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Mason Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Completes Successful 2017-2018 – Looking Forward to 2018-2019

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With speakers from as far as Japan and from cyber start-ups, government and universities and audiences from across the Washington region, the Mason Cybersecurity Innovation Forum completed its fifth year in April.

Sponsored by the Volgenau School of Engineering’s Center for Assurance and Research & Engineering (CARE) and the School of Business, the Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series is for professionals looking to discover the newest innovations in cybersecurity. Held quarterly, the 2-hour Forums consists of a series of 15-20 minute case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Professor, J.P. Auffret, Director, Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative, School of Business; and Associate Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, School of Engineering (CARE) and President of International Academy of CIO. The focus of the events are on cybersecurity innovation including innovation rationale and motivation, technology, metrics and lessons learned. The Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Group on Meetup has nearly 3,000 members.

Chet Hosmer, Founder, Python Forensics and a second time speaker traveled up from his offices in South Carolina and gave a talk on an innovative sensor systems from identifying anomalous network traffic in industrial systems such as chemical plants.

Beverly Allen, Host of Practical Security at Arlington Independent Media ( and WERA 96.7) added “Nothing we’re doing now on the national level suggests that we’re taking Cybersecurity as seriously as we should. We need a focused, sustained national initiative for public Cybersecurity education and awareness. Much like we had with Smokey the Bear in preventing forest fires; or NHTSA’s “Buckle-up” campaign promoting seat belt use to increase survival rates in motor vehicle accidents (who can forget those crash test dummies?); or the current concerted effort combining TV, radio and other high-visibility resources to combat the opioid epidemic.”

Other 2017-2018 speakers included:

  • Brian Christos, CEO, Head of Product, Active Canopy
  • Duncan Sparrell, sFractal Consulting, LLC
  • Mohamoud Jibrell, Chief Executive Officer, and Candan Bolukabas, Chief Information Officer, NormShield
  • Tosho Obi, President, APEC e-Government Research Center; Chair, National e-Government Promotion Council of Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Professor and Director of Waseda University Institute of e-Government and President of International Academy of CIO
  • Naoko Iwasaki, Professor, Institute of e-Government, Waseda University and President International Academy of CIO, Japan Chapter
  • Georgia Weidman, Founder of Bulb Security
  • Dmitry Dain, Co-founder, Virgil Security
  • Kevin McGrail, Apache

The first 2018-2019 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum is slated for October. Sign up on Meetup here to receive updates.

For a full listing of previous speakers spanning the last 5 years, please go here.

To view presentations from our Forums, please go to: