Auburn University to present conference on Building the Cybersecure Organization June 27-28 in Birmingham

Published: May 19, 2017
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For leaders who want to make sure their critical infrastructure organization is making the right cybersecurity investments—and making the most of them—the Auburn University Office of Professional and Continuing Education is offering a practical executive education session and conference June 27–28 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Executives, directors and managers in line of business and non-IT corporate roles will learn how to ask the right questions and weigh the answers as their organization assesses its cyber risk, integrates cybersecurity measures into its enterprise risk management strategy and prepares to respond effectively to cyber attack.

Those directly responsible for planning and implementing their organization’s cybersecurity initiatives will get up to speed on the latest threat intelligence, acquire cyber best practices and sharpen their ability to make a case for cybersecurity investment.

The event is open to leaders at all levels in any critical infrastructure industry. It will be presented in partnership with cybersecurity learning and development experts KnowCyber, LLC (, in association with TechBirmingham (

Casey Cegielski, the J. W. Woodruff Professor of Information Systems Management in Auburn’s Harbert College of Business and an expert in enterprise-wide cyber risk management, will lead interactive learning sessions centered around a realistic simulation exercise.

Featured speakers will include Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, senior counsel for Research Security and the Auburn Cyber Initiative, who will brief participants on cybersecurity developments affecting businesses in Alabama and throughout the Southeast; Frank J. Cilluffo, director of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, addressing the evolving threat landscape and latest developments in threat intelligence; and Tony Skjellum, lead cyber scientist for Auburn University and director of Auburn’s new Charles D. McCrary Institute for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Systems.

To learn more or to register for the session, go to or contact Alan Spencer, Office of Professional and Continuing Education, at or 334-844-5193.

For more information about KnowCyber, LLC, go to For more information about TechBirmingham, go to

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