George Mason UniversitySchool of Business


Events & Conferences

To further its mission of advancing the School of Business research partnerships and education, the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative leads and sponsors multiple conferences and events per year. 

  •  CyberSecurity Innovation Forum Series

Sponsored by the School of Business and the Volgenau School of Engineering, the CyberSecurity Innovation Forum is a regular event that brings cybersecurity experts and technology innovators to speak on a variety of information security topics. The events focus on cybersecurity innovations that address current and evolving challenges and have a real and measurable impact.

The Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series is generously supported by


Join our Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Meetup Group as there are many upcoming Forum dates listed.
Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Meetup

Here is the List of the hundreds of Previous Event Speakers over the last many years. Cybersecurity_Forum_Speaker_Sheet.pdf

The following are some of the recent lectures and presentations given at the Cybersecurity Innovation Forum:

Asher Kotz, Manager, Business Development (Cybersecurity and Israel), Fairfax County Development Authority - FCEDA_Cybersecurity_GMU_30APR2019_v-01.pdf

Malek Ben Salem, Senior Manager, Accenture Technology - Scalable_Document_Classifiaction_for_GMU.pdf

Kenneth Huh, Global Head, Cyber Compliance, BNY Mellon - GMU_Cyber_Forum_Presentation_Kenneth_Huh_20190430_vF.pdf

Heather Dahl, Executive Director - heather_gm_slides.pdf

Gus Hunt, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services - GMU_Cyber_Innovation_Series_-_Achieving_Cyber_Resilience_Gus_Hunt-v2.pdf

Joe Saunders, CEO, RunSafe Security - RunSafe_GMU_Innovation_Forum.pdf

Aref Zahed, Mason Information Technology Services - RedLine.pdf

Jim Jones, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, George Mason University - CybersecurityInnovationForum-jones-2018.pdf

Rick Tiene, Vice President – Smart Cities, Government and Critical Infrastructure, Mission Secure, Inc. - OT_cybersecurity_fot_GMU_Forum.pdf

Naomi Eide, CIO Dive - CIO_Dive_-_Cybersecurity_Innovation_Forum.pdf

Tim Wilson, Dark Reading - DR_GeorgeMasonU0417.pdf

Grant Elliot, CEO, Ostendio - ostendio_George_Mason_Presentation_April_18_2017.pdf


  • Mason – NSF Cybersecurity Leadership & Smart City / County Conference

George Mason University had an enlightening full-day conference focusing on cybersecurity leadership and Smart City / County themes from the new George Mason—NSF City and County cybersecurity partnering project.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a vision of cybersecurity leadership and governance given the increasingly complex IT and cybersecurity environment, hear about the evolution of Smart City initiatives and the related cybersecurity challenges, discover how governments and private sector are addressing cybersecurity challenges resulting from increased connectivity and network reliance, and hear about new and emerging technologies that might help to address these challenges.

The conference will provide a platform for cybersecurity leaders and practitioners from government, private sector and academia to discuss cybersecurity challenges and best practices and learn from the newest cyber innovation. Our speakers include CISOs from Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, entrepreneurs and cybersecurity practitioners.

Event: Mason - NSF Cybersecurity Leadership & Smart City/County Conference
Date: March 13, 2018
Time: Registration 7:45am / Conference 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
Transportation: Metro – Virginia Square (Orange Line) – Paid parking available at Founders Hall Garage
Hosted by: George Mason University’s School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE)
Food: Continental Breakfast and lunch will be served.

To register, click here

A sampling of the speakers:

  • Rick Howard, CSO, Palo Alto Networks
  • Tomohiro Arai, Science Counselor and Chief of Science section, The Embassy of Japan
  • Rick Tracy, Senior Vice President, CSO, Telos
  • Dave Jordan, CISO, Arlington County
  • Annie Carlson, Information Technology Manager, Town of Leesburg
  • Isaac Janak, Commonwealth of Virginia, Secretary of Homeland Security and Public Safety Office
  • Kevin Yin, CEO, SitScape
  • Linton Wells II, Executive Advisor, C4I & Cyber Center
  • Michael Aisenburg, Principal Cyber Policy Counsel, MITRE
  • Raghu Dev, World Wide Identity and Access Management Lead, IBM
  • Adam Sills, ‎Head of Contract P&C Binding and Professional Liability, CapSpecialty
  • Shaun Waterman, Contributing Editor, Cyberscoop
  • A.J. Nash, Intelligence Services Manager, Symantec
  • Yoshihiro Katagiri - Director, North-America Center, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Here is the conference Agenda: Mason_NSF_Cyber_Leadership_Smart_City_County_Conference_Agenda_-FINAL.pdf

Here is the Biography Sheet of the speakers: Mason_NSF_Cybersecurity_Conf_Speaker_Bio_Sheet_FINAL_2.pdf

Here are some of the presentations from the day:















  • Assistive Technology, Smart Homes and Senior Housing Design in Innovative Multidisciplinary Conference

Technology experts, policy makers, health care providers, architects, senior living community leaders, and educators gathered at George Mason University’s Founders Hall in Arlington for the Assistive Technology to Smart Homes and Senior Housing Design Conference. The conference featured ways the technology, real estate, and innovation communities can come together and collaborate to help develop transformational assistive technology products, services, and communities. The event was hosted by George Mason University‘s School of Business (Research Partnerships and Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship) and NoVaRHIO.

To read more about the conference, please go here.

The following are some of the presentations from that day:

Gail Kutner, Arlington Commission on Aging - Arlington_Commision_on_Aging_Assistive_Technology_Projects_Presentation__at_Assistive_Technology_Workshop_GMU_9192017.pdf

More presentations can also be found here.

  • Dr. Toshio Obi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan Visits Mason; Highlights Potential for Robotics for Ageing Societies

Japan is the world’s first super ageing society with more than 40% of the population projected to be 65 and older by 2050. Ageing societies though aren’t limited to Japan – many developed as well as developing countries are projected to have at least 30% of their population 65 or higher by 2050 including Korea, Germany, Iran, Singapore, Chile, U.S. and China. In fact UN DESA projects that 2/3 of world population 65 years and older in 2050 will live in developing countries. The challenge is that for some countries they will become old before they become middle and upper income.

To read more, please go here

The presentation given by J.P. Auffret on this topic - Technology_Innovation_for_Aging_Society_and_Special_Needs_-_APEC_TEL_November_2016_Auffret.pdf

  • Mason - NSF Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Conference

George Mason University and NSF had an enlightening half-day conference last October 2016 that focused on the research project: City and County Cross Jurisdiction Cybersecurity Collaboration Capacity Building (Award 1623653).

Our conference provided a platform for cybersecurity leaders and practitioners from the federal, city and county governments, private sector and academia to discuss cybersecurity challenges and best practices, and learn about the newest cyber innovation.

Our high profile speakers included CISOs from Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, entrepreneurs and cybersecurity practitioners. Confirmed speakers included:

Robert Coles, CISO, GlaxoSmithKline

Paul J. Suarez, Senior Director, Security Engineering, Walmart

Ed Albrigo, President, Center for Innovative Technology

Dave Jordan, CISO, Arlington County

Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez, CTO, PFP Cybersecurity

Ashok Sankar, Director, Solutions Strategy, Splunk