Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series Fall Event Announces Speakers

Cybersecurity risks, rapid technology changes, increasing compliance requirements, and greater reliance on technology have made cybersecurity a top career choice in this area. George Mason University’s goal is to provide a path to enhance leadership careers and be at the forefront of addressing cybersecurity challenges.

George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) will be hosting the Cybersecurity Innovation Forum on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 7pm-9pm at Research Hall on the Mason Fairfax campus for professionals looking to discover the newest innovations in cybersecurity. The Forum will consist of a series of 15-20 minute case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The focus of the event is on cybersecurity innovation including innovation rationale and motivation, technology, metrics and lessons learned. To RSVP, please go here.

Now in its 5th year, the Cybersecurity Innovation Forum at Mason is a regular event series that brings cybersecurity experts and technology innovators to campus to speak on a variety of information security topics. The event focuses on cybersecurity innovations that address current and evolving challenges and have a real and measurable impact. Previous speakers included:  Raghu Dev, IBM, Naomi Eide, CIO Dive, Grant Elliot, Ostendio, Tim Wilson, Dark Reading, Joe Aliada, Principal Solutions Architect, Clint Beasley, Regional Sales Manager, and Hassanain Kapadia, Sales Engineer, Palo Alto Networks, and many more. For a full listing of previous speakers and to sign up for upcoming events, please go here.

The speakers for September 7 include:

Brian Christos, CEO / Head of Product, Active Canopy – As Chief Executive Officer, Brian provides his bold vision and pioneering cyber experience for developing ActiveCanopy’s dynamic solutions.

Duncan Sparrell, sFractal Consulting, LLC – Duncan Sparrell is a seasoned software developer and network security evangelist. Besides having various certs (CSSIP, CSSLP, CCSK, PE), he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, and the AT&T Science and Technology Medal.

Mohamoud Jibrell, Chief Executive Officer, and Candan Bolukabas, Chief Information Officer, NormShield – Mohamoud Jibrell is responsible for business development and the overall growth of the company. He brings 25 years of executive leadership experience to NormShield. He was the CIO of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Candan Bolukabas is responsible for the technical direction and innovation of NormShield products. He is a certified ethical hacker, a certified secure programmer, certified incident handler, and a certified computer hacking forensic investigator.

To RSVP for the fall event, please go here.

Mark Your Calendars:

2017 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum #3

December 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Room 163, Research Hall, Fairfax Campus

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Christina Batcheler Program Operations & Public Relations Specialist Research Partnerships & Grants Initiative, School of Business & Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University P: 703-993-3746 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 *For our latest news, please go to our blog at: *To receive our news via email periodically, please send your email to: *Follow our tweets at: *Join our Meetup Group for upcoming events at:

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