COLLEGE PARK, Md. – What if cybersecurity were addressed as a public health concern, with strict protocols required comparable to childhood vaccinations? Is it ethically and technically feasible for local governments and corporations to launch preemptive cyberattacks against hackers? Just how safe are those "trusted certificates" we rely upon almost daily for online banking and other important web-based transactions?
These topics, and more, are up for discussion at a major cybersecurity symposium to be held next month at the University of Maryland. The two-day event, May 14 and 15 at the College Park campus, features keynote speakers from academia, the private sector and the federal government. These experts will offer forward-looking—and possibly provocative—views on the policies, technology and human behaviors needed to combat the ever-evolving threats posed by hackers and cyberthieves.
"These are thought-provoking topics that we fully expect to stimulate interesting dialogue among our symposium participants," says Michael Hicks, director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), which is coordinating the annual event.
Research faculty from MC2, part of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, will also be on hand for a series of tutorials and workshops. They will discuss the latest developments and technology related to privacy in social media, security forensics, protocols for secure cloud computation and communication, supply chain security, reverse engineering and program analysis, and more.
"Anyone wanting to understand the latest trends and solutions in cybersecurity—students, business leaders, policymakers and scientists—will benefit from these sessions," says Eric Chapman, associate director of MC2.
Several corporate partners of MC2, including Tenable Network Security, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SAIC and Google, are sponsoring the event.
Keynote speakers are:
For more information or to register, go to www.cyber.umd.edu/events/symposium.
April 26, 2013