2012 Workshop on Cyber Security and Global Affairs


Global Security Forum

with focus on

International Cyber Security Governance, Human Factors, Policies, and Technologies

International Cyber Center
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA


In Cooperation With

Location: Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
C/Jordi Girona,1-3
Edificio A3 (Aula Master)

June 19 to Jun 21, 2022


Sponsored By Office of Naval Research





Workshop Corporate Sponsors


ICC Corporate Patrons: Lockheed Martin Corporation; Sallie Mae Corporation; Accenture; Secure Info


The International Cyber Center at George Mason University and ESCERT at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) are jointly organizing the Fourth Workshop on Cyber Security and Global Affairs.  This program will take an interdisciplinary view of cyber security and related global issues.  We will have two types of sessions – plenary sessions and break-out sessions.  The plenary presentations will involve a mix of invited speakers and active discussion among the attendees.  The program is structured to facilitate participant interaction. We plan on a session which will facilitate interaction in small groups.

Workshop Venue

The meetings will be held at  C/Jordi Girona,1-3; Edificio A3 (Aula Master); 08034 BARCELONA, SPAIN.

Who should attend

We invite participation of students, faculty, corporate executives, senior government officials, and executives from international organizations.  This is meant to be an interdisciplinary workshop.  Participants with technology, strategy, and law enforcement backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Workshop Program and Agenda – Now Available

Keynote Speakers 

  • Roger Thornton, Alien Vault

Contributing Speakers

  • Alexander Klimburg, Austrian Institute for International Affairs
    • Whole of Nation Cyberpower
  • Arun Sood, George Mason University
    • Reactive Only Strategies are Inadequate: Resilience through Recovery should be part of the solution
  • Bob West, Echelon One
    • Mobility in the Enterprise: Friend or Foe?
  • Boldizsar Bencsath, CrySyS Lab / BME-HIT
    • Technical analysis and information sharing in the handling of high-profile targeted attacks
  • John Callahan, ONR Global
    • “ONR Program Review”
  • John Mallery, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
    • Escalation Control in Cyber Conflict
  • Kais Belgaied, Huawei Technologies Ltd.
    • Analysis of the Propagation and Approaches to Mitigation of the Cyber Security Risk associated with Federated Identity
  • Miguel Correia, INESC-ID/IST
    • Critical Information Infrastructure Protection: Urgent VS Important”
  • Nick Akerman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
    • Using The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Against Insider Thefts
  • Richard Aldrich, Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Encryption and Privacy Post-9/11:  A Double-Edged Sword
  • Zsolt Nemeth, Camphora Consulting
    • Black ICE or the feasibility and legal aspects of counter-attacks.


      Global laws and current trends for data protection

      Cyber Security in Telcom

      Financial Services Industry

Organizing Committee

Dr. Arun Sood, Professor Computer Science and Co-Director International Cyber Center, George Mason University – Organization Committee Chair
Dr. Stuart Malawer, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and International Trade, George Mason University
Mr. Jerry Archer, Chief Security Officer and SVP, Sallie Mae
Mr. Manuel García-Cervigón, Managing Director, esCERT-UPC, Barcelona, Spain
Mr. Toni Felguera Segador, Head of Security R&D, Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnologic

Other Attendees

Workshop Topics

In general, the workshop will deal with strategic, policy, technology and global issues.  The cyber security threat is not constrained by national boundaries.  Thus, the international implications of the security and privacy issues is very important in this workshop. 

Some of the topics to be covered in the workshop are:

  1. International Cyber Security Governance
  2. Policy, technology, human factors in cyber security
  3. Cyber warfare, intelligence, defense and preparedness 
  4. Cyber risk assessment and reduction 
  5. International standards of privacy 
  6. Cyber crime and other malicious activity 
  7. Intellectual Property Rights protection
  8. Preventing Information Leakage
  9. Secure data storage / archiving
  10. Evolving threats
  11. Threat independent approaches to protection

Call for Papers

Participantion in this workshop is by invitation.  Participants will have an opportunity to participate actively in the discussions, make presentations during the plenary sessions or in the break out sessions.  Interested participants should submit a one page abstract for evaluation by the workshop organizing committee.  The abstract submission and processing schedule is:

Abstract due                          – 15 May 2022  25 May 2022 (extended)
Selection and notification        – 30 May 2022
Final submission                    – 10 June 2022

Email the abstracts to Dr Arun Sood – asood (at) gmu (dot) edu


Please register using the
registration form here.


The workshop organizers expect that they will be able to offer scholarships to a few attendees.  The scholarship will partially cover the costs in connection with the workshop. Please contact Dr. Arun Sood: asood (at) gmu (dot) edu.