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October Cybersecurity Conference Funded by NSF Grant

A Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Conference on Thursday, October 20 is one of the first activities related to a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) “City and County Cross Jurisdiction Cybersecurity Collaboration Capacity Building” grant awarded this summer to the School of Business and the Volgenau School of Engineering.

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The morning event on the Arlington campus will focus on cybersecurity leadership, the challenges of cybersecurity for cities and counties, and cybersecurity innovation.

Conference speakers include:

Robert Coles

Robert Coles

Robert Coles, CISO, GlaxoSmithKline
Paul J. Suarez, Senior Director, Security Engineering, Walmart
Ed Albrigo, President, Center for Innovative Technology
Alexis Wales, Deputy Branch Chief, Cybersecurity. Performance Management, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Dave Jordan, CISO, Arlington County
Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez, CTO, PFP Cybersecurity
Ashok Sankar, Director, Solutions Strategy, Splunk
Joey Hutcherson, fmr Deputy Director, Office of Privacy and Open Government, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary

The grant calls for research on paths for city and country collaboration on cybersecurity (“cross jurisdictional sharing”) and on best practices for local government cybersecurity especially for localities with limited budgets and cybersecurity expertise.   In addition, the grant calls for the creation of regional workshops and education and learning modules for city and county executives. The researchers also plan to support development of a Local Government Cybersecurity Toolkit, covering relevant cybersecurity leadership and governance issues.

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Mary Crowson

Mary Crowson is a program operations specialist for the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative within George Mason's School of Business.

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