Cyber Talks is a semiannual, one-day conference hosted by the Army Cyber Institute (ACI). Each one-day event highlights talks given by thought leaders and rising stars throughout the Cyber operations community of interest, designed to foster creative solutions and build intellectual capital in cyber operations. The ACI recently announced a Call for Presentations for the next Cyber Talks, to be held on September 22nd, 2015 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium on the campus of the National Defense University at Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington DC. As with previous Cyber Talks, the day will end with a social at the Fort McNair Officers Club hosted by the National Capital Region Chapter of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA).
Cyber Talks was first conceived by LTG Edward Cardon, Commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command. He asked the ACI for help in organizing a TED Talks-like event focused on cyber operations for ARCYBER personnel and the extended cyber operations community of interest. LTG Cardon envisioned a day-long series of short, high-impact talks that highlight innovative ideas in cyber security to take place at a location convenient to ARCYBER personnel. Reactions to the first two Cyber Talks events, held in September 2014 and March 2015, were overwhelmingly positive.
For each event, the ACI reaches out to contacts in the DoD, academia, industry, and government to put together a lineup of speakers that will deliver informative and thought-provoking talks relevant to the cyber operations community. Our last call-for-presentations garnered over 30 excellent abstracts. Previous industry speakers have included Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and CTO of CrowdStrike, Bruce Potter, CEO of Ponte Technologies and the Shmoo Group, Ed Skoudis, Senior SANS instructor and CEO of Counter Hack Challenges, Rick Howard, CISO of Palo Alto Networks, and Christopher Cleary from Verizon. We have also had a range of excellent military speakers, to include CAPT Sean Heritage, XO to ADM Michael Rogers (NSA Director and CDR, US Cyber Command), COL Carmine Cicalese from the Department of the Army G3, LTC Scott Applegate and CPT Roy Ragsdale from US Army Cyber Command, and MAJ Joseph Billingsley, founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association.
Responses to the Call for Presentations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 2nd, 2015 and selected speakers will be notified on or about July 20th. Abstracts should be 200 – 300 words long, and should be accompanied by speaker name, rank (if applicable), organization, position, and a brief biography. Talks should be unclassified, publicly releasable, unique, and fit the Cyber Talks mission to provide high-impact, innovative ideas. Note that ideas do not necessarily need to be fully formed, nor politically correct (be aware, however, that the audience is encouraged to ask questions and will take you to task if they do not agree with you).
Cyber Talks are free of charge and open to all interested parties. Registration is required. Registration details will be released by the end of July.