitting it in the network.

James Richberg, Assistant Deputy Director for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, discussed the obstacles in guarding networks from cyber intrusions. DNI leads intelligence integration across the 16 federal organizations that comprise the Intelligence Community and serves as the principal adviser to the president and the National Security Council on intelligence issues related to national security.

Check Air Force magazine's Daily Report for more coverage for CyberFutures! Transcripts from the CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition will be available at later this week.

AFA wants to thank everyone who made CyberFutures such a successful inaugural event! And congratulations, again, to the CyberPatriot teams!

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