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