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Cybersecurity Conference Features Live Cyber Competitions, Discussion of New and Emerging Cyber Threats

On Oct. 25, leading local and national experts will hold panels on protecting personal and other sensitive information.

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2016) - The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) at USF will bring together some of the top minds in the industry from around the nation and the Tampa Bay region for a conference on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Tampa Convention Center.
The third annual conference, scheduled from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., will feature live cyber competitions – giving attendees an interactive opportunity to test their skills by attacking vulnerable cyber systems defended by military and university teams. 
The conference also includes a capture the flag (CTF) competition hosted by the USF Whitehatters Computer Security Club. This CTF provides attendees with the opportunity to show off their capabilities in software reverse-engineering, network analysis, forensics, injection and cryptanalysis.
Experts in the field will participate in 12 panels and sessions on some of the most pressing cybersecurity issues and hottest topics facing industry and government, including:

  • Emerging cybersecurity threats and mitigation strategies
  • Innovative solutions for expanding the cybersecurity workforce
  • Guidelines for developing a successful cybersecurity team
This year’s conference also includes keynote presentations from industry leaders Scott Charney, vice president of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, and Art Coviello Jr., who recently retired as executive chairman of RSA, The Security Division of EMC. The sessions are part of the USF and The SunTrust Foundation Lecture Series.
“We’re pleased to have two keynote speakers who are recognized both nationally and internationally as leading experts on the topic of security,” said Sri Sridharan, director of FC2. “They bring a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dealing with the most critical security issues we’re facing today and will likely face tomorrow.  And their experience spans both the public and private sectors.”  
This year’s conference is sponsored by leading cybersecurity firms and solutions providers, including ReliaQuest, Abacode and Soltra.  For more details and registration information, visit the conference registration page.
About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity 
Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC²) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC² is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

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