Cyber Storm Conference
International Workshop: Research & Education for the Cyber Storm 18-20 February 2019
Research Papers from scholars in the U.S. Army Cyber Institute, NATO Cyber Center, Oxford University, U.S. Special Forces University, Ukraine, Canada, Black Horse Inc., and UNSW.
UNSW Canberra Cyber, Australia’s premier centre for the interdisciplinary study of cyber security and the campus Research Group on Cyber War and Peace, will convene an international conference in February 2019 on the “Cyber Storm.” Australia’s former Minister of Cyber Security, Hon. Dan Tehan, warned in November 2016, of the need for the country to prepare for a cyber storm, even if it was an unlikely contingency. One view of the Cyber Storm sees it as the contingencies arising from protracted and complex, multi-vector, multi-wave, multi-theatre attacks against cyber assets. Such assets can include critical civil infrastructure, military C4ISTAR, computerised systems in weapons platforms, and even other civilian targets of military or national security significance. This conference will tease out scholarly approaches to characterising complex cyber crises (such as the "cyber storm"). A related interest of the conference will be to look at the role universities and professional education institutions, such as military colleges, can play to address the unique challenges of workforce formation for the Cyber Storm.
For middle powers like Australia, the research foundations on which policy responses to the "cyber storm" depend are very weakly developed, or even non-existent. This is especially the case in the sub-field of simulations. The conventional wisdom, or at least the dominant practice, has been that the knowledge, skills and abilities needed would be acquired “on the job” in highly classified environments. There has been little space for open-source research and therefore minimal open-source education and teaching. This scholarly conference will discuss research papers on these subjects by leading specialists from universities, professional colleges, think tanks, government, and industry. The academic portion of the conference will not have any special national focus, but papers that can address the U.S. experience or that of middle powers like Australia will be highly regarded.
Papers accepted so far:
Mind the gap: Western military adaptation to cyber versus Western theory of victory
Lior Tabansky, Blavatnik Cyber Security Interdisciplinary Research Center, Tel Aviv
The Geopolitical Consequences of Cyber Situational Awareness for Grave Contingencies
Commander Michael Widmann, Director Strategy Branch, NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security
One Storm or Many? Cyber Arsenals for Sustained Multi-theatre Cyber Physical Attacks
Greg Austin, UNSW Canberra Cyber
Dezinformatsiya: You’re Already Inside a Cyber Storm
Chris Dufour and Tim Newberry, BlackHorse Solutions, Inc. (USA)
Weaponizing Information Systems for Political Disruption
Kevin Desouza, Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy, QUT
Technologies for Multimedia Communications in the Cyber Storm
Dr Aleksander Kiselevsky, Member of Supervisory Board and Chief Scientific Advisor, and Dr Michael Ryzhukhin, CTO/CSO, both at Intecracy Group, Kyiv
Developments in State Level Cyber Wargaming
John Curry, Bath Spa University, UK
Preparing for the Storm - Wargaming Cyber Risks
Lt Col David Ormrod Ph D, Australian Army
Do Cyber War Simulations Improve Decision Making?
Tom Sear, UNSW Canberra, and Dr Paul Lieber, Joint Special Operations University, McDill AFB, Florida
Simulation in support of Cyber Education and Exercises
Sylvain Leblanc, Interim Chair for Cybersecurity & Associate Professor, and Taylor Perkins, RMC Canada
Design It, Build It, Defend It – Using Cyber Exercises in the Education of Cyber Forces
G. Scott Knight, Chair for Cybersecurity, and Sylvain Leblanc, RMC Canada
Enhance Joint Military Education with AI-Based Learning Systems
Jim Q. Chen, Professor of Cyber Studies, National Defense University (NDU), Washington DC
Whole of Nation Effort for Cyber Workforce Development in the United States
Prof Mike Klipstein, and Prof Edward Sobiesk, U.S. Army Cyber Institute
Educating Leaders Fit for the Cyber Storm
Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik, Advisory Board, Canada Research Centre 4th Industrial Revolution
Tackling the cyber-skills gap for the Cyber Storm: a survey of UK initiatives
Jantje Silomon, and Monica Kaminska, University of Oxford
Education for Cyber Disaster Response and Resilience
Adam P. Henry, Adjunct, UNSW Canberra Cyber
Following the one-day research conference (on 18 Feb and open to the public), the convenors will host a one-day policy workshop (19 Feb), and a one-day table top exercise (20 Feb). Participation in the last two events is by invitation only. Please contact Professor Greg Austin for further details. Registration for 18 February event will be opened on 1 October 2018.