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Welcome to the Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Meetup Group organized by the Center for Assurance Research & Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing and the School of Business, George Mason University.
The Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series is generously supported by Accenture.
Our meetups are held several times a year and feature a series of 15-minute presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators followed by a panel discussion and questions. The focus of the meetings is on cybersecurity innovation including innovation rationale and motivation, technology, metrics and lessons learned.

Upcoming events (2)

Meet the Tech Exec: Amazon Cloud Security Assurance & Careers Event

# Meet Amazon: Featuring Paul Hong and Kevin Donohue, AWS Cloud Assurance

##### Wednesday, April 12

##### 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

##### Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

Meet with business leaders from Amazon Web Services and learn about the field of Cloud Security Assurance and careers at Amazon Web Services from Paul Hong and Kevin Donahue, AWS.

Please go here for more information and to RSVP: https://care.gmu.edu/meet-the-tech-exec-event-featuring-paul-hong-and-kevin-donohue-aws-cloud-assurance/

Paul Hong, CISSP, CPA, Security Assurance Training and Education Lead
Paul develops and delivers cloud security and compliance trainings for regulated industries, including the US government. Paul’s work also includes enabling public sector and regulated industry adoption of the AWS Cloud. Prior to joining AWS, Paul spent his career as an IT security professional working directly with Fortune 500 companies auditing or consulting on IT process, security, and risk projects. Paul is a CISSP, CEH, and CPA, and holds a Masters of Accounting Information Systems and a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University, Virginia.

Kevin Donohue, CISSP, Senior Customer Enablement Manager, Global Regulatory Operations, AWS Security
Kevin has been with AWS since 2019 and is currently a senior manager in the Security Assurance org. He leads security and compliance initiatives for various government and commercial certifications and helps customers understand the shared responsibility model. He holds CISSP, AWS Cloud Practitioner and Solutions Architect Associate certifications. Before joining AWS, Kevin worked in the commercial cybersecurity practice at PwC and prior to that, the U.S. State Department. Originally from New Jersey, Kevin now lives with his wife and daughter in Alexandria, VA.

More information about the Johnson Center Cinema.

For more information, please contact: [masked] or [masked].

This event is hosted by Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing‘s Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE), the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) and School of Business.

Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System: Think Outside the Box

George Mason University (Mason Square)

Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System: Time to Think Outside the Box

May 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm (Eastern)
In-Person, Van Metre Hall, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia
and via Zoom Webinar

Join Mason’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center (Center), Mason’s School of Business, and a host of experts for an executive roundtable discussion on the cybersecurity challenges facing the financial services sector and the solutions that should be pursued.

The increasing number of cyber incursions demonstrates the vulnerabilities of digital technologies and an internet that was not created to be a secure network. There are options for overcoming these increasing vulnerabilities and protecting the financial system. Hear experts discuss current and upcoming issues in cybersecurity and the financial system including:
· Financial system innovation and challenges of cybersecurity
· Geopolitics and national motivations for financial system innovation and development
· Crime and criminal enterprises and the financial system
· Role of multilateral institutions such as the IMF and World Bank
· New web concepts to decentralize and segregate financial system critical infrastructure
· Government initiatives to work with private industry
· More secure software, hardware and systems
· The path to global consensus
· The cybersecurity alternatives that financial services companies are developing

Our faculty will be moderated by cybersecurity experts:

  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Auffret, George Mason University’s Director, Research Partnerships, School of Business; Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), College of Engineering & Computing

  • Thomas P. Vartanian, Executive Director of the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center

  • Dr. Ajay Vinzé, Dean of Mason’s School of Business, will provide opening remarks for the program

  • Brian Peretti, Director, Domestic and International Cyber Policy, Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Treasury, will make Keynote Remarks

More event information:

For questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. J.P. Auffret at [masked] or by Phone at[masked], or FTCC Managing Director Robert Ledig at [masked]
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