September 19-20, 2019 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA 

The ability to operate freely in the cyber domain is of critical importance to the United States. DSI’s 6th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium will address the internet and internet-enabled technologies and how they enable much of our communications, economic activities, and military capabilities. This reliance on cyberspace makes it an attractive target to malicious actors wishing to harm the United States. Our defense community has always maintained a basic level of cyber security—protecting networks and computers from unauthorized access and attack—but the current threat landscape of great-power competition has necessitated a shift towards offensive cyber operations. These operations are deployed in the same manner as traditional operations, often falling beneath the threshold of war, and are carried out by cyber-specific entities like the Cyber Mission Force.

download agenda


2019 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Gen James Holmes_Circle
  • Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, USAF
  • Commander
  • Air Combat Command
  • MajGen Burke "Ed" Wilson, USAF (Ret.)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy
  • MajGen Dennis Crall, USMC
  • Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Dr. Daniel Ragsdale
  • Assistant Director for Cyber
  • USD (R&E)
_________________________________________________   Buck Liberto
  • Ignatius "Buck" Liberto
  • Chief of Staff
  • Joint Force Headquarters - DODIN
  • Robert Kazimer
  • Deputy Commander
  • US Army Cyber Center of Excellence

Download Agenda for Full Speaker List

Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

The expansion of the global Cyber Domain has enabled technological advancements and enhanced the capabilities of the Federal Government, the DoD, and the American private sector. However, our reliance on the Cyber Domain leaves us vulnerable to attacks perpetrated by hostile state actors, terrorist groups, and cybercriminals who exploit weaknesses in our systems to interfere with and degrade our defense and commercial networks and critical infrastructure. These cyber intrusions threaten the ability of the US government and military to operate effectively and will become increasingly important to address as our dependence on the Cyber Domain grows.

To effectively combat our adversaries and maintain our cyber superiority and freedom of action in the Cyber Domain, the Government has made significant investments in updating its networks and capabilities. Additionally, the signing of a new Presidential Memorandum has provided USCYBERCOM with new cyber authorities that allow for increased offensive cyber operations that will disrupt and deter adversarial activities.
DSI’s 6th Annual Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in US offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, changes in policy that allow for greater freedom of action in the cyber domain, and the most pressing cyber threats facing our nation. This year’s Symposium will foster conversation between relevant stakeholders from the community to discuss how to meet and overcome evolving cyber threats and ensure continued US dominance in cyberspace.

Topics for this Year's Symposium Include:
    • - Exploiting the Convergence of Cyber and Electronic Warfare
    • - Achieving and Maintaining Cyberspace Superiority in Support of National Security
    • - Defending Forward to Disrupt and Degrade Malicious Cyber Activity
    • - Coordinating Cybersecurity Standards, Policies, and Procedures
    • - Protecting DoD Systems from Hostile Exploitation and Attack
    • - Operationalizing Foreign and Domestic Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity
  • - Protecting Critical US Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:
  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex challenges facing the DoD and Federal Government as it relates to cyber operations and defense.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest cyber priorities of interest to the DoD and Federal Government.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. Our town hall format is your opportunity to address our speakers with questions or comments on the current mission 
Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

- DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

- DSI’s Symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
- The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering. _______________________________________________________________
Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:
This Symposium offers several distinct opportunities for organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Symposium subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role. If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us here.

IMG_9381_edited_no banner v2 smallerIMG_0032 4 v2 smaller

IMG_4860 v2 smallerIMG_9513 v2 smaller _______________________________________________________________ *Summit is CLOSED TO PRESS/ NO RECORDINGS*