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16th Annual Cyber Security Symposium at UNC Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) will host its 16th annual Cyber Security Symposium on the UNC Charlotte campus on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, with a dedicated executive education program to follow on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Considered the premier security conference in the region, it will again address the latest issues surrounding cyber crime and what is being done globally to combat daily reports of cyber attacks. The highlight of this year’s event will be the keynote address by Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Burr is the co-sponsor of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Act of 2015, which was recently passed by the committee. The bill creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cyber security threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests. The bill also offers liability protection to the private sector, thus enhancing its ability to combat cyber attackers.

“I'm very honored that Senator Burr will be joining us this year,” says Bill Chu, Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems (SIS) at CCI. “This is just another example of how the symposium has grown over the years. We continue to draw attention to the urgency of dealing with cyber crimes. In addition to the Senator, we are again assembling a list of distinguished industry experts from around the country to talk about this on-going global threat. The symposium draws business and professional leaders from around the region and in 2014 sold out with over 600 attendees.”

In an October 3, 2014 press release declaring October Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Department of Homeland Security emphasized the magnitude of the challenge that faces the nation.

Thanks to technology, the world is more interconnected than ever before. Through the Internet, people across the globe can connect to each other and conduct more of their business and personal activities online. People can bank exclusively online, stay in touch with family and friends, control their homes and cars from their smartphones, and work remotely from almost anywhere. But with the convenience of the Internet also comes potential threats to our personal information and security.

Being online exposes us to cyber criminals and others who commit identity theft, fraud, and harassment. Every time we connect to the Internet — at home, at school, at work, or on our mobile devices — we make decisions that affect our cyber security. Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community to create a safer cyber environment — from government and law enforcement to the private sector and, most importantly, members of the public.

Each year the City of Charlotte also proclaims October, Cyber Security Awareness Month, in recognition of the Symposium.

The symposium will be held Wednesday, October 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cone University Center on the UNC Charlotte campus. CEU and CPE credits will be offered.

Individual and Special Association registration fees:

$115 – Individuals – until September 13, ($150 – Individuals – after September 13, 2015)

$115 – Special Association members (A list of the associations included under this registration type can be found on the registration site, under the Registration)

To register Click here from your desktop or mobile device. And do not forget to share with your social networks via #cyber_uncc.

If you would like more information or are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Olin Broadway (704-687-8638) or olinbroadway@uncc.edu.

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, and has been extended through 20121. The Information Assurance program has also been designated by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance “Education” since 2001. This designation has been extended as well through 2021. 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 CCI Center for Education Innovation. Active research awards currently total $20 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 28,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.

Those who register for the Cyber Security Symposium are entitled to a 25% discount for the October 15 Executive Education: Managing Cyber Security Risk: Protecting Your Company’s Assets, hosted by The Belk College of Business. More information at http://exec-ed.uncc.edu/cybersecurity


Media Contact: Clark G. Curtis, 704-687-7983, clarkcurtis@uncc.edu

Senator Burr’s Office: Rachel Hicks, Press Secretary, 202-228-1616, Rachel_Hicks@burr.senate.gov