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Army Cyber Institute to Host Cyber Talks – Atlanta

On March 29th, 2016 the Army Cyber Institute at West Point is hosting Cyber Talks – Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. Cyber Talks is a one-day event that gives a voice to disruptive cyber innovation. Twice a year we host this event in different locations throughout the country to energize the diverse cybersecurity community. Our audience is a mixture of government, military, industry, and academic professionals who are committed to defending our nation and its resources. Safety in cybersecurity is a shared responsibility hence our audience and speakers cover both the technical and non-technical aspects of this domain. Our typical speakers include both top-tier researchers and lesser-known individuals with great ideas. Our theme for Cyber Talks – Atlanta is “Analyze, Hunt, Defend.”

Information about this Cyber Talks event and our previous iterations are located on our website. Also posted on our website are video recordings of previous Cyber Talks presenters to see what you have missed in the past.

Registration is currently open for the event at We are still in the midst of making our final selection of speakers but as we confirm their attendance – the speaker tab on the website is updated. We anticipate this being an exciting event as seats are quickly filling for the event. We would appreciate your assistance in helping us get the word out to interested folks in your community.

Doors open at 08:00am and the program starts at 09:00am.

Tony Skjellum to join the Auburn Cyber Research Center

This story originally appeared on Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Newsroom.

Skjellum named COLSA cyber security and information assurance professor and director of Auburn Cyber Research Center

Anthony (Tony) Skjellum will join the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering on June 30 as the COLSA cyber security and information assurance professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. He comes from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he served as chair and professor of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences since 2003.

Skjellum earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 and went on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Caltech in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He minored in computer science while working on his doctorate. After completing his studies, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a computer scientist from 1990-1993.

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Burgess named to INSA Advisory Board

This story originally appeared on Auburn University’s Wire Eagle service.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., Auburn University’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs, has been named to the Board of Advisors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, or INSA. He will serve a one-year term, which began in October of 2013 and will conclude in September of 2014.

INSA is the premier intelligence and national security organization providing a unique venue for collaboration, networking and examination of policy issues and solutions. Representing an unprecedented alliance among senior leaders from the public, private and academic sectors, INSA members form an unparalleled community of experts that collaborate to develop creative, innovative and timely solutions to the intelligence and national security issues facing the United States.

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Auburn and Oak Ridge National Laboratory partner

This story originally appeared on Auburn University’s Wire Eagle service.

Auburn University has announced a formal collaborative agreement between the university’s Cyber Initiative and Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will focus resources and expertise on security issues in the cyber domain. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the U.S. Department of Energy system.

The increasing complexity of technology and critical infrastructure requirements for cyber security has created an urgent demand for the development of information transfer, storage and security solutions across the nation. Also, the number of cyber-based threats and attacks affecting government, industry and financial institutions are increasing at an exponential rate. In response, UT-Battelle, the management contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Auburn University have agreed to collaborate on programs and projects that address these critical issues.

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NSA names Auburn University a center of excellence

This story originally appeared on Auburn University’s Wire Eagle service.

Auburn University is one of four universities selected by the National Security Agency to carry the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Joining Auburn are Carnegie Mellon University, Mississippi State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

The program is designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an ever-changing global environment.

“Auburn has devoted significant resources and interdisciplinary rigor across campus to expand new cyber initiatives and extensive collaboration with external organizations,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs at Auburn.

“We are extremely pleased that NSA has recognized our efforts by selecting Auburn University for the program,” he added. “It is important to the nation, and we want to be a part of the strategic way ahead and feel we can contribute to this national need.”

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