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Two Cybersecurity Events Slated For Old Dominion in April

Organizational defense against cyber threats and cyber attacks is the focus of "You've Been BREACHED! A Wargaming Event and Cyber Symposium" being hosted by Old Dominion University on April 7.

Co-sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative, the event will feature an impressive roster of speakers and panelists, an interactive wargaming exercise and the opportunity to network with top threat experts, information officers and leading Hampton Roads executives.

The symposium will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Registration is free at the event's website. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by April 1. A social with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will follow the symposium.

The April 7 symposium is one of two cybersecurity-related events taking place at Old Dominion in April.

The Constant Center also will play host to a three-day advanced research workshop - "A Framework for a Military Cyber Defence Strategy" April 11 to 13 - funded by NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme in cooperation with Kiev University and Macedonia Military Academy.

At the April 7 symposium, Old Dominion President John R. Broderick will offer welcoming remarks before a keynote address by Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Defense.

A cybersecurity panel discussion will follow. It will include Tamer Nadeem, assistant professor of computer science and director of interdisciplinary programming for Old Dominion's Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.

A two-hour war game exercise will follow the panel discussion and Q & A.

Please contact Dan Bell of the Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative (danbell@hric.email, 757-373-6517) with questions about the symposium.

At the three-day workshop beginning April 11, global experts in various fields will come together to share opinions about how to create efficient cybersecurity strategies for armed forces.

Critical questions to be addressed at the workshop include:

Determining the framework to construct military strategies;

Offense-defense balance;

Cooperation with private companies;

Training qualified human resources;

Peacetime engagements;

Command and control and lower-level commanders' utilization of cyber tools for strategic influence.

Chandra de Silva, interim provost and vice president of Old Dominion, will make opening remarks. Others from Old Dominion scheduled to participate in breakout sessions are:

Jingwei Huang, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering; Unal Tatar, Ph.D. student;Adrian Gheorghe, chair of engineering management and systems engineering; Mustafa Canan, adjunct assistant professor of physics; Brian Payne, vice provost for academic affairs.

Registration for the advanced research workshop is available online at the event website.

Old Dominion University offers an undergraduate degree and an interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity, as well as graduate degrees in cyber systems security and cybersecurity.