Oct. 13-14 conference to highlight innovations in cybersecurity, including potential new technologies developed by researchers at state universities
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2015) – General Keith Alexander, the retired former Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the first person to lead U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), will serve as the keynote speaker during a Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF (FC2) conference on Oct. 13-14.
As part of the USF and The SunTrust Foundation Lecture Series, Alexander will deliver his remarks, titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve: Securing a Nation Amid Change,” at 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 13 in the Marshall Student Center’s Oval Theater. Media are invited to attend, however reporters are only permitted to record the first three minutes of Alexander’s presentation. He will be briefly available to reporters after his presentation concludes.
As the CEO and president of IronNet CyberSecurity, Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity through development of cutting edge technology, consulting, education and training. He served as the first Commander of U.S. Cyber Command from 2010-2014 and was the Director of the NSA from 2005-2014.
Day one of the conference also features additional speakers and panel discussions on key topics impacting the cybersecurity industry, including countering cyber threats in banking, healthcare and insider negligence.
Among the speakers is John Felker, recently named director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). Felker is expected to outline his vision and direction for the NCCIC during his 11:45 a.m. presentation.
Day two of the conference features FC2’s first-ever Research Symposium. Last year FC2 awarded $500,000 in seed grants for cybersecurity research projects designed to draw the attention of investors interested in commercializing and launching new businesses, which is consistent with part of FC2’s mission to help grow the cybersecurity industry and drive economic development in Florida. Researchers will present their findings beginning at 8:30 a.m., with an investor panel discussion to follow at 3:45 p.m.
A full schedule of events and registration information can be found here.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.