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Tier1Conferences 224x300 Tier 1 Cyber Security Professional Organizations & Conferences [Cyber Education]

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One of the important things in the Information Technology field is the ability to not only understand the technology itself but to be able to expertly navigate the human network.  With that said we’re taking a look at the Best of the Best in  Professional Cyber Security Organizations and Conferences:

USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association:

  • Fosters technical excellence and innovation
  • Supports and disseminates research with a practical bias
  • Provides a neutral forum for discussion of technical issues
  • Encourages computing outreach into the community at large

USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC ’12) is their main conference.  USENIX ATC ’12 will take place June 12–15, 2012 in Boston.


IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E”, stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

  • foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
  • essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy is their main Cyber Security conference.  IEEE SEC & PRI will take place May 20-23, 2012 in San Francisco.


ISOC, Internet Society, founded by Vint Cerf:

  • world’s trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development.
  • More than simply advancing technology, they work to ensure the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for innovation, economic development, and social progress for people around the world.

Network & distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) occured on February 5-8, 2012 in San Diego.


ACM, Association for Computing Machinery:

  • widely recognized as the premier membership organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession
  • enables professional development
  • promote policies and research that benefit society.

ACM Computer and Communications Security (ACM CSS) Conference will occur on October 16-18, 2012 in Raleigh.

[via David Brumley]

“We’ve asked our military families to do the impossible. If I’m a 5 year old kid when this war starts (from 9/11 until now) and 10 years pass I’m now 15 and my whole conscious life has been at war in my family. That has never happened before (in our nation’s history).” - Mullen

I just finished watching Admiral Mike Mullen (USN., Retired) give his keynote at WEST 2012. WEST is a conference focused on communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, and shipbuilding. Things that stuck out to this Cyber Fellow are:

  • We must be able to carry out the Nation’s mission (both known and unknown). The unknown we must be in a position to adequately and effectively adjust to meet.
  • Change as a way of life must be in the doctrine. This was sited as something ADM Vern Clark enforced.
  • The U.S. should stick to it’s core values; Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, etc.
  • The National Debt remains our number #1 vulnerability. Having to deal with a massive debt -> (leads to) smaller Defense Budget -> less ability to defend and protect the Nation -> increased risk of attack and less resiliency.
  • DoD and DoS must continue to foster improved relations to become synergistic improved tools for the Nation.
  • The U.S. is not in decline; but countries and people are asking.
  • U.S. Army remains the center of gravity for Defense.
  • At all levels we must use less energy resources and obtain renewable resource capabilities faster/more cost effectively.
  • The existential Cyber threat cannot be left up to simply the system administrator, ITs, or COMMO. The leaders must resolve and correct this vulnerability.
  • Joint operations must remain a focus as we re-balance after a long focus on Counter Terrorism (CT) and COIN.
  • DoD cannot sit back and rest on its laurels - the World will not. The speed of knowledge must increase (not simply just information or data) and must provide this to the right leader at the right moment.
  • One must always ask “How does what your selling/proposing fit into the system of things? How does it take the cost out?”
  • Chiefs and Commanding Officers (O5 level) know who the right people are; must better tap into this resource in order to keep the right people.
  • Homelessness and Joblessness for Veterans is a serious problem and tied to the problem of the dwindling touch between the military and our citizens. Must reengage and ask for help to foster community and private sector ability to correct.

[Full WEST 2012 offerings available from U.S. Naval Institute]

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CyberWordle 1024x566 DON IT Conference, West Coast 2012 (Jan 23   Jan 26, 2012)

The Department of the Navy Information Technology West Coast Conference starts today.  If you are in this area of expertise you need to be listening and aligning yourself toward the initiatives and efficiencies DoN is working to accomplish.  If you’re in the area get to the conference and network with your fellow DoN IT types.  If you are off in the distance (or working to conserve that DoN budget) check out the Defense Connect Online and Teleconference information available for specific sessions.

Full descriptive schedule of the event is also available.  I recommend getting to the Strategic Vision of DoD and DoN session, getting the update on Cybersecurity/IA Workforce Program and understanding the intent on the DoN IT Efficiences Way Ahead.