Cyber Beacon

Cyber Beacon is the flagship event of the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC). The conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing problems concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. This year's theme is "decision making in cyberspace" and there are six sessions; deterrence, law and authorities, gaming, innovative collaboration, information and disinformation, and cyberspace graduate education.

Cyber Beacon V will be held on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018 at the NDU campus on Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Attendance is by invitation only, there is no cost to attend the event, and space is limited. While the conference is unclassified, there are optional classified breakout sessions during lunch.

Confirmed speakers include General Paul Nakasone (Commander of US Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency), Admiral (Ret.) Bill Studeman (former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Director of the National Security Agency), Rear Admiral Dave Dermanelian (Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command), Major General (Ret.) Joseph Brendler Jr. (former US Cyber Command Chief of Staff), Patrick Duggan (National Security Council Director for Cybersecurity), Jason Healey (noted scholar of cyber conflict), Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jan Hamby (Chancellor Emerita of NDU CIC), Zach Lemnios (IBM Vice President of Physical Sciences & Government Programs), Thomas Wingfield, Esquire (cyber law expert and acting Chancellor of the NDU CIC), Dr. Haroon Ullah (Chief Strategy Officer at the US Agency for Global Media), Colonel Mike McGinley (DIU Boston Lead), JD Maddox (Senior Technology Advisor at Department of State's Global Engagement Center), LtCol Mark Reith (Director of the Center for Cyber Research at the Air Force Institute of Technology), Beau Woods (Deputy Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council), Siobhan MacDermott (Global Cyber Public Policy at Bank of America), Colonel Max Thibodeaux (Joint Information Operations Warfare Center), Dr. Cynthia Irvine (first Chair of the Cyber Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School), John Petrik (Editor of the Cyber Wire), Lieutenant Colonel Kurt Sanger (US Cyber Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate), Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos (founding Dean of the Air Cyber College), Colonel (Ret.) Jerry Lynes (Deputy Director of Joint Education and Doctrine at the Joint Staff J7), Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Pellicci (Chairman of the NDU Foundation), and Paul de Souza (Founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative). Confirmed attendees include Rear Admiral (Ret.) Normal Hayes (former EUCOM J2), Brigadier General (Ret.) Greg Touhill (first Federal Chief Information Security Officer), and Adam Nucci (DISL and Deputy Director for Cyber on the Army Staff).

The speakers and attendees will examine implications for decision making in highly contested information environments and the cyberspace domain. The speed with which cyber and information related events unfold demands dramatically faster decisions and responses for successful resilience. Cyber and information related events are not constrained to government or private networks, and represent challenges that must be faced together in a true Joint, inter-governmental, inter-agency, and multi-national (JIIM) collaborative environment. This is a critical theme for cyberspace policy, military authorities, collaborative partnerships, and operations. It is critical to surface these implications so leadership can take informed action to achieve strategic objectives. Better understanding of decision making in this area will also inform the education of national security leaders at NDU and beyond.  

The NDU Foundation is supporting this conference with catering, reception, and industry information tables. Seating is not assigned, so attendees are encouraged to sit at separate tables from those in their home organizations in order to meet a wider array of fellow professionals in this growing community. Photos from Cyber Beacon IV can be viewed here. Parking and transportation information can be found here. Check back here for additional updates.

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