ICCS co-organizer D. Frank Hsu, Ph.D., discusses agenda with Cody Brown, FCLC ’13. Photo by Tom Stoelker

This year’s International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS), hosted by Fordham and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, opened to a sold out crowd of nearly 500 attendees from 35 countries. The conference will once again feature a stellar lineup of experts in government, law enforcement, industry and academia. The conference will continue through August 8 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center.

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Held every 18 months, ICCS was one of the earliest conferences of its kind and is held in high regard by law enforcement, industry, and academic experts in the field. Its close ties with law enforcement have garnered it the nickname “white hat summit” in contrast with its Las Vegas cousin, the DEFCON hacker convention, which is sometimes referred to as the “black hat convention.”

“In four short years, ICCS has come one of the nation’s most prominent conferences on cyber security and cyber crime, threat analysis and privacy,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “Its participants and guests are among the most senior cyber security executives and experts in law enforcement and government, industry and academia—a highly accomplished group of women and men—performing critically important work in the nation’s interest.”

ICCS is co-organized at Fordham by D. Frank Hsu, Ph.D., the Clavius Distinguished Professor of Science and professor of computer and information science, and Dorothy Marinucci, executive assistant to the president of Fordham.

Federal officials sitting on panels include: Lisa O. Monaco, deputy national security advisor and assistant to the president for homeland security; Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division; and Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security. Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, will also address the conference.

Several newsworthy names from private industry will also be on hand, including Kevin Mandia, founder and CEO of the security firm Mandiant. Mandiant was responsible for identifying a bland white building near Shanghai as housing Unit 61398, the division of the People’s Liberation Army responsible for stealing data from several U.S. corporations and government agencies. Ed Stroz, GSB ’79, co-president of Stroz Friedberg LLC, will present “Ten Lies My CIO Told Me.”

Among the many attending scholars will be Ruby B. Lee, Ph.D., the Forrest G. Hamrick Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Princeton. She will discuss her research on designing security support into core computer architecture.

See the complete program at: http://www.iccs.fordham.edu

International guests who will discuss cyber crime in Europe include Andre Dornbusch, detective inspector of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), and Ian Levy, technical director of the Government Communication Headquarters in the United Kingdom. Their U.S. counterpart, Robert Joyce, deputy director of information assurance for the National Security Agency, will join the conversation.

Beginning on Aug. 3, just before the conference, Fordham sponsored an International Cyber Security Academy, featuring classroom-style lectures and labs for training with cutting-edge tools, tech- niques, and protocols of cyber security. The academy, which was put together by Hsu and Anthony J. Ferrante, FCRH ’01, GSAS ’04, runs concurrently with the main ICCS program.