Monday, December 19, 2011

CyberFutures Conference set for March 22-23, 2012

AFA's newest conference, CyberFutures, promises to be another great event, sharing critical information and best practices on cyber-related issues. The 2012 CyberFutures Conference provides a unique platform cyber security and technology professionals to convene, and fosters the development of strategies to approach this growing security threat. AFA’s second annual cyber conference will be held March 22-23, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

The cyber domain presents endless opportunities but also unbounded threats. Maintaining secure networks and systems is vital. Identifying and addressing the limitations and challenges is imperative—eliciting the need for a national event for the cyber community to share critical information and best practices.  

This conference is a great chance to come together with military leadership, senior DOD professionals, intelligence services and cyber experts as they discuss the latest in the continuum of cyber defense and how it affects nation and its security. Speakers of last year’s conference included Lt. Gen. William T. Lord, Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; Greg Schaffer, Assistant Secretary of Cyber Security Communication for the Department of Homeland Security; Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Google and one of "the fathers of the Internet”; and Robert Butler, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.

Key conference topics:

· Cyber and Warfighting Integration

· Future of Cyber Defense
· Cyber Priorities and Perspectives
· The Evolution of the Cyber Threat
· Cyber Challenges and Technical Strategies

Along with top notch speakers, CyberFutures features a technology exposition that exhibits the latest technological advances and innovations in cyber defense.

In addition, AFA’s CyberPatriot, the national high school cyber defense competition, will be hosting their national finals competition, where 24 high school teams from around the country will compete for the championship trophy, scholarships and bragging rights. For more information on CyberPatriot, go to

Over the next few weeks, look for additional speakers, upcoming scheduling specifics and other information updates.

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