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Cyber Characters to Bring Colorful Synergy to Cyber Security Summit
Mayor Battle's Cyber Huntsville attracts entrepreneurs and new ideas in global technologies


City of Huntsville For Immediate Release
May 24, 2012

(Huntsville, AL) - Cyber Huntsville is flexing its entrepreneurial muscle and participants are on the hunt for superior technology. Formed by Mayor Battle in 2009, this Huntsville coalition of savvy cyber visionaries is taking innovation to new levels.

"I continue to be impressed at the depth of cyber work occurring here in Huntsville," said Mayor Battle. "In two weeks at the Cyber Security Summit, everyone will have the chance to learn more about the technological forces that are shaping and challenging us. Whether you are a fellow entrepreneur looking for an edge or an interested layperson curious to know more, this is an event not to be missed."

The 4th Annual North Alabama Cyber Security Summit will be held June 7 at the Von Braun Center. It will feature national cyber security experts, including Dr. Andy Ozment, Deputy to the Director for Cybersecurity at the White House, and Maj Gen (Ret) Richard Webber, Oak Ridge National Lab's cyber leader and first Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Cyber Command.

These powerful speakers will join Huntsville's own cast of "colorful cyber characters" in presenting timely and important discussions on security issues that affect everyone and everything from retail stores and corporations to armed forces and grandparents.

"We live in cyberspace, whether we know it or not, and our daily lives are dramatically impacted by technology," said Cyber Huntsville Board member, Jay Kurowsky. "Cyberspace is a scary place, and Huntsville boasts a host of cyber experts who look at the world a little differently than the average person, helping to make cyberspace a safer place."

Kurowsky points to Jeremy Conway, Managing Partner of SudoSecure, who is famous for his suspenseful and entertaining presentation titled "PDF: A Vector for Badness Incognito," which brilliantly exposes vulnerabilities in a widely used commercial software. At this year's Cyber Security Summit, Conway will present "Circumventing National Security with OSINT."

What's OSINT, and are we in danger? Kurowsky says to come to the Summit and find out.

Addressing threats and countermeasures for smart phones and other mobile devices at the Summit will be Ben McGee, Chief Scientist of Aleta Technologies, with his presentation, "The Storm is Coming: Mobile Security." McGee teaches cybersecurity classes part-time at the UAHuntsville and his credentials include the status of Certified Ethical Hacker. He is President of the North Alabama Chapter of Information Systems Security Association, one of the Summit's co-sponsors.

For those looking for heavy-duty cyber meatiness, the Summit's Technical track features Paul Coggins of Dynetics presenting "Own the Network Own the Data" and Jacob Noffke of Raytheon Pikewerks presenting "When the Box Isn't Dead: Live Memory Forensics."

In addition to presentations, the Summit's panel will feature Rob Goldsmith, arguably the premier Cybersecurity expert on Redstone Arsenal-perhaps soon to be one of the premier cyber practitioners in the Army, given the speed in which he is building his team of cyber warriors and attracting cyber work to Huntsville. Goldsmith's panel will address cyber efforts at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's Software Engineering Directorate.

"These are just a few of the interesting speakers and colorful Huntsville characters who will be joining us at the June 7 Summit," said Kurowsky. "Together, they comprise a small part of the Cybersecurity and Computer Network Operations talent pool coming from dozens and dozens of Huntsville companies and organizations."

Kurowsky credits Mayor Battle for establishing Cyber Huntsville. "This has allowed us to build synergy like nowhere else on the planet-synergy that is critical to solving the extremely complex challenges of cyber," he said.

Cyber Huntsville also works in partnership with the Chamber's Technology Committee to facilitate collaboration and innovation for the benefit of regional economic development and job creation through new products, services and markets around emerging technologies.

Proceeds from the Cyber Security Summit will benefit cyber scholarships. To register, or for more information, visit www.cyber-security-summit.org. Registration closes on June 2.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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