Cyber Symposium 2018

Welcome to the CCIS/Simula Cyber Symposium 2018

Date and time: May 29 2018 from 09:30 to 16:30.

Place: Taket at Steen & Strøm, Nedre Slottsgate 8, Oslo

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The 3rd Cyber and Information Security Symposium, jointly organized by the NTNU Center for Cyber and Information Security (NTNU CCIS) and Simula Research Laboratory (Simula), show-cases research on cyber and information security to Norwegian decision-makers, enabling them to make informed decisions based on the latest research findings. The symposium focuses on addressing key challenges within the society and industry.

The theme for this year’s symposium is The Norwegian Cybersecurity Workforce: "Mind the Gap".  The growing importance of information and cyber security, particularly in highly digitalized country like Norway, and the projection that the cybersecurity workforce gap in the world will hit 1.8 million by 2022, call for action by Norwegian policy makers towards building knowledge capacity through research, education and training.  


The symposium is open to public and private stakeholders of information and cyber security, including policy makers, representatives from research, education and industry.


Preliminary programme

09:30 – 11:00     Registration, coffee, tea, refreshments, mingling and posters

11:00 – 11:10     Welcome Nils Kalstad Svendsen (Head of CCIS) and Olav Lysne (Head of Simula Metropolitan) 

11:10 – 11:20     Official opening, Tommy Skjervold, State Secretary, the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

11:20 – 11:50     Rob Patridge BT Security. Title: Building Resilience by Exploiting Potential

11:50 – 12:20     Professor Diana Burley J, George Washington University. Title: ACM/IEEE/AIS SIGSEC/IFIP Global Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines

12:20 – 13:00     Lunch break, posters and demonstration (Security researchers)

13:00 – 13:20     Janne Hagen, PhD, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Title: How We Work to Build Cyber Workforce for the Energy Sector in Norway

13:20 – 13:40     Thales Norway – Linda Sletne, Director Critical Information Systems and Cyber Security. Title: The Future Demand for Genuises: a Focus on Cryptography   

13:40 – 14:00     Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) -  Leiv J. H. Skaug, Commander, Senior grade. Title: Norwegian National Cryptography 

14:00 – 14:20     Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) - Nils Agne Nordbotten, PhD, Research Manager and Principal Scientist. Title: Cyber Security Research at FFI

14:20 – 14:55     Coffee break

14:55 – 15:25     Major Patrick Bell, United States Military Academy. Title: Meeting the Challenge:  Cyber Education at West Point

15:25 – 15:45     Associate Professor Basel Katts, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Title: Cyber Range as an Educational Platform

15:45 – 16:30     Panel Discussion Cyber Security Education Needs in Norway and the Nordics (Public/Private/Academy). Panel Moderator: Professor Stewart Kowalski, NTNU

16:30                  Official closing


Biography of Mr. Rob Partridge

Rob has a very strong IT and systems background and is well known in the UK Security industry as an esteemed Learning and Development professional. Among other achievements, Rob created, from scratch, an internally and externally facing learning academy at zero cost. He’s often quoted in the UK national press, as well as advising the government on policy issues like the cyber skills gap and high unemployment rates in computer science. He is passionate about creating the cyber workforce of the future, and has introduced cyber security as a profession to thousands of school students in the UK, inspiring them to think about security as a profession in the future. Rob has been in his current role for 6 years. Educated in business studies at Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Kent, Rob has worked for BT for 28 years. He is a member of various employer panels for development of learning solutions (specifically apprenticeships and neurodiversity) and is also responsible for hosting Cyber Security Challenge Master Class events on behalf of BT. Rob is also a fire fighter with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service, and in his spare time enjoys running half marathons and marathons, competing in triathlons and, more peacefully, scuba diving.

Biography of Dr. Diana Burley

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), Associate Dean for Research and External Relations (Interim) and Full Professor of Human & Organizational Learning at The George Washington University (GW) Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Prior to GW, she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio for the US National Science Foundation. She has written more than 85 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing, and IT-enabled change; testified before the US Congress; conducted international cybersecurity awareness training on behalf of the US government; and advised national and state-level governments around the world on cybersecurity policy, workforce development, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Burley is a member of the US National Academies Board on Human-Systems Integration. Her honors include: 2017 SC Magazine 8 Women in IT Security to Watch and 2017 SC Magazine ReBoot Award, Educational Leadership in IT Security; 2016 Woman of Influence by the Executive Women’s Forum in Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy; 2014 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year; and 2014 Top Ten Influencer in information security careers. She earned her doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.

Biography of Dr. Janne Hagen

Janne Hagen holds a Master's degrees in Industrial Economy and in Management. She received her PhD in information security in 2009. In 2008-2009 she was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Since April 2016 she has been employed as Head Engineer at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), working with SCADA and ICT security towards the energy sector. Until then, she worked as a Principal Scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) carrying out research on societal security and critical infrastructure protection. Before she moved job to NVE she also held a part time position as associate professor at the University of Stavanger. Janne Hagen has been a member of several expert groups in Norway and worked in many EU funded projects. She was a member of the Norwegian Committee of Digital Vulnerabilities in Society (2014-2015) and is currently a member of the Norwegian Election Act Committee.

Biography of Mr. Patrick J. Bell

Major Patrick J. Bell is a research scientist with the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. He is a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army with experience in unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity, and advising foreign militaries, including two combat tours to Iraq. He holds a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from the United States Military Academy and an MBA with Specializations in Finance, Economics, and Global Business from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Major Bell has been published on a variety of topics including risk preferences, American foreign policy, personal finance, and food security and conflict. Over the last eight months, he has coached the United States Military Academy’s cyber policy team to victories at the inaugural Indo-Pacific Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Sydney, Australia, and the fourth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland.

Biography of Dr. Basel Katt

Basel Katt is an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the department of information security and communication technology. Basel Katt holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, and received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Essen-Duisburg, Germany, and his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.  His research interest lies in the areas of security engineering, security testing, model driven security, security education, access control, and anomaly detection. In 2015 he joined NTNU in Gjøvik and he is leading the System Security research lab.

Biography of Mr. Leiv J H Skaug

Leiv J H Skaug (Commander, Senior grade) has an extensive background from naval and international operations. After joining the security division of the Chief of Defence, which is now NSM (the Norwegian National Security Authority), he has worked with both technical and operational security aspects for civilian and military use. He is currently the head of several areas of information security, including NSM’s two units responsible for cryptography.

Biography of Dr. Nils Agne Nordbotten

Nils Agne Nordbotten is a research manager and principal scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). He is head of the Cyber Security research program at FFI, which includes research projects and activities within preventive security, detection, and incident response. Nordbotten has 15 years’ experience from research within ICT security and reliability. He has a Ph.D. and a cand. scient. degree in informatics from the University of Oslo, and a master’s degree in management from BI Norwegian Business School. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Oslo, where he has been teaching and supervising at the master and doctoral levels for the last six years. 

Event committee

  • Linda Derawi (NTNU CCIS)
  • Ahmed Elmokashfi, PhD, Research Scientist, (Simula)
  • Stewart Kowalski, Professor, Information Security Management, (NTNU CCIS)
  • Inge Øystein Moen (NTNU CCIS)
  • Elisabeth Andersen (Simula)
  • Rachael McCallum (NTNU CCIS)
  • Karoline Hagane (Simula)

Cyber symposium (Illustration: NTNU)




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