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Cyber Beacon

Cyber Beacon

Cyber Beacon is the annual flagship conference of the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at National Defense University (NDU). The event brings together leaders and experts from across public and private sector to discuss today's most pressing national security challenges related to the cyberspace domain. 

2021 Annual Symposium

Hopper Award Presentation 

The Admiral Grace Hopper Award is presented annually by the Chancellor of the CIC at NDU. It recognizes distinguished individuals who are both thought leaders advancing the fields of information and cyberspace in the national security community, as well as those who have a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in support of a strong workforce. 

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Chancellor's Speaker Series

The Chancellor's Speaker Series features talks by world-class thought-leaders and is hosted by the Interim Chancellor of the NDU CIC, Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis.

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Cyber PME Colloquium 

The Department of Defense wide Cyber Professional Military Education (PME) Consortium was established in 2019 and is led by the CIC at NDU. It meets biannually in a workshop format; once a year hosted at NDU and once a year at a rotating Department of Defense institution of higher learning. 


Events

Chancellor Speaker Series | February 2023

The Chancellor's Speaker Series 2023

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Estonia Visit  on October 19, 2022. Marshall Hall

Chancellor Speaker Series | 19 October 2022

The Chancellor's Speaker Series 2022

Minister of Defense of Estonia

The College of Information and Cyberspace Chancellor Dr. Cassandra Lewis hosted the Estonian Minister of Defense, Hanno Pevkur, to share his insights as a guest lecturer. It was a great honor for the school to welcome him and the entire delegation, which included Ambassador Kristjan Prikk.  Special thanks to faculty members like Richard A. Love for making this a memorable learning opportunity for our students! 

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Cyber Symposium 2022

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CYBERCOM Symposium, 17 November 2022.

On 17 November 2022, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Defense University (NDU) College of

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DoD UC2 event flyer

| November 16th, 2022

DoD UC2 Workshop Hosted by CIC.

In June 2022, the Department of Defense University Consortium for Cybersecurity (DoD-UC2)

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Cyber Beacon 2022

| October 6, 2022

2022 Cyber Beacon Conference Hosted by CIC.

National Defense University, Ft McNair, Washington D.C

Our 2022 Cyber Beacon will be held on October 6, 2022 starting at 0700 as an in-person event only.

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UC2 | 28 April 2022

DoD UC2 Workshop

On April 28, 2022, the DoD University Consortium for Cybersecurity Coordination Center (UC4) at the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC) hosted the first UC2 Workshop. The physical location of the event was the Lincoln Hall Auditorium (Room #1230) on the first floor of Lincoln Hall at Fort McNair. Attendees included high-level Department of Defense officials and staff members, the NDU CIC Chancellor, the NDU CIC UC4 team, and presenters from seven universities with a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation.

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CIO-LDP Graduation 2022

| 4th Thursday of the Month

Admissions are Open! Monthly Virtual Open House 4th Thursday of the Month

CIC Office of Student Services

The College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) will begin hosting a monthly student recruitment information session online beginning on April 28th at 1300 EST. These interactive sessions will feature information about the school and its programs by representatives like the CIC Director of Student Services Nakia Logan and Director of Strategic Engagement Joe Billingsley. Access instructions and more can be found on the attached flyer.

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Colonel Eberhardt Retirement Ceremony

| 12 April, 2022

Colonel Eberhardt Retirement Ceremony

Congratulation to Colonel Eberhardt on his retirement from the Air Force! The CIC family thanks you for your service to the College and wishes you the best of luck on your next adventures!

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UC2 | 11 March 2022

UC2 Advisory Council

The UC4 team hosted the initial meeting of the UC2 Advisory Council via Microsoft Teams. The council’s goals include attracting a wide scope of input on future RFI topics, judging the responses to the RFIs, and soliciting support, including funding for research or grants, from DoD agencies. Members of the council will also have a role at UC2 presentation workshops, where they will solicit the best ideas from the academic community, and determine which proposals are the most beneficial to their agencies.

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JPME Cyber Colloquium 2022

Cyber Colloquium | 11th March, 2022

JPME Cyber Colloquium 2022

Gary Brown

College of information and Cyberspace hosted this virtual event to collaborate with other services and federal organization’s faculty on the identification of gaps, opportunities, and obstacles in current PME structure (with regard to cyber) and cyber offerings. Following the welcome from Chancellor Cassandra Lewis and Associate Dean Gary Brown, a variety of different organization’s faculty presented their programs and current obstacles. Followed by a roundtable discussion on similar reoccurring topics and collaboration.

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UC2 | 24-25 February 2022

UC2 RFI Collection and Evaluation

NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence Program Management Office

As part of the UC2’s RFI collection and evaluation process, a panel of judges was selected to assess the best responses using a rubric developed by the NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence Program Management Office. Members of this office trained the judges on best practices and incorporation of the rubric to guide evaluations during two webinars hosted by the UC4 team. At the end of both sessions, there was a Q&A period.

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Jennifer Easterly

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Jen Easterly, Director of CISA, is our 2022 Admiral Grace Hopper Award Recipient

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. Ms. Easterly has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency. 

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Cyber Beacon 2021

Cyber Beacon | 9th of December 2021

Cyber Beacon 2021

The Impacts of a Global Pandemic

On 9 December 2021, the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) hosted its 8th annual Cyber Beacon Conference (CB 2021). Our College's annual flagship conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing issues concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. You can find links to past conferences on our site under the "events" dropdown tab. The 2021 conference theme was "The Impacts of a Global Pandemic". CB 2021 was held on Thursday the 9th of December 2021 from 9 AM to 2 PM (US eastern time). Due to the ongoing global pandemic, this event was held online. Comments are those of the respective speaker and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the US government or any other entity

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UC2 | 7 December 2021

UC2 Kickoff Event

The UC4 team at the NDU CIC hosted the inaugural UC2 Kickoff Event. The physical location of the event was the Hill Conference Room (Room #303) on the third floor of Roosevelt Hall at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Attendees included members of the Joint Staff J6, the NSA, USCYBERCOM, high-level DoD officials and staff members, a Congressional staff member, the NDU CIC Chancellor, the UC4 Director, and the Director of the UC2 Support Center. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)).

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Chancellor Speaker Series | 17th of November, 2021

The Chancellor's Speaker Series 2021

Jonathan Rauch

The Chancellor's Speaker Series features talks by world-class thought-leaders and is hosted by the Interim Chancellor of the National Defense University (NDU) College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC), Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis. Our upcoming speaker, Jonathan Rauch (author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution), is scheduled for Wednesday the 17th of November, 2021, from 9 to 10:15 am eastern. The talk is entitled Staying Real: The War on Truth and How to Win It, and will be followed by a question and answer session. This event will be held in the Marshall Hall 155 Conference Room and streamed online. It is open to all CIC students, faculty, and staff. Access instructions will be provided to those who RSVP. RSVP information will be provided to all applicable CIC personnel via email.

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Cyber Beacon 2020

Cyber Beacon | 3 December 2020

Cyber Beacon 2020

Disruption in an Era of Great Power Competition: Pandemic, Infodemic, Space, Cyberspace, and Beyond

Cyber Beacon 2020 is the 7th annual flagship conference of  the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at National Defense University (NDU), "Our Nation's Cyber War College".The conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing problems concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. This conference will take place online starting on 08:00-16:30 (eastern) on Thursday 3 December 2020. The Speakers are strategic and thought leaders at the intersection of cyberspace and national security, with hundreds of selected USG and other guests in the field in attendance.

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Cyber Beacon 2019

Cyber Beacon | 13-14 November 2019

Cyber Beacon 2019

Preparing for Disruption

Cyber Beacon is the flagship event of the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC). The conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing problems concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. The 2020 conference is scheduled for 9-10 September. The 2019 conference theme was "preparing for disruption" and there were seven sessions; terrorism and cyberspace, information and disinformation, cyber education, quantum, artificial intelligence, 5G, and the cutting edge. It was held 13-14 November 2019 at the NDU campus on Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Attendance was by invitation only and space limited. While the conference was unclassified, there were optional classified breakout sessions during lunch with led by National Security Council personnel. Information about past Cyber Beacon conferences can be found on this site

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Cyber Beacon 2018

Cyber Beacon | 19th September 2018

Cyber Beacon 2018

Decision Making in Cyberspace

Cyber Beacon is the flagship event of the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC). The conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing problems concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. The 2018 conference theme was "decision making in cyberspace" and there were six sessions; deterrence, law and authorities, gaming, innovative collaboration, information and disinformation, and cyberspace graduate education. Cyber Beacon V was held on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2018 at the NDU campus on Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Attendance was by invitation only, there was no cost to attend the event, and space was limited. While the conference was unclassified, there were optional classified breakout sessions during lunch. The NDU Foundation supported this conference with catering, reception, and industry information tables. Seating was not assigned, so attendees were encouraged to sit at separate tables from those in their home organizations in order to meet a wider array of fellow professionals in this growing community. Photos from Cyber Beacon IV can be viewed here and from Cyber Beacon V here. See an article about the 2018 Cyber Beacon here. Parking and transportation information can be found here. Check back here for updates about the next Cyber Beacon on 11-12 September 2019.

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