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Cybersecurity workforce development to take center stage at Cybersecurity Symposium May 2 featuring national experts

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KINGSTON, R.I., April 17, 2013 – The popular Cybersecurity Symposium returns to the University of Rhode Island May 2 with a focus on workforce development and preparing the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. The slate of speakers includes prominent experts in the field of cybersecurity and digital forensics and the full Rhode Island Congressional delegation.

One of three keynote speakers will be Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn. Lieutenant Flynn, who graduated from URI in 1981, was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence and during his service he led the U.S intelligence effort in Afghanistan, bringing a different and updated approach to gathering intelligence. He became the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on July 24, 2012.

Also delivering keynote addresses will be the Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer Teresa M. Takai and Major General Suzanne M. Vautrinot, Commander of the 24th Air Force. Takai serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management/Information Technology and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs. Major General Vautrinot commands Air Forces Cyber and Air Force Network Operations, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. She directs the activities of three operational cyber wings.

URI President David M. Dooley will join R.I. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and R.I. Representatives James R. Langevin and David Cicillini at a symposium that will focus on the latest research, collaboration, and developments in cybersecurity.

“The speakers at this year's symposium include cybersecurity experts from the military and government, as well as from a wide range of business sectors,” said URI Associate Professor of Computer Science Lisa DiPippo, who is academic director of URI’s Cyber Security Program.

Panel discussions feature speakers from IBM, Google, Dell, CVS, Fidelity Investments, National Grid, and other business leaders. Panels will focus on the cyber challenges facing workforce development and the business and industry perspective on this workforce and economic development.

The symposium will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building on the Kingston campus.

An agenda with a complete list of panelists and speakers and links to additional information follows.

Center For Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building
May 2, 2013
8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
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10:00 a.m. MC: Peter Alfonso, Ph.D., Vice President, URI Research and Economic Development, University of Rhode Island
Welcome: David M. Dooley, Ph.D., President, University of Rhode Island
Opening Remarks: James Langevin, U.S. House of Representatives
Opening Remarks: Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senate
Remarks: Jack Reed, U.S. Senate
Remarks: David Cicilline, U.S. House of Representatives

10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

11:15 a.m. Cyber Challenges for Workforce Development
Introductions and facilitator: Lisa DiPippo, Ph.D., Professor, URI Department of Computer Science and Statistics
Francis S. Zaborowski, CyberPatriot, Director of Competition Operations
Johan Uvin, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education
Vic Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D., Professor, URI Department of Computer Science and Statistics - College Cyber Challenges
Panel Q&A Discussion

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Luncheon sponsored by Cox Business
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1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Teresa Takai, U.S. Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

2:00 p.m. Session 2: Business and Industry Perspective on Cyber Security Workforce and Economic Development
Introductions and facilitator: Paul Cofoni, former President and CEO, CACI International Inc.
Stephan Somogyi, Product Manager, Google
Marisa Viveros, Vice President, Cyber Security Innovation, IBM
Jeffery R. Schilling, CISM, Director, Incident Response, Dell SecureWorks
Kelly Prevett, Director, IT Security Operations, CVS Caremark
Scott Baron, Director, Digital Risk & Security Governance, NationalGrid
Mike West, Vice President, Cyber Investigations Fidelity Investments
Panel Q&A Discussion

3:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Major General Suzanne M. Vautrinot, Commander, 24th Air Force; and Commander, Air Forces Cyber; and Commander, Air Force Network Operations, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

4:00 p.m. Final Remarks: James Langevin, U.S. Congressman

Event Networking
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