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Huntsville to host National Cyber Summit featuring national security, private sector brass

Huntsville is set to play host to the 12th annual National Cyber Summit (NCS), which will consist of top-ranked national security officials, leading industry brass and field experts in academia.

The summit will be held at the Von Braun Center September 28-30, where field experts will address issues relating to cyber threats posed by hostile foreign and domestic rogue actors. The event will consist of keynotes, multiple educational tracks, networking opportunities with industry and government cyber management, breakfast panels for Veterans and Women, classified sessions, and cyber competitions.

National Cyber Summit director Judy Darwin expressed excitement about the informative nature of the summit.

“We are so excited to return in-person for this year’s National Cyber Summit in Huntsville,” said Darwin. “NCS connects senior cyber-tech leaders to those just starting in cyber-tech fields. This is critical to building a stronger more resilient cyber workforce in government, industry and academia to ensure we protect our national interest from all enemies foreign and domestic.”

This year’s keynote speakers include:

  • Brian Turner, Executive Assistant Director, Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Dr. Raj Iyer, SES, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Army
  • Chris Cleary, Principal Cyber Advisor, Navy
  • Merritt Baer, Principal Security Architect, Amazon Web Services
  • Lynn Dohm, Executive Director, Women in Cybersecurity (WICYS)
  • Jon “Maddog” Hall, Board Chair, Linux Professional Institute

Mayor Tommy Battle welcomed NCS to the Rocket City and hailed Huntsville’s standing in the field of technology.

“There is no better place to address cybersecurity than in Huntsville, Alabama,” said Battle. “This city is at the pinnacle of technology, and the National Cyber Summit brings together the best and brightest from our government, industry, and academic technical community.”

Destination Huntsville, North Alabama’s only full-service destination management company, will partner with the 2021 National Cyber Summit to offer unique after-hours activities specially curated for Summit attendees. The company plans to tout the city’s robust technology industry as well as the vast entertainment Huntsville has to offer.

The event is hosted by the North Alabama Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (NAC-ISSA), Cyber Huntsville Corporation (CHC), Auburn University Research, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL