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Mason-IBM-NSF Cybersecurity Leadership and Smart Grid Conference

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Please find out details about the Conference and register at: (

Registration closed on Sunday April 26.

You are cordially invited to the following fascinating international conference,

held locally and free of charge, sponsored by George Mason, IBM and National Science Foundation.


Please join us and our colleagues from industry, government and academia, domestic and international, on Thursday, April 30th for an inspiring discussion on two current cybersecurity research initiatives:

• George Mason and National Science Foundation – “Bridging the Cybersecurity Leadership Gap: Assessment, Competencies and Capacity Building”

• George Mason and IBM - “Old and New: Cross-Industry Considerations for Securing Industrial Control Systems”

Who Will Be Attending?

CIOs, CISOs, IT directors, government policy makers with an interest in cybersecurity leadership and strategy, and the evolution of the Smart Grid.

Speakers include:

Robert Coles, CISO, GlaxoSmithKline, London, U.K.

Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO, AES Corporation

Prof. Toshio Obi, Director, Institute of eGovernment, Waseda Univerity; President, International Academy of CIO; and Chair, UNESCO UNITWIN Program on Disaster Management, Tokyo, Japan

Samia Melhem, Lead Policy Officer, Global ICT Group, World Bank

Marilyn Smith, CIO, George Mason University

Mike Watson, CISO, Commonwealth of Virginia

Steve Chan, Chairman of the Board, Mehta Tech, Inc.

Karen Lefkowitz, Acting CISO, PEPCO

Jeffrey Katz, Chief Technology Offier, Energy and Utilities, IBM

George Wrenn, CSO, Vice President, Cybersecurity, Schneider Electric

Kevin Smith, Cybersecurity Specialist, Tridium (Tridium is a division of Honeywell International, Inc.)

Michael Darling, Director of Enterprise Performance Management, Department of Homeland Security

Mike Smith, Senior Cyber Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy

Main Topics:

• Identifying CISO core competencies and building effective cybersecurity leadership

• Securing SCADA systems and the next generation Smart Grid

• Developing a cybersecurity program for worldwide organizations

This conference is a continuance of the Cybersecurity Leadership and Smart Grid Workshop held on July 11, 2014 in Arlington, VA. For the Workshop report, please go to the following link:

Attendance to the April 30, 2015 Conference is free.

Hope to see you there!