Virginia Tech NSEP/IC CAE Colloquium

The annual National Security Education Program Colloquium is the highlight of our educational programs. It allows students from across the university to interact with leaders from the intelligence and national security community and includes a student research poster session, panels featuring government and industry speakers, networking sessions, and a keynote address by General Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency. The theme for 2018 is Human Centered Aspects of Integrated Security.

2018 SAIC Integrated Security Colloquium

Hosted by: The VT Integrated Security Destination Area and
the Hume Center for National Security and Technology

Theme: Human-Centered Aspects of Integrated Security

April 18, 2018The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA



The 2018 ISDA/Hume Center Colloquium is April 18, 2018 at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Online registration is now closed. On-site registration will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on April 18th outside the Latham Ballroom at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

Agenda - April 18, 2018

Theme: Human Centered Aspects of Integrated Security

(Download full Colloquium program here)

9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.  Welcome
Hume Center Faculty

9:15 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. Industry Panel- How do you protect both your data and your people?

Dr. Ramin Baseri, CACI 

Paul Welch, SAIC
Steven Stone, MITRE
Alex Briceño, CACI

10:15 A.M. - 10:35 A.M.  Hume Center Academic Affiliates Program Student Team Presentation

10:35 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.  Networking Break and Refreshments

11:00 A.M. - 12 Noon Integrated Security Destination Area Panel Session
Ms. Caroline Frampton, SAIC

David Simpson, RADM (ret.), Pamplin School of Business
Sonja D. Schmid, Ph.D., Department of Science, Technology and Society
Daphne Yao, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science
Aaron F. Brantly, Ph.D., Department of Political Science

12 Noon - 12:30 P.M.  Integrated Security Destination Area Student Presentations (2)

12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. Lunch

1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. Government Panel Session
Major General Randal D. Fullhart (Ret.), Commandant of Cadets

Roni M., Department of Defense
Michael M., National Security Agency
Dana M., Central Intelligence Agency
Matt L., Federal Bureau of Investigation
Jesse S., Federal Bureau of Investigation

2:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M. Networking Break

2:45 P.M. - 3:25 P.M. Hume Center Academic Affiliates Program Student Team Presentations (2)

3:25 P.M. - 3:40 P.M. Integrated Security Education and Research Center (ISERC) Overview
ISERC Interim Director Patrick Huber

3:40 P.M. - 3:50 P.M. Concluding Remarks
Hume Center Faculty

4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Student Poster Session and Reception

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Keynote: General Keith Alexander (Former Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command)

About the Keynote Speaker

GEN Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.)
Alexander_Keith_ORIGINALAt IronNet Cybersecurity, as the CEO and President, General (Ret) Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting-edge technology, consulting and education/training. He is reinventing how industries mitigate cybersecurity threats with IronDefense, a patented solution designed to detect and alert on anomalous enterprise network behaviors through fine-tuned analytics. His goal is to bridge communication systems between private and government sectors to create the next level of intelligence sharing and protect the nation against cyber threats on a global stage.

General Alexander is a four-star general with an impressive 40-year military career, culminating in role of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005- 2014. He holds the distinction of serving in this role longer than any other director. While serving as the NSA Director, he was appointed by Congress to be the first Commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). He held this role from 2010- 2014, establishing and defining how our nation is protected against cyber attacks.

As Commander, USCYBERCOM, General Alexander was responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting operations, and defending Department of Defense (DoD) computer networks—as well as the defense of the nation—from cyber threats. As the Director of NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and the protection of U.S. national security information systems.

Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA; and the Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL., and the Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Serving as a member of the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, General Alexander developed key recommendations to create a defensible national cyber architecture to protect national security by promoting rapid innovation and close public-private collaboration while preserving privacy and civil liberties.

General Alexander is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy (USMA) Distinguished Graduate Award. He holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, as well an MS in Business Administration from Boston University; an MS in Systems Technology and an MS in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School; and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

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