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.


Subject to change without notice

8:00 AM Check-In and Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome Remarks

George Burruss, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, University of South Florida Department of Criminology
Ernie Ferraresso, Director, Cyber Florida

9:15 AM Keynote Address: The Global Cyber Threat

General (Ret.) Frank McKenzie, Executive Director, Cyber Florida

10:00 AM 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

10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM 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

11:45 AM State of Cybersecurity from Those Tasked with Defending It

Nick Biasini, Head of Outreach, Cisco Talos

12:30 PM Networking Lunch & Student Poster Session
1:30 PM The Cyberwar between Russia & Ukraine

LTC ret. Zbigniew Nowak, PhD, and Katarzyna Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz, PhD; Academic Center for Cybersecurity Policy, War Studies University, Poland; Dr. Ryszard Szpyra, Professor of social sciences, head of doctoral studies at the National Defense University; and Dr. Oleg Gushchyn, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,  Military Institute.

2:15 AM Employing Zero Trust Architecture for Electric Utilities

Steve Lindsay, Director, Critical Infrastructure Initiatives, XTec

3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Thick as Thieves: How Criminal Relationships Form on the Darknet

Samantha Tucker, PhD, Cyber Operations Analyst, MITRE

4:00 PM Hello, You’ve Been Hacked: A Study of Victim Notification Preferences

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

9:00 AM Welcome to Day 2

George Burruss, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, University of South Florida Department of Criminology

9:15 AM Darknet Ecosystem: Selling Stolen Identities Online

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

10:00 AM How basic is Hackers’ Playbook? Studying Attacks on our RDP Honeypots

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

10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM The Web: A Doubled-Edged Sword

Amin Kharraz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Systems Security Lab at Florida International University

11:45 AM 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

12:30 PM Networking Lunch & Student Poster Sessions
1:30 PM Current Trends in Fraud

Supervisory Special Agent Keith Givens, Federal Bureau of Investigation

2:15 PM Leveraging “Insurability”

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

3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM 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

4:00 PM Machine Learning and Forensic Analysis of Photo Thumbnails

Shahrzad Sayyafzadeh, Florida A&M University

Defense & Innovation: A Cybercrime Symposium

Date: February 14 & 15, 2023

Location: University of South Florida – Tampa, Marshall Student Center Grand Ballroom

Type: In-person only, advanced registration required

Audience: Cybersecurity scholars/researchers (both industry and academic), practitioners, law enforcement professionals, and students

Cost: $150 for industry; $75 for academia, government, nonprofit; $25 for students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided both days (total value does not exceed $50).


Location & Parking


University of South Florida – Tampa
Marshall Student Center Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)
4103 USF Cedar Cir, Tampa, FL 33620


After obtaining a parking pass from the Campus Information Center off of Leroy Collins Blvd (instructions provided via email to registrants), attendees should proceed to the Crescent Hill Parking Facility off of USF Cedar Dr., then walk to the Marshall Student Center. Guests with Disabled Person Parking Permits will find the closest disabled person parking spaces in Lot 3A:E.