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This 2-day Cybersecurity Conference, presented by Federal Publications Seminars (FPS) and Norwich University, is organized to motivate and influence business leaders to understand the threat, organize their defenses, and prepare to respond and recover from the inevitable cyber breach. 

It is no longer simply cybersecurity; it is a cyber war being waged as close as your internet service provider (ISP). National headlines show that nation state actors are in our networks creating havoc in our commerce, undermining our national critical infrastructures, and stealing our intellectual property. The highly organized cybercrime space is extracting money from our companies, and sometimes all it takes is an errant click. The topics, listed below, will be presented by speakers who are not only the leaders in their field, they are practitioners in preparing, defending and recovering cybersecurity events.

Session 1: Analyzing Public Facing Information
Cybersecurity is a technical field embodied with a unique lexicon and language steeped in acronyms.  The practitioner is best equipped to discuss the threat in terms of network architecture and affected systems. From a media perspective the arcane technical nature of the problems are generalized and sometime sensationalized to attract page views.  In the middle is the executive looking to understand technical impacts in terms of business outcomes to make rational decisions to manage and mitigate risk.  

In this session we explore the language of cybersecurity: breach, incident, attack surface, threat, defense, response and recovery in terms of the business professional.  We will put into context the impact of cyber events and how to manage strategic communications with all constituencies.

Session 2: Insider Threats
Malicious insiders can cause harm to organizations because they have access to systems and data. In this session, we will explore some cases of real insiders who have cause damage to systems and data. We will define what a malicious insider is and discuss some of the things an organization can do to prevent, detect and respond to malicious insiders.

Session 3: Global Threats and Emerging Trends in Cybercrime
In recent years we have witnessed a convergence of cybercrime and espionage, where nation states pose as criminals and criminals use nation state tactics to mask the true identity and intention of cyberattacks. Coupled with the significant increase in the number of attacks, it is increasingly difficult to accurately determine who carried out a cyberattack and what is the target of the attack. Therefore, cybersecurity professionals must be aware of the latest tactics of both nation states and cybercriminals to properly protect their networks. In this presentation, Dr. Hyslip will highlight the latest trends and threats used by both cybercriminals and nation states, including Ransomware, business email compromises, spear phishing, Mirai IoT Botnet, Chinese APT1, Russian APT28, and DDoS attacks.  Best practices and counter measures will be discussed, and an overview of the most recent attacks will be presented.      

Session 4: KEYNOTE: Addressing the Cybersecurity Workforce Needs
Our keynote speaker, Mr. Scott Nelson, will dive deep into the recent and incredibly quick market shift and discuss how, why and where the skills gaps are so vast, and how to address the overwhelming challenges associated with recruiting real talent.

Session 5: Cyber Law
As the overwhelming majority of cyber infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, the laws that impact the interaction between government and the private sector information technology industry, including the privacy rights so often are implicated in modern data storage systems. We will discuss developments in cyber law over the past year, including criminal, civil, regulatory, international and common law affecting the protection, use, and privacy of digital information. 

Session 6 & 7: Introduction and DECIDE Software Exercise
Are your incident response plan processes and procedures appropriate for the threats you face? Our customized risk simulation platform helps firms measure their own risk maturity level. Using DECIDE, NUARI provides a distributed web-based environment for all staff to practice decision-making in how to deal with business disruptions -- and the analytical tools for senior leaders to see the results of those decisions. A DECIDE exercise is centered around a risk framework which incorporates your industry peers and supply- chains to simulate systemic risk.
Dates and Locations
August 15-16, 2017
Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport
Minneapolis, MN
Day 1
8:15 AM - 4:45 PM
7:00 - 8:15 a.m. 

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Address
William Clements, PhD, VP & Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University
Andrew King, President, Federal Publications Seminars

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Cybersecurity: Analyzing Public-facing Information
George Silowash, MS, CISSP, GCFE, Chief Information and Security Officer, Norwich University
Phillip Sussman, President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. 

