Cyber at the Crossroads

Cyber Center for Education & Innovation, Home of the National Cryptologic Museum

Fall Symposium

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Join the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI), Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) for a one-day symposium of renowned national cybersecurity leaders, including experts from past and current administrations, the U.S. military, industry, and academia for a discussion of the past, present, and future of the security of our nation’s cyber infrastructure.

Events in 1997 and 1998 demonstrated gaps in the ability of the U.S. government to detect and respond to an attack on its information systems and uncovered the vulnerabilities of our national critical infrastructure to coordinated cyber attacks. The 1997 Department of Defense Exercise Eligible Receiver 97 (ER97) is widely viewed as a stark and alarming institutional wakeup call, and a series of real-world cyber events which followed seemed to validate many of the observations from ER97. The national initiatives and organizational changes that these events set in motion—including the publication of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (Critical Infrastructure Protection), the establishment of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, and the creation of a military command structure that is the predecessor to U.S. CYBER COMMAND—are still playing out today.

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of ER97, and many believe that today we are at a crossroads with regard to cyber as an underpinning of our military, economic, financial, and political systems. In the 20 years since ER97, what progress have we made regarding the security of our cyber-enabled systems? Are we becoming more secure, or are we losing ground?

With the benefit of 20 years’ experience and recently declassified material, this symposium will explore the roots of ER97 and the resulting initiatives; look at applications to today’s cyber issues and highlight some important choices facing us; explore some alternative cyber futures; and discuss current administration initiatives to secure America’s cyber infrastructure.


Lt. Gen. Ken Minihan (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Director, National Security Agency (19961999)

Chairman, CCEI-NCM Founders Group


  • Rob Joyce, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

  • Dr. Thomas Rid, Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

  • Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Deputy Secretary of Defense (19972000)


  • Past – What did ER97 tell us about the state of our cyber defenses and what actions resulted?

  • Present – What progress have we made in 20 years in key areas of organization, training and education, and what important choices face us today?

  • Future – How will an interconnected world change our laws, policies, governance and international norms that underpin the stability of the global cyber systems on which we depend?


Registration includes access to keynote and panel sessions, continental breakfast, luncheon, cocktail reception, and access to conference proceedings.

Industry $395    Military/Government/Educator $195      UMUC Students/Faculty/Alumni $25


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