Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Summit


“In the Crosshairs: When You’re the Target of Nation-State Cyberattacks”

How does a leader respond when the shot can’t be heard and the assailant can’t be seen? Today’s cyberwarfare led by nation-state actors threatens economic continuity and global transactions, traditional diplomacy, international norms, customers and personal freedom. Cybersecurity demands a new framework.

The 2018 Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Summit, featuring the Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum, provides an in-depth examination of nation-state cyberthreats, the new responses needed now by business and political leaders, with new models and policies that can be part of the solution.

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Join us Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center.

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Registration opens in August 2018.

Who Should Attend?

  • Organizational leaders
  • Lawmakers
  • C-suite executives
  • Information security tacticians

Gain a foothold at this day-long Summit about cybersecurity policy, technology solutions and how the two must be integrated into one strategy for organizations to succeed -- featuring research results throughout the day by Georgia Tech and its national collaborators.


Meet experts with insight from technology giants, industry leaders, national defense and policy. Examine research by faculty and students from Georgia Tech's cybersecurity labs.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.    Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.    Keynote
Featuring Andy Ozment, Goldman Sachs

Andy Ozment is Goldman Sachs’ chief information security officer (CISO). Previously, he served as assistant secretary for cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ozment led the billion-dollar organization to protect the government against cyberattacks and help the private sector protect itself. He also spent four years at the White House, where he served as President Obama’s senior director for cybersecurity policy. In that role, he led the development of multiple executive orders and the creation of the now widely adopted NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Previously, Ozment served in cybersecurity and technical roles with the Department of Defense, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, Merrill Lynch, and Nortel Networks.

He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. While studying in the U.K. on a Marshall Scholarship, he also earned an M.S. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Panel Discussion
“The Elephant in the Room: Cyberwarfare is War on the Economy and the Nation”

Has it been five years, two years or more? When it began might be debatable, but what’s not is that cyberwarfare between nation states is underway and causing havoc on our economy, consumers, and national discourse. Citizens depend upon their government for national defense, economic continuity, and important freedoms. Yet, cyberwarfare continues to be cheap to perform and hard to defend, with astonishingly light criminal consequences. Few leaders – elected, appointed or hired – have been able to turn the tide on this war. What is the right course of action now for governments and policymakers? What can national leaders in the policy, intelligence and technology communities teach the civilian sector?


Annie Antón, (Moderator) associate director of privacy engineering, Institute for Information Security & Privacy; professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

Michèle Flournoy, co-founder and managing partner, WestExec Advisors; former undersecretary of defense policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Rick Ledgett, advisor, fellow, and trustee; former deputy director, National Security Agency

Michael Morell, advisor and author; chairman of the National Security Task Force, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; former acting director and deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency

Niloofar Razi Howe, technology investor, executive and entrepreneur; recently chief strategy officer and senior vice president of strategy and operations, RSA



(From L to R:) Annie Antón, Georgia Tech; Michèle Flournoy, WestExec Advisors; Rick Ledgett, formerly NSA; Michael Morell, formerly CIA; Niloofar Razi Howe, recently RSA


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Complimentary Lunch, sponsored by Bank of America


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.    Panel Discussion
“Who’s Wearing Your Flak Jacket? Corporate Defense for Nation-State Attacks”

What would your company do if attacked by a nation state? Cybersecurity is no longer just a computer programmer’s problem. Today, prevention and response require attention at every layer of the organization. Businesses can best defend themselves by deeply integrating technical teams with legal experts who understand the current international policy landscape. Learn how the risk profile has changed for companies and what models exist to blend experts from across the organization into a true legion of cyberdefenders.


Adm. Sandy Winnefeld (Ret.), (Moderator), distinguished professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Heather Adkins, director of information security & privacy, Google

David Kris, founder, Culper Partners LLC; former assistant attorney general for national security, U.S. Department of Justice; former deputy general counsel, chief ethics and compliance officer, Time Warner Inc.

Tony Scott, former chief information officer, U.S. Government, VMware, Walt Disney Company; former chief technology officer, General Motors Information Systems & Services



(From L to R:) Adm. Sandy Winnefeld (Ret.), distinguished professor, Georgia Tech; David Kris, founder, Culper Partners LLC; Tony Scott, former CIO and CTO


3:00 - 3:45 p.m.    Networking & Student Research Demo Day

Meet Georgia Tech students and examine their current research. Hear pitches from students who want to take ideas to market.


3:45 - 4:45 p.m.    Breakout Sessions (3)

Choose one of three, concurrent sessions hosted by Georgia Tech faculty with top CISOs and cybersecurity thought leaders... More to be announced.


AI & Machine Learning: “The Essentials of Cybersecurity for AI and Machine Learning”
Dr. Wenke Lee of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy probes how machine learning algorithms can be vulnerable to attack, and the new considerations for CISOs, network administrators, and frontline responders. Including research from the Intel Science & Technology Center for Adversary-Resilient Security Analytics (ISTC-ARSA) at Georgia Tech, insight from the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) and global entertainment leader Turner Broadcasting.

FinTech: "Cybersecurity Risk in Financial Services and FinTech”
Dr. Sudheer Chava of the Scheller College of Business, with financial and compliance leaders such as Jerry Perullo of the Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., reviews the risks impacting aspects of the financial industry and FinTech -- cybersecurity threats, regulatory implications, blockchain as both disruptor and enabler, and more.

Smart Cities: “The Security of Smart Cities under Nation-State Threats”
Dr. Margaret Loper of the Georgia Tech Research Institute asks, can companies and communities trust machines to make automated decisions in future smart cities? This breakout session will focus on the critical risk factors that need to be assessed as smart cities and vendors prepare for evolving risks.

Speakers include...


(From L to R, top row:) Prof. Sudheer Chava, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech; Pete Chronis, senior vice president and chief information security officer, Turner; Prof. Wenke Lee, School of Computer Science, Georgia Tech; Patrick Gaul, executive director, National Technology Security Coalition.

(From L to R, bottom row:) Peter Allor, senior director and chief product security officer, Honeywell International; Todd S. McClelland, partner, Jones Day; Margaret Loper, principal research scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute; Jerry Perullo, chief information security officer, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

...and more to be announced!


4:45 - 5:00 p.m.    Closing Remarks


5:00 - 7:00 p.m.    VIP Mixer: "Cyber Innovation in Georgia"



The 2018 Summit-Forum is organized by Conference Chairman Peter Swire.
Swire has been a privacy and cyberlaw scholar and practitioner since the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s. He served under two White House Administrations in this capacity, and today he is the associate director of Policy for the Institute for Information Security & Privacy. At Georgia Tech, he also serves as the Elizabeth and Tommy Holder Chair at the Scheller College of Business, with additional appointments to the College of Computing and School of Public Policy. He is senior counsel with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP.



Highlights from 2017


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Captions (from upper left): 1.) Stewart Baker, attorney and first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, delivered the keynote address. 2.) Bo Rotoloni, the outgoing co-director at the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, received an award of honor from Executive Vice President of Research Stephen Cross. 3.) Peter Swire, professor and associate director of policy at Georgia Tech, explained why cross-border data sharing could help prevent law enforcement backdoors into personal devices. 4.) Cybersecurity short courses by Georgia Tech were open for registration at the 2017 Summit. 5.) Ph.D. Student Stacey Truex shared her research. 6.) Students from business, public policy, electrical engineering, and computer science programs were invited to display research at the Summit. 7.) Associate Director of Trust Margaret Loper attended with an interest in the security of machine-to-machine communications and IoT devices. 8.) Baker explained why he believes 2017 will be remembered as a turning point in the quest for better cyber attribution. 9.) More than 300 guests examined student research and voted on which projects they'd most like to see commercialized. 10.) Assistant Professor Manos Antonakakis revealed early insights from a $17-million project for the U.S. Department of Defense. 11.) Ph.D. Student Panagiotis Kintis discussed a multi-year examination of "combosquatting," or malicious domain-name abuse. 12.)  Ph.D. Candidate Chaz Lever shared how the network layer can reveal early clues that a malware infection or cyberattack is coming.