By John Andrew Prime
September 26, 2008
One of the world's top reformed hackers and leaders of the Air Force's
cyber arm here are among the confirmed speakers at the Cyber Innovation
Center's Cyber Awareness Summit, Oct. 7-9 at the Shreveport Convention
Sponsors are the Cyber Innovation Center/National Cyber Research Park,
the 8th Air Force and the provisional Air Force Cyber Command at
Barksdale Air Force Base.
Confirmed speakers include best-selling cyber author Douglas Rushkoff,
former top hacker-turned-cyber-defense-expert Kevin Mitnick, author of
"The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion," U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.
Robert J. Elder, commander of the 8th Air Force, and Maj. Gen. William
T. Lord, commander of Air Force Cyber Command.
The Shreveport cyber event will include the first public comments by
general officers leading cyber efforts in the Air Force after the
completions of Corona Fall. That's a thrice-a-year gathering of top Air
Force leaders and the service's full-rank generals.
The Coronas allow senior leaders to come together for frank, open
discussions and decision-making about the future of the air arm. This
year, they are expected to include discussion about cyber, training and
nuclear issues that have riveted the attention of Air Force and Defense
leadership since this summer, when the top two leaders of the service
were fired by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. That followed a series
of embarrassing mistakes by the Air Force handling nuclear components.
Corona Fall will be Oct. 1-4 at Colorado Springs, Colo., "and we do
expect releases from it, but likely not for two to six weeks after, as
it will take time for everyone to work the major points of the
decisions," Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said.
One week after the Shreveport summit, the National Cyber Security
Conference will be held Oct. 16-17 at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino,
in Las Vegas. Geared toward military professionals and industry type and
limited to U.S. personnel and people from allied nations only, it has a
steep price to attend, almost $2,000 per person.
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