CIA Security Director To Speak at 2-Day Forum Examining National Security

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Eighth Annual Embry-Riddle National Security & Intelligence Symposium focuses on “Cyber Threats in the 21st Century.”

CIA Director of Security Mary Rose McCaffrey will join representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Cyber Command and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to discuss evolving cyber threats to national security as part of the Eighth Annual National Security & Intelligence Symposium on Oct. 25-26 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus.

Forums and presentations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 9 noon Oct. 26. All are open to the public.

“The cyber threat to the critical infrastructure of the United States is very real and escalating with our increasing dependence on cyber technology to support our social, economic and military well-being,” said Professor Robert W. Baker, Chairman of the Global Security and Intelligence Studies Program at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus. “President Obama recently highlighted this threat by designating October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Our symposium will offer experts in cyber security the opportunity to exchange information and increase public awareness of this new and growing threat.”

McCaffrey’s keynote speech titled “National Security Challenges in the 21st Century” will highlight the need to recognize this growing threat and expand on the symposium’s “Cyber Threats in the 21st Century” theme. Other confirmed speakers include Lisa Van Slyke and Paul Schaaf of the FBI, Arizona InfraGard President Frank J. Grimmelmann and Embry-Riddle’s Richard Finston on “The Threat Landscape” and Dr. Paul Hriljac on “Future Innovations in Computer Security.”

Other topics of discussion will include national security and defense, protection of critical national infrastructure, counterintelligence and the inside threat in the cyber age, cybercrime and terrorism and future threat mitigation strategies for the 21st century.

“To have a symposium of this timely significance and relevance at the Prescott campus is why we lead the country in educating, training and preparing students for careers in Global Security and Intelligence Studies,” said Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus. “Not only will this provide insight and knowledge for our students, but for the community and nation as a whole.”

The symposium also includes an Educator’s Workshop Oct. 25 beginning at 8 a.m. that explores careers and opportunities in Cyber Security, Government Security and Intelligence. There will be a tour of the Global Security Operations Building, participation in security and intelligence exercises, exploration of UAV applications and forensic science as well as scholarship and admissions information available.

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