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Citadel News Service
9 Sep 2013

Citadel partners to host first Southeast cyber security conference

The Citadel is partnering with Homeland Security Outlook (HSO), SCRA, and the University of South Carolina to host the first southeast regional Cyber Security for National Security (CS4NS) Conference in Charleston September 10. The event is designed to address the cyber infrastructure needs of state and local governments and small to midsized companies.

The CS4NS conference will offer comprehensive perspectives from academia, research and development, business, and defense related agencies. Speakers include experts from the University of South Carolina, The Citadel, the US Cyber Command and National Security Agency.

The event is planned due in part to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee report on small business. 

“At The Citadel we are committed to working with the community in advancing knowledge and preparing the workforce in this critical area,” said Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, “and we are very pleased to be a part of this conference.”

Nearly 20 percent of cyber attacks are small businesses with less than 250 employees, which often lack the resources to prevent or recover from a breach. 

“With recent attacks here in the Lowcountry, the timing for the conference is perfect.” said Associate Professor of Computer Science Shankar Banik. “The conference will provide an opportunity for the state and local agencies, small and mid-sized industries, and educators in the Lowcountry to learn about current needs in cyber security and how we address them.”

Complete agenda, venue, and registration information is available online.