Department of Homeland Security officials to keynote the CACR Cybersecurity Summit

  • April 18, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a break from tradition, Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research will host its annual Cybersecurity Summit this summer, on Thursday, June 19, on the IUPUI campus.

Typically held in October to coincide with Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the summit will take place this year over the summer to allow more people -- particularly students -- to attend. The local impact of national and international cybersecurity issues, such as data breaches and software vulnerabilities, will serve as the main focus for attendees.

Headlining the summit are two nationally recognized cybersecurity experts from the U.S. government. Suzanne Spaulding, the undersecretary of homeland security for cybersecurity, and Douglas Maughan, the director of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Cybersecurity Division, will offer keynote lectures.

"Undersecretary Spaulding and Director Maughan are at the forefront of the U.S. government’s efforts to develop effective cybersecurity programs and technologies," said CACR Senior Fellow David G. Delaney. "Each brings a spectacular wealth of knowledge that will be shared with us in June, and we’re incredibly fortunate both are able to attend one of the Midwest’s premier cybersecurity conferences."

The Cybersecurity Summit will take place in the Hine Hall Auditorium (formerly the University Place Conference Center), 850 W. Michigan St. on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The entire program, which begins at 9 a.m., is provided compliments of CACR, including lunch and parking.

Though there is no cost to attend, advance registration is required.

The CACR Cybersecurity Summit will also feature panel discussions that include representatives from business, government and higher education. A full schedule will be posted to the CACR website as soon as it becomes available.

"Cybersecurity touches nearly every aspect of modern life, to some degree," Delaney said. "We’ve seen massive data breaches from some of the world’s biggest companies, and just last week learned of a software vulnerability called Heartbleed that potentially affected up to two-thirds of all websites. The CACR Cybersecurity Summit is designed to bring the latest national and international developments to a local audience, and we’re excited to again welcome guests from around the Midwest."

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