Cyber Operations for National Defense Summit

Achieving and Maintaining US Superiority in Cyberspace


Alexandria, VA, United States

The ability to operate freely in the cyber domain is of critical importance to the United States. Our 6th annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Summit will address the internet and internet-enabled technologies and how they enable much of our communications, economic activities, and military capabilities. This reliance on cyberspace makes it an attractive target to malicious actors wishing to harm the United States. Our defense community has always maintained a basic level of cyber security - protecting networks and computers from unauthorized access and attack - but the current threat landscape of great-power competition has necessitated a shift towards offensive cyber operations. These operations are deployed in the same manner as traditional operations, often falling beneath the threshold of war, and are carried out by cyber-specific entities like the Cyber Mission Force.

Topics for this Year's Symposium Include:

  • Achieving and Maintaining Cyberspace Superiority at USCYBERCOM
  • Defending Forward to Disrupt and Degrade Malicious Cyber Activity
  • Coordinating Cybersecurity Standards, Policies, and Procedures at the DoD CIO
  • Operationalizing Foreign and Domestic Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity
  • Protecting DoD Systems from Hostile Exploitation and Attack
  • Leveraging Cyberspace Policy and Strategy to Ensure National Security
  • Protecting Critical US Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

The expansion of the global Cyber Domain has enabled technological advancements and enhanced the capabilities of the Federal Government, the DoD, and the American private sector. However, our reliance on the Cyber Domain leaves us vulnerable to attacks perpetrated by hostile state actors, terrorist groups, and cybercriminals who exploit weaknesses in our systems to interfere with and degrade our defense and commercial networks and critical infrastructure. These cyber intrusions threaten the ability of the US government and military to operate effectively and will become increasingly important to address as our dependence on the Cyber Domain grows.

To effectively combat our adversaries and maintain our cyber superiority and freedom of action in the Cyber Domain, the Government has made significant investments in updating its networks and capabilities. Additionally, the signing of a new Presidential Memorandum has provided USCYBERCOM with new cyber authorities that allow for increased offensive cyber operations that will disrupt and deter adversarial activities.
 
Our 6th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in US offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, changes in policy that allow for greater freedom of action in the cyber domain, and the most pressing cyber threats facing our nation. This year's Symposium will foster conversation between relevant stakeholders from the community to discuss how to meet and overcome evolving cyber threats and ensure continued US dominance in cyberspace.

2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Gen James "Mike" Holmes, USAF, Commander, Air Combat Command
  • Maj Gen Burke "Ed" Wilson, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Assistant Secretary of , Defense for Cyber Policy

Venue

Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

Parking:
There is no parking at the Learning Center for delegates, and street parking is limited to 2 hours
Please Note: Parking is NO LONGER AVAILABLE at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel (901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)

Hotel Rooms:
Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at:
SHERATON SUITES OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotel Discount Reservation Link
(Two walking blocks to venue)