Friday, March 31, 2023
Hybrid (In-person and Online)

Chicago's Premier Cybersecurity Education Conference

Conference: 8 am - 5 pm CST Reception: 5 pm - 6 pm CST

Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60616


A dynamic and growing number of organizations have contributed to the success of this conference, including AccessData, Argonne National Laboratory, Authentify, the Chicago Police Department, Cisco, CompTIA, Computer Associates, the FBI, Fermilab, Fortinet, Guidance Software, IBM, IEEE, KPMG, Microsoft, Motorola, Sungard, UniForum, U.S. Army, X-Ways Forensics, and many others. Speakers and participants continue to represent local, regional, national, and international organizations and universities.


This conference aims to be a source for researchers, university academics, computing professionals, and upper-level students interested in the techniques, laws, and training initiatives currently being implemented and adapted for secure computing.

The United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The university’s Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE) is at the core of Illinois Tech’s designation.

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2022 Keynote Speakers and Agenda

We are currently working on our 2023 keynote speakers and agenda. Check back often for updates.

Mr. Don Means Jr.

Director, Operations and Infrastructure Center

Defense Information Systems Agency

Subject Matter Keynote Speaker

Brig. Gen. Paul T. Stanton

Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

U.S. Army

Subject Matter Keynote Speaker

Eric Burger

Research Professor of Computer Science, Former White House Assistant Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy and FCC CTO Georgetown University

Subject Matter The Pandemic Changed Everything Cyber, so Why is Everything the Same?

2022 Speaker Sessions

We are currently working on our 2023 speakers. Check back often for updates.

Dennis Leber

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, CISO and CTO

University of Tennessee Health and Science Center (UTHSC) Cybersecurity Literacy

Nikki Robinson

Security Architect / Adjunct Professor

IBM/Capitol Technology University An Exploratory Study into Vulnerability Chaining Blindness

Anthony Lashkare

Head of Engineering / Office of the CTO

Check Point Software The Decline and Fall of the (Roman Empire) Traditional Data Center

Charles Herring

CTO at WitFoo Machine Learning in PsyOps & Social Engineering

Margaret Cunningham

Principal Scientist, Human Behavior and Analytics

Forcepoint Methods for Building Trust in Analytics to Improve Cyber Situation Awareness

Dr. Stephanie Carter, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSK, CISA


CoalFire Systems Inc Overcoming Container Security Risks

James Bone

Executive Director

GRCIndex (dba, Cognitive Risk Institute) Quantifying Human Factor Impacts in Cybersecurity

Shantanoo Govilkar

Vice President – Strategic Solutions

DivIHN Integration Inc. Choosing a Career Path in Cybersecurity

Renita Rhodes

Lead Audit Manager-Information Security / Cybersecurity Adjunct Professor Wells Fargo/Maryville University Cyberattacks on These Most Vulnerable US Organizations Could Have the Greatest Adverse Impact

Quiana Bradshaw

Assistant Professor

Campbellsville University Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Ronnie Kurlander

Construction and Real Estate Industry Lead / Chief Information Officer and Executive Advisor Hartman Executive Advisors Aligning Cyber Security Practices with Corporate Safety Programs

Eric Ruggles

Deputy, Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 Operations

U.S. Army Critical skills for Army Cybersec professionals, IT Modernization, Persistent engagement, and Preparing a Cybersec workforce for Cyber.

Marilyn Brown

U.S. Army Cyber Command, G1 Programs and Policy Division

U.S. Army Army internships for cybersecurity and integrating college graduates (civ) in the Army Cyber workforce

Shraddha Lashkare

Graduate Student

Illinois Institute of Technology Ways of an Effective Cyber Incident Management

Robin Bylenga

Human Factors Performance Lead

scoutbee Adapting the Human Factors Analysis Classification System (HFACS) to Cybersecurity

Dr. Dustin Fraser

Adjunct Cybersecurity Instructor

Cooper Union Cybersecurity Skills in Developing Countries

Anthony Hendricks

Director and Chair of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group

Crowe & Dunlevy The Multiverse of Madness: Navigating the 50-State Approach to Privacy and Security

Marwan Omar

Assistant Professor

Saint Leo University Quantifying the Performance of Adversarial Training on Language Models with Distribution Shifts

Stephen Boyce

Director – Magnet Digital Investigation Suite (MDIS)

Magