MSU to host regional cybersecurity conference

Michigan State University will host the sixth annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Cybercrime April 15-16 at the Heritage Room of the University Club in East Lansing, Mich.

The event draws world-class social and technical science researchers to present their work and promote collaboration between the disciplines, as well as open conversations to identify new avenues of research to enrich both fields. Additionally, the conference links social and technical fields to industry and policy-makers to transform the landscape of cybersecurity, policy and practice.

As a leader in cybersecurity, cyberterrorism and cybercrime research, MSU's Thomas Holt, professor in the criminal justice department, serves as the conference organizer and presenter.

"The near constant state of cyberattacks targeting citizens and industry requires we take an in-depth approach to security, understanding not only how attacks occur, but why and where the attacks originate. Attendees will learn about all of these issues, and how law enforcement and industry are responding to these threats," Holt said.

Attendees will learn new strategies to identify and combat cyberthreats, and connect with fellow practitioners and researchers.

"We have many excellent speakers from across the US, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands discussing everything from cyberattack insurance, to digital forensics, to the economic impacts of cybersecurity," Holt said. "We'll also have industry experts, and CISOs from across the state in multiple sectors, including automotive and finance discussing different types of cyber threats."

The conference will have a variety of talks, including 50-minute research panels where two speakers will present for 20-25 minutes each using a "TED Talk" style structure, as well as discussion panels with multiple participants to address key issues in their field. Attendees can also receive CPE credits toward maintaining certifications as well.

This year will feature a question and answer panel with representatives from the FBI, US Secret Service, Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General, and the Michigan State Police to discuss how they respond to cybercrimes and interact with industry. Mr. Nils Kessler, the US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan will also present on cyberthreats affecting the state and nation. Presenters will also discuss ransomware, a form of malware that requires victims to pay to have their files decrypted or be lost forever, the threats to healthcare, and even the Michigan Cyber Patriot program which provides cybersecurity education for K-12 students.

Registration for the conference is $100, covering both days' events, and space is limited.

A full list of speakers, agenda, and registration information can be found on the conference website.

Published: Thu, Feb 28, 2019