We are delighted to announce InfraGard Florida – Tampa Bay Area Members Alliance as our symposium co-sponsor!

Join us for a two-day symposium hosted by Cyber Florida in partnership with the University of South Florida and InfraGard to bring together academic researchers, industry practitioners, and law enforcement professionals to examine the latest intelligence on emerging cybercrime threats. The symposium will serve as a platform for connecting, information-sharing, and problem-solving as these three groups—practitioners, researchers, and law enforcement—work together to mitigate the constantly evolving cyber threat landscape. Agenda coming soon!

Confirmed Speakers

In no particular order. More speakers and presentation information to come!

Keynote Speaker TBA
The Cyberwar between Russia & Ukraine

LTC ret. Zbigniew Nowak, PhD, and Katarzyna Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz, PhD; Academic Center for Cybersecurity Policy, War Studies University, Poland

How basic is Hackers’ Playbook? Studying Attacks on our RDP Honeypots

Andréanne Bergeron, Ph.D, Cybersecurity Researcher / Chercheure en cybersécurité, GoSecure

Darknet Ecosytem: Selling Stolen Identities Online

C. Jordan Howell, PhD, and George Burruss, PhD, University of South Florida

Leveraging “Insurability”

Joey Hernandez CISM, CISSP, InfraGard Financial Services Sector Chief and Team Lead for Dell/Secureworks North American Proactive Services

ISP Spamming: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs)

Mark Clancy, Founder Cyber Risk Research and former CISO of Sprint and DTCC, and Khalid Akanbi, Cyber Security Analyst

New Reputation-Based Mining Paradigm: Incentivizing Blockchain Miners to Avoid Dishonest Mining Strategies

Mehrdad Nojoumian, Associate Professor, Director of the Privacy, Security & Trust in Autonomy Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University


Call to Arms: A Plan for Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the United States i.e. How to Eat an Elephant

Michael W. Ritchie, President InfraGard – Tampa Bay Members Alliance and Principal, Germinal: Consulting Services & Custom Product Development

State of Cybersecurity from Those Tasked with Defending It

Nick Biasini, Head of Outreach, Cisco Talos

Employing Zero Trust Architecture for Electric Utilities

Steve Lindsay, Director, Critical Infrastructure Initiatives, XTec

The Fraud Triangle and Cryptocurrency: Unpacking the Relationship between Cryptocurrency and Financially Motivated Cybercrimes

Thomas Dearden, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Virginia Tech

Hello, You’ve Been Hacked: A Study of Victim Notification Preferences

Caitlyn Muniz, PhD, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso

Thick as Thieves: How Criminal Relationships Form on the Darknet

Samantha Tucker, PhD, Cyber Operations Analyst, MITRE

Machine Learning and Forensic Analysis of Photo Thumbnails

Shahrzad Sayyafzadeh on behalf of Dr. Hongmei Chi, Department of Scientific Computing, Florida State University

  • February 14-15, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • University of South Florida Marshall Student Center
  • $25 - $150