WEDNESDAY, July 31st
Innovation Showcase / Student Poster Display open until 3:00pm
This panel will provide examples and share perspectives on the growing demands and challenges encountered in a rapidly and ever-evolving security landscape and their efforts to protect our citizens, communities, property, and infrastructure.
The demands on DHS are complex, expanding, and require new approaches to problem-solving. To maintain public services, keep commerce running, and ensure education, healthcare, and banking systems remain uninterrupted, more efficient ways must be found to carry out DHS missions.
This interactive conversation places a spotlight on how leaders from industry, government and academia are building innovation hubs for their research and development (R&D) investments and impacting decision-making, risk reduction, and operational efficiencies in areas such as autonomy, AI, cyber security, connectivity, and resilience.
Preparing for our complex future raises the bar for how public and private sectorts must work together across different domains, disciplines, and jurisdictions to share ideas and capabilities. Engaging the innovators, including startups, small businesses, academia and intergovernmental leaders, provides DHS the opportunity to be early investors in solutions that address energing homeland security challenges.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from communities who are successfully changing the R&D conversation, using innovation hubs that go beyond traditional government R&D models.
Who and what is the threat within the Gray Zone? From global expansion activities by China and Russia, to political and military instability stemming from aggression by North Korea and Iran, to ongoing and ever shifting landscape of ideology-inspired terrorist attacks, a myriad of evolving threats are operating in the Gray Zone. This panel identifies the ‘who’ and discusses some of the ‘what’ that the nation must proactively prepare for in the Gray Zone conflict.
The panel will focus on three subtopics that represent community engagement on scales ranging from local to industry sector. The first subtopic will be port resilience and the characteristics and attributes that make individual ports or networks of ports more or less resilient. The second subtopic will be the fragmentation of community planning, resulting isolation of mitigation planning from other sectors, and application of the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard (PIRS) to improve outcomes with respect to community resilience. The final subtopic will be the application of “Blue Economy” concepts and principles to improving the resilience of small isolated coastal communities.
Cyber is a huge factor within the Gray Zone. Threats are capitalizing on the opportunities presented by a seemingly unlimited number of devices and systems that can be accessed, influenced or defeated from behind a keyboard. This panel will probe the challenges posed in the nexus of public and private systems, by influence campaigns, by the hacking of personal devices, and by vulnerabilities of our ships at sea.
Whether it is uncovering transnational criminal activities, or securing smart cities, analysts increasingly depend on harvesting data that reside across multiple platforms, span multiple jurisdictions, and may be contributed through a variety of authoritative and non-authoritative sources. Overall, these data display the classic four V attributes that define big data: high volumes, variety of content, high velocity of change, and variations in their veracity. Synthesizing such diverse data into actionable knowledge relies on the identification of links that connect datasets, persons, and activities. This pursuit presents substantial challenges: computational, operational, and institutional. This track features talks by three leading experts who address the challenges posed when navigating through this heterogeneous and inclusive operational data landscape.
THURSDAY, August 1st
Registration, Student Poster Display, and Innovation Showcase open until 10:00am
This session challenges traditional tactics on Gray Zone targets. Threats and tactics are in sum, not the only challenges within the Gray Zone. From public gatherings such as concerts or sporting events, the Gray Zone threats of mass violence and active shooters extend to physical soft targets outside of the traditional military, industrial or political infrastructure. This multi-faceted panel explores those threats and discusses actions that can be taken to mitigate these types of events.
This session illuminates infrastructure threats from a critical mission perspective by focusing on a theoretical Department of Defense force projection mission that 1) relies heavily on private sector critical infrastructure, 2) spans multiple sectors and domains and 3) discuss how threats to critical infrastructure could adversely impact that mission. The panel will discuss the motivation of threat actors to disrupt the mission and the steps they might take to do so. The panelists will also review evolving threats to next generation mobile communications-based IoT systems and how disruptions to that domain could impact the mission.
Thank you to our Student Grand Challenge Platinum Industry Partner, General Dynamics Information Technology, and our Silver Sponsor, NEC Corporation of America.
NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometric products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Government, Education, Healthcare and Hospitality.