June 9, 2011 defpro.com
WASHINGTON | The Pentagon held its first formal cyber strategy last week, one of the first steps towards developing a more formalized approach to cyber attacks, which have been increasing in number and severity in the past few years. In 2008, at least one U.S. military computer system was penetrated. In 2009, the Stuxnet virus originates and is eventually responsible for crippling Iran’s nuclear programs in 2010. Recently, a major military contractor, Lockheed Martin, admitted that its company’s computer system was also breached. Though Lockheed Martin is downplaying the infiltration, it was another clear sign that we are in a new era of warfare.
“It’s time to prepare for tomorrow’s fight, today,” says Nicole Bacani, Program Director for IDGA’s Cyber Warfare & Security Summit, in Washington, DC, June 27-29, 2011. “Defending against and defeating cyber attacks requires combined efforts by both public and private sectors working to develop new technologies and approaches for maintaining real-time protection of their individual networks,” says Bacani.
The Cyber Warfare & Security Summit will discuss emerging DoD-wide doctrine and policies for operational warfare in cyberspace, while also exploring the distinct approach of each Military Service towards building and supporting offensive and defensive information warfare systems at tactical, operational and strategic levels. Additionally, the summit will help to coordinate cooperative efforts and emerging technologies for securing critical national, government and private infrastructure.
The Cyber Warfare & Security Summit features some of the top experts in the field of cyber warfare & security including:
• Rear Admiral Michael A. Brown, Director, Cybersecurity Coordination, DHS
• COL Jeffery R. Schilling, USA, Chief, Current Ops, ARCYBER/NETCOM
• Mr. Steven R. Chabinsky, Deputy Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division
• Mr. John Streufert, Chief Information Security Officer, DCIO, US Department of State
IDGA’s Cyber Warfare & Security Summit takes place June 27-29, 2011, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. To learn more about IDGA’s Cyber Warfare & Security Summit please visit www.cyberwarfareevent.com.