The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

CERIAS Annual Information Security Symposium - March 26th - 27th 2014

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Last updated: 2014-04-30

Please save the date for the CERIAS Annual Information Security Symposium on March 26 & 27th, 2014.

We’re living in a time of transition. Cyberthreats are increasing and becoming more sophisticated, victimized organizations are cooperating with competitors and fighting back, and the discussion of expected privacy has become front-page news. These topics, and more, will be explored at the 15th Annual CERIAS Security Symposium. Join the conversation amongst academic educators and researchers, commercial R&D engineers, government researchers, and industry practitioners as we examine the current state, possible solutions and emerging technologies addressing issues of information assurance, security, privacy and cybercrime.


Keynote Addresses

Keynote Day 1

Amy S. Hess Amy S. Hess
Executive Assistant Director of Science and Technology, FBI

(Source: As the Executive Assistant Director of Science and Technology at the FBI, Amy S. Hess is responsible for the executive oversight of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.

Ms. Hess began her career as an FBI special agent in 1991 and was initially assigned to the Kansas City Field Office. While there, she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. She was an applicant assessor, a firearms instructor, and a member of the Evidence Response Team.

In 1999, Ms. Hess transferred to the Louisville Division, where she investigated domestic terrorism. She also served as the division’s principal firearms instructor and Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator. Ms. Hess was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002. In 2005, she was assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Phoenix Division in 2007. As ASAC, she was assigned to the Tucson Resident Agency, with oversight of nearly 100 employees throughout southern Arizona. During that time, she was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander for the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.

Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, where she was promoted to chief of the Executive Staff Section in the National Security Branch. She was subsequently named section chief in the International Operations Division, in charge of the operational support of the Bureau’s 61 legal attaché offices worldwide.

Ms. Hess is native of Jeffersonville, Indiana and holds a degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Purdue University.

Keynote Day 2

George Kurtz George Kurtz
President/CEO and Co-Founder, CrowdStrike,

Serial entrepreneur George Kurtz co-founded CrowdStrike, a cutting-edge, big data, security technology company focused on helping enterprises and governments protect their most sensitive intellectual property and national security information. Kurtz is an internationally recognized security expert, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He has more than 20 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling small and large organizations. His entrepreneurial background and ability to commercialize nascent technologies has enabled him to drive innovation throughout his career by identifying market trends and correlating them with customer feedback, resulting in rapid growth for the businesses he has run. His prior roles at McAfee, a $3-billion security company, include Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and GM, as well as SVP of Enterprise. Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz started Foundstone in October 1999 as the founder and CEO responsible for recruiting the other six founding team members. Foundstone, a world wide security products and services company, had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry, and was acquired by McAFee in October of 2004. He also authored the best-selling security book of all time, Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions.

Fireside Chat

Eugene H. Spafford and invited security professionals chat about cyber security. Members of the audience will be able to suggest topics to raise.

Panel Discussions

Two Views on Privacy and Security

David Medine David Medine
Chairman, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

David Medine started full-time as Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on May 27, 2013. Previously, Mr. Medine was an Attorney Fellow for the Security and Exchange Commission and a Special Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2002 to 2012, he was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale where his practice focused on privacy and data security, having previously served as a Senior Advisor to the White House National Economic Council from 2000 to 2001. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Medine was the Associate Director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where, in addition to enforcing financial privacy laws, he took the lead on Internet privacy, chaired a federal advisory committee on privacy issues, and was part of the team that negotiated a privacy safe harbor agreement with the European Union. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Medine taught at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law. Mr. Medine earned his B.A. from Hampshire College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Medine’s presentation is entitled: “Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Post-Snowden Era.”

Mark Rasch Mark Rasch
Principal at Rasch Technology and Cyber Law

Mark Rasch is dedicated to providing professional advice in the areas of information security, privacy, incident response, electronic evidence handling, and regulatory compliance.

He brings over 25 years of experience in the information security field, having served for nine years as the head of the United States Department of Justice Computer Crime Unit, and having prosecuted key cases involving computer crime, hacking, computer fraud and computer viruses.

While at the Department of Justice, he was responsible for investigations of computer hacking cases including those of the so-called “Hannover Hacker” ring, Kevin Mitnick and the prosecution of Robert T. Morris, author of the Cornell Internet Worm in 1988. He helped the FBI and Treasury Department develop their original procedures on handling electronic evidence. He created and taught classes at the FBI Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on electronic crime and evidence. He has also taught classes on cyberlaw at American University, George Washington University, Harvard University, and Stanford.

Mark is frequently featured in news media on issues related to technology, security and privacy including. He has appeared on or been quoted by NBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, PBS, The Washington Post, NPR and other national and international media. He writes a monthly column for StorefrontBacktalk on issues related to law and e-commerce and is a regular contributor to Wired magazine.

Other panel topics to be announced

Josh Corman Josh Corman
Chief Technology Officer, Sonatype

As a security strategist and philosopher serving in the IT Security space, Joshua Corman’s cross-domain research highlights adversaries, game theory and motivational structures. A passionate advocate who “fights for the user” and the oft neglected public good, Corman’s research has shifted toward the rise of hactivism, internet governance, cyber-conflict, and the growing tensions between technology and civil liberties.

Prior to joining Sonatype, Corman was the Director of Security Intelligence at Akamai Technologies. He is also the former Research Director of the 451 Group. He co-founded Rugged Software and IamTheCavalry, was named a Top Influencer of IT in NetworkWorld and serves as a Fellow with the Ponemon Institute. Corman received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire.

Student Poster Competition

CERIAS students exhibit posters of their current and recent research. Over 40 current projects highlighted. Prizes will be awarded for best presentation.

And More!

One-on-one sessions, student recruiting sessions, CERIAS Awards, and the infamous ‘CERIAS Technology Speed Dating’ session.

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