Cybersecurity at VCU

Cybersecurity Center


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Avoiding Complacency in Securing Operational Technology Environments
Edward Rhyne, M.B.A., M.S Senior Technical Advisor U.S. Department of Energy
Moderated by Milos Manic
Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021, | 11 a.m. - Noon (Eastern Time)

It’s easy to be lulled into thinking there is a perfect process or checklist that will keep our data safe. This can lead to complacency — the opposite of security, especially in a cyber environment where hacking techniques can be obscured, addresses and traffic can be spoofed, credentials can be harvested and more. This presentation discusses a more holistic approach to cybersecurity based on identifying anomalies from unmaskable data sources and using them to conduct further investigation.

Edward Rhyne, M.B.A., M.S., is a senior technical adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER). He currently leads the threat mitigation portfolio, which includes programs focused on the energy sector. Previously, Rhyne was a senior technical adviser in the Cybersecurity Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Science and Technology Directorate. As a DHS assignment in the United Kingdom’s Home Office, he piloted science and technology efforts for the UK’s Home Office Innovative Science and Technology in Counter Terrorism (INSTINCT) program.


Discovering, Developing, Growing and Capturing Funding Opportunities
Eric S. Peterson , Ph.D. President, ESP Research, Inc.
Moderated by Milos Manic
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. EST | Thursday, March 11

This presentation will discuss fundamentals of how to present research, science and emerging technology to federal agencies and private sector organizations when seeking funding. It will also address RandD fund source identification, development and capture. Participants will gain insights into the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the federal funding landscape.

Eric S. Peterson, Ph.D., is the principal lead for ESP Research, Inc., a 35-year-old consulting firm that has worked with industry and academic organizations worldwide. He has served at the NSF, managing a $26 million program that awarded $6.4 million in new project grants in the areas of separation science and nanotechnology. He also directed NSF’s “Explosives and Related Threats” and “Nuclear Detection” programs. He served in the DOE’s Office of Advanced Manufacturing in 2019. To date, he has won more than $1 billion in competitively awarded RandD funding. He is widely published and holds 25 U.S. patents. Among his many honors are two Idaho National Laboratory Lifetime Achievement awards, the DOE Bright Light Award for best invention over the past 20 years at a DOE Lab and the DOE Energy 2000 Award for the Top Innovation of the year at a DOE Facility.


Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
Wayne Austad, Idaho National Laboratory/CyManII
Moderated by Milos Manic
11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. EST | Thursday, Feb. 11

U.S. manufacturers are magnets for cyber criminals and nation-state adversaries. How can manufacturing infrastructures ward off threats while staying nimble and competitive?

Delve into this topic in a 45-minute seminar with Wayne Austad, M.S., chief technology officer for the National & Homeland Security Directorate of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and INL’s chief R&D officer for the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII). Austad will discuss how CyManII is making U.S. advanced manufacturing more resilient against the nation’s adversaries. Led by the University of Texas at San Antonio, CyManII brings together the expertise of three U.S. Department of Energy national labs and 24 powerhouse universities. Their goal? To usher in the next era in cybersecurity for smart and energy-efficient manufacturing, supply chains, factory automation and workforce development.

Austad will also discuss the wide range of internship opportunities this initiative offers. As INL and CyManII interns, students can gain world-class experience remotely, without leaving home.


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