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.

Watch most of CB 2021 on our YouTube channel here and read the Defense.gov article (National Cyber Director Unveils New Approach at Cyber War College Conference) here.

Agenda

Thursday 9 December 2021

 

09:00-09:05: Administrative Remarks

 

Master of Ceremonies

 

  

Lieutenant Colonel Perry Alexander

Instructor at CIC

 

09:05-09:15: Welcoming Remarks

 

Lieutenant General Michael Plehn

President of NDU

 

09:15-09:30: Opening Remarks

 

Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis

Interim Chancellor of CIC

 

09:30-11:00: Cyber Implications of COVID-19 (Panel)

 

Panel Moderator:

 

Michael Brody, JD

Department of Homeland Security Visiting Chair and Department Chair at CIC

 

Panelists: 

 

 

Dana Hall

Regional Administrator for the US Department of Health and Human Services

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Tom Millar

Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Vulnerability Management at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

 

Mark Montgomery 

Executive Director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission

 

11:00-11:15: Break

 

11:15-11:45: Morning Keynote

 

Dr. Kelly Fletcher

Performing the Duties of the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense

 

Moderator:

 

Harry Wingo, JD

Assistant Professor at CIC and CIO LDP Lead

 

11:45-12:30: Afternoon Keynote

 

Chris Inglis

National Cyber Director

 

Moderator:

 

Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis

Interim Chancellor of CIC

 

12:30-14:00: The Pandemic and the Information Environment (Panel)

 

Panel Moderator

 

Dr. Gwyneth Sutherlin

Assistant Professor at CIC

 

Panelists:

 

Amy Sitze

Senior Plans Analyst at the Joint Military Information Support Ops. Web Ops. Center

 

Dr. David Perlman

Data Scientist at Leviathan Security Group

 

Andrea Brennen

VP for Design and Visualization at In-Q-Tel

 

 

14:00: Closing Remarks