Cyber Storm Conference


International Workshop: Research & Education for the Cyber Storm 18 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.
Workshop agenda as of 10 February can be found at this link
Registrations have now closed. Contact Greg Austin for info on access to workshop materials.

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.

Greg Austin, UNSW Canberra Cyber has prepared a background paper, Civil Defence Gaps for Cyber Blitzkrieg.

The call for papers is now closed. Papers accepted are listed below:

Mind the gap: Western military adaptation to cyber versus Western theory of victory

Lior Tabansky, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University

Defending a Nation in Cyberspace

Lauri Lindström, NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

Dezinformatsiya: You’re Already Inside a Cyber Storm

Chris Dufour, Rachel Azafrani and Tim Newberry, BlackHorse Solutions, Inc. (USA)

Weaponizing Information Systems for Political Disruption

Kevin Desouza, Professor of Business, Technology and Strategy, QUT, and Dr Atif Ahmad, University of Melbourne

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

Alliance attribution of global cyber attacks

Siim Alatalu, Strategy Branch, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia

India and China: Ignoring the Storm Warnings

Munish Sharma, Consultant, Institute for Strategic and Defence Analysis, New Delhi, India

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

Storm Warnings: How Simulation Impacts Decision Trees for Improved Situational Awareness

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, Sylvain Leblanc, RMC Canada, and Mike Shuck, U.S. Department of Defense

Enhance Joint Military Education with AI-Based Learning Systems

Jim Q. Chen, Professor of Cyber Studies, National Defense University (NDU), Washington DC

Winning the Cyberspace Workforce Race

Colonel Andrew O. Hall, Major Michael Klipstein, and Dr. Edward Sobiesk

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


Registrations have now closed. Contact Greg Austin for info.