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14th Annual UNC Charlotte Cyber Security Symposium Oct. 9, 2013

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics will host its 14th Annual UNC Charlotte Cyber Security Symposium on the UNC Charlotte campus on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The premier security conference in the region will again feature expert guest speakers from around the country who will address the latest issues surrounding cyber crime, cyber war, privacy issues, the piracy of intellectual property, and what is being done to combat these ever-increasing global threats.

"Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. We rely on this vast array of networks to communicate and travel, power our homes, run our economy, and provide government services.

Yet cyber intrusions and attacks have increased dramatically over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and business information, disrupting critical operations, and imposing high costs on the economy." Department of Homeland Security

Hardly a day goes by without a report of another cyber attack either here at home or somewhere around the globe. President Obama has declared that the "cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation" and that "America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity."

The conference is a must for business continuity professionals, information technology managers, software developers, systems administrators, information security professionals, information security consultants, and government leaders. Each year the City of Charlotte proclaims October Cyber Security Awareness Month in recognition of the conference.

The symposium will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cone University Center on the UNC Charlotte campus.

Our distinguished list of speakers include: Tom Bartolomeo, First Citizens; Roger Callahan, IAdvisory; Ted Claypoole, WCSR; Thom Dosedel, Secure Ideas; Joe Dubin, Rapid 7; Brian Foster, Damballa; Jack Freund, TIAA-CREF; Dan Geer; Orion Hindawi, Tanium; Todd Inskeep; Randy Lee, FireEye; Madhav Manjrekar, UNCC; John Melton, White Hat Security; Colleen Moss, FBI; Pete Murphy, Cardinal Innovations; Jon Normand, LogRythm; Nelson Peacock, CGA Group; Sam Phillips, Blackberry; Brent Rowe, RTI International; Charlotte Scheper, RTI International; Will Stranathan, CyberDNA; Steve Surdu, Mandiant; Erik Yunghans, Checkpoint.


To register go to from your desktop or mobile device. And don't forget to share with your social networks via #CSSUNCC13.

On-line Registration Rates

$125: Individual Registrations
$90: Select Special Association Members ($125 at-the-door) (see list of associations below) (BIG, CASN, CCI Alumni, Charlotte Chamber, CISSP, CrTec, Electronic Crime Task Force, GovIT, InfraGard, ISACA, ISSA, ITC, iToLogy, NC State Employees, NCHICA, NCTA, OWASP)

Contact Marjorie Bray ( if you are interested in more information on sponsorship opportunities.

This year's sponsors include: Bank of America, Cardinal Innovations, Checkpoint Software CRI, Eplus, FireEye, Fishnet Security, HIC Network Security Solutions,HP, Infoblox, LogRhythm, Microsoft, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Oracle, Palo Alto Networks, Peak 10, PMMC, Premier, Qualys, Rapid 7, RTI International, Splunk, Stalwart, TIAA-CREF, Wells Fargo, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.

The Department of Software and Information Systems' Information Assurance program was one of the first in the country to be designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) in Information Assurance "Research" for academic years 2008-2013. The Information Assurance program has also been designated by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance "Education" since 2001. A designation that has been extended through 2017. In 2006 a team of students from SIS won the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

About The College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Diversity in Information Technology Institute. Active research awards currently total $35 Million.

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Current enrollment exceeds 26,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.

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