As a result of recent support from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, cybersecurity initiatives at Texas A&M University has been greatly accelerated. The initial focus of the Bradley funded effort is to address the cybersecurity of critical infrastructures. While cybersecurity threats appear to be ever-increasing in almost every area, the increased exposure and vulnerability of our nation’s critical infrastructures to cyber-attacks is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges facing our nation today.
This cybersecurity initiative is led by Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, Director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center, in collaboration with Dr. John Junkins, Director of the Advanced Study Institute, who is also providing oversight and leadership to this research. The first year of this effort will culminate in a major “think tank” styled conference in January of 2017. The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center is coordinating the three-day event entitled the, “Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Conference 2017: Novel Approaches at the Crossroads of Policy & Technology”, on behalf of the Texas A&M College of Engineering and the Bush School of Government and Public Policy. The conference will convene thought-leaders, senior officials, experts and strategic decision makers from industry, academia and government to share cyber threat assessments and meaningful approaches to address infrastructure cybersecurity protection.
The conference will be held January 11-13, 2017, at The Bush School on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas. The agenda for this event will be announced during late summer 2016.