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Insider Threats
George Silowash, MS, CISSP, GCFE, Chief Information and Security Officer, Norwich University

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
George Silowash, MS, CISSP, GCFE, Chief Information and Security Officer, Norwich University
Phillip Sussman, President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)

Dr. Thomas Hyslip, Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Cyber Field Office, Eastern Resident Agency

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Global Threats and Emerging Trends in Cybercrime
Dr. Thomas Hyslip, Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Cyber Field Office, Eastern Resident Agency

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Q & A with Dr. Hyslip

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Addressing the Cybersecurity Workforce Needs
Col. Scott Nelson, Vice President, Secure|Set Academy LLC

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Concluding day's remarks
William Clements, PhD, VP & Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University
Andrew King, President, Federal Publications Seminars
Robert (Rob) Hafiz, Vice President, Federal Publications Seminars
Day 2
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Introduction for the Day
William Clements, PhD, VP & Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University
Andrew King, President, Federal Publications Seminars

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Cyber Law
William A. Yurek, J.D., Director, Cyber Intrusion Investigations, Defense Criminal Investigative Service

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Q & A with Dr. Yurek

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Introduction to DECIDE Software
Phillip Sussman, President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
DECIDE Exercise - Responding to a Cyber Attack
Zachary Fuller, Instructor, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, Ltd., Norwich University 
Phillip Sussman, President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Exercise Results/Review
Phillip Sussman, President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
William Clements, PhD, VP & Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University
Andrew King, President, Federal Publications Seminars
Robert (Rob) Hafiz, Vice President, Federal Publications Seminars
George Silowash, MS, CISSP, GCFE
Chief Information Security Officer, Norwich University

George J. Silowash was named Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Norwich University in December 2016. He is also the Academic Associate Program Director for the Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA) at Norwich University. George is responsible for the University’s information security program and for developing and maintaining curriculum for the Graduate program.

Prior to becoming CISO at Norwich, he was a Member of the Technical Staff within the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) where he developed technical controls for mitigating insider threats in both the private sector and the Federal government. Additionally, he conducted insider threat assessments and training workshops. George also helped develop training materials on behalf of the FBI to educate over 750,000 law enforcement officers on how to respond to crimes involving digital evidence. He has also conducted digital investigations for government and private sector entities.
His other areas of interest include privacy and security, securing the Internet of Things (IoT), and critical infrastructure security. 

Mr. Silowash was an Information Systems Security Officer for the United States Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center. Where he enhanced the agency’s information security program.
George has a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) and is a GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner (GCFE).
Phillip Susmann
President, Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI)
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Norwich University

Phil Susmann is the President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance the national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI is a non-profit corporation organized by the Trustees of Norwich University. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances and teams,
partnerships, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders. NUARI to date has received more than $62M in applied research funding. NUARI has active projects in Cyber Security, Defense Technologies, and Educational Technology and Delivery.

NUARI continues to develop the DECIDE® Platform, a strategic decision-making and communication exercise tool set. The DECIDE® Platform provides an unparalleled cyber threat experience to simulate a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios in a dynamic online environment. DECIDE® helps organizations exercise and experiment response plans and technical solutions, honing the real time decision-making capabilities, strategic communications’, critical infrastructure security, and sector level coordination that prevent cyber incidents from becoming a business disaster.

Phil Susmann is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. He is responsible to the President of the university for government relations, strategic cyber security business development, and supporting the Board of Trustees New Business Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee. Phil has been at Norwich University for 30 years as a faculty member, Chief Information Officer, and was responsible for the creation of the Cyber Security Programs, and the research and development activities that became NUARI in 2002.
Scott Nelson
Vice President, Secure|Set Academy LLC

Mr. Scott Nelson is currently the Vice President for Operations, for the Cyber Security Academy at Secure|Set Academy LLC, a Denver based private post-secondary accredited education company.  In this capacity he is responsible for operations of multiple locations of the Academy program and three distinct missions; K-12, Entry level cyber security applied education (CORE program) and Executive/C-Suite and Board education. Scott is also an US Army Reserve Colonel who recently transitioned off active duty as the national director for the USAR Cyber Public Private Partnership initiative and Deputy Commander of the Army Reserve Cyber Operations Group, overseeing the standup of 10 Army Cyber Protection Teams.  Additionally, Scott serves as the National Cyber Exchange volunteer Director of a national 6 State Regional Information Sharing and Threat Analysis initiative.  

Scott is a graduate of the Army War College, University of Montana and currently pursuing a second Masters in Infrastructure Protection Management at the University of Washington.  
Thomas Hyslip, ScD
Resident Agent in Charge of Department of Defense
Defense Criminal Investigative Services, Cyber Field Office, Eastern Resident Agency

Dr. Thomas Hyslip is currently the Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Cyber Field Office, Eastern Resident Agency.  Prior to joining the DCIS in 2007, Dr. Hyslip was a Special Agent with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Secret Service.  Throughout his 19 years of federal law enforcement, Dr. Hyslip has specialized in cybercrime investigations and computer forensics.  Dr. Hyslip has testified as an expert witness on computer forensics and network intrusions at numerous federal, state, and local courts. 

Dr. Hyslip is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and is currently assigned as the senior Army Reserve Officer to the U.S. Army, Office of the Surgeon General, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  COL Hyslip has a mix of active duty and reserve assignments spanning over 20 years including assignments with the US African Command, Office of Inspector General, the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, and the US Army Reserve Information Operations Command.  In 2005 COL Hyslip deployed to Iraq with the 306th Military Police Battalion and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge.

Dr. Hyslip is currently an adjunct faculty member at Norwich University.  He has authored three books in the Bit Wars Series on Cybercrime and Hacking, as well as written numerous articles and presentations. Dr. Hyslip received his Doctor of Science degree in Information Assurance from Capitol College in 2014.  He previously obtained a Master of Science degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University.  Dr. Hyslip is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH).
William A. Yurek, J.D., CCIPS, CCI
Director, Cyber Intrusion Investigations at Defense Criminal Investigative Service

William A. Yurek is Director of Cyber Intrusion Investigations at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and is the DCIS liaison to the National Cyber Investigations Joint Task Force, International Cyber Crime Center, and other national task forces and centers.  Prior to this position, Mr. Yurek was a Senior Counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.  Before that, Mr. Yurek was a Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  While at the SEC, Mr. Yurek conducted the first investigation and prosecution of an internet stock manipulation scheme in SEC history. 

Mr. Yurek was a Team Leader and Investigator for the US House of Representatives Select Committee on National Security and the Peoples Republic of China.  He was a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Central District of California, the Southern District of Florida and the District of Columbia.  Mr. Yurek also served as Counsel and Deputy Director of the Washington DC area Joint Cyber Task Force.
William Clements, Ph.D.
Vice President & Dean, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University

William “Bill” Clements, PhD, wears several hats at Norwich University. In addition to serving as Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), he is the College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor in the undergraduate criminal justice program. Prior to becoming Dean in 2005, he was the founding director of the Master of Justice Administration program and the executive director of the Vermont Center for Justice Research, an institutional research partner of Norwich University

Dean Clements began his Norwich career in 1987 as a criminal justice professor and was among the first Norwich professors to integrate online instruction and web-based resources into his teaching. In 1999, he piloted a mobile computing initiative with undergraduate criminal justice majors and was subsequently involved in developing the online graduate program model, which today serves several thousand students across 12 master’s degree programs, six bachelor’s degree completion program, and a variety of certificate and enrichment programs.

Dean Clements is the former president of both the Northeast Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Justice Research and Statistics Association. He currently serves as co-editor of Justice Research and Policy and most recently completed a term as an appointed delegate to the JRSA executive committee. He received his BS from Clarkson University and his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Delaware
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