Cybersecurity Conference

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 125


WHAT: The November 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures was unprecedented in scale and scope, raising significant questions about cyberthreats from abroad, as well as intrusive governmental policies. A conference organized by FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs, in collaboration with FIU’s Division of Information Technology, brings thought leaders from the public and private sectors and academia to review and discuss the Sony case. The one-day conference will examine what recent attacks mean for securing the U.S. homeland, defending economic interests and safeguarding civil liberties.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here

WHO: Welcome Remarks from 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Title: Cybersecurity’s “Brave New World”


Morning Keynote Speaker from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida, 27th District; member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Panel 1 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Title: National Security: The Delicate Balance

Moderator: Frank Mora, Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center; professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, FIU

Panel Members:

  • Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States
  • Laura Odell, Institute for Defense Analyses, Information Technology and Systems Division
  • Paul Stockton, Managing Director for Sonecon LLC and former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs

Panel 2 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Title: Cybersecurity and Business Panel

Moderator: David Wernick, Senior Lecturer and R. Kirk Landon Teaching and Student Engagement Fellow, Department of Management & International Business, College of Business, FI

Panel Members:

Afternoon Keynote Speaker from 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Title: How scared should you be? The dark side of the internet

Speaker: Manuel D. Medina, Founder and Managing Partner, Medina Capital

Panel 3 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Title: Cyber and Public Policy: The Future

Moderator: Shlomi Dinar, Associate Director, School of International and Public Affairs, FIU

Panel Members:

Closing Remarks

Speaker: John F. Stack, Executive Director, School of International and Public Affairs, FIU

For a complete list of speaker biographies, please click here

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Broad Auditorium, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) 125
    FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC)
    11200 S.W. 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33199