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Two cybersecurity events set for April in Oak Ridge

Cyber securityTwo big cybersecurity events are planned for the first week in April, both in Oak Ridge.

Ahead of the 12th Annual Cyber and Information Security Research (CISR) Conference that begins with a reception the evening of April 4, the new Cyber and Information Security Consortium (CISC) will hold its second workshop at the same venue – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

CISC, a non-profit organization, grew from efforts by several Knoxville and Oak Ridge organizations to capitalize on some of the region’s unique cyber and information security assets. The key drivers included private sector firms like Cisco Systems, which has more than 50 employees locally, and Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Inc., a growing national information security provider as well as public research entities like the University of Tennessee (UT) and ORNL.

After holding its first gathering a year ago during the CISR conference, the CISC group convened more formally in the fall in conjunction with Sword & Shield’s EDGE conference. CISC also held a micro-event during “Innov865 Week” last September and has hosted several brown bag lunches.

The collaborative relationship continues this year with CISC again piggybacking on the long-standing and well-attended conference hosted by ORNL.

From 1 to 5 p.m. April 4, CISC will hold a meeting targeted at C-suite executives interested in cybersecurity. There will be a panel focused on strategic attack and response trends that includes Fred Cobb of Sword & Shield, Travis Howerton of Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, Bob Jackson of Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., and Tony Rucci of Information International Associates.

Stuart Brotman, a UT Professor and Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution, will lead a discussion on how to navigate the boardroom from a cyber perspective. There will also be structured networking as CISC begins building its Executive Peer Forums for C-level security professionals.

For more information and to register for the CISC event, click here.

The CISR conference that begins with an opening reception after the CISC workshop also includes two full days of sessions, research paper presentations, a conference banquet, vendor interaction, and networking. The first full day features a technology showcase, while the second will include technology demonstrations.

To register for the CISR conference, click here. Registration closes on March 31.


Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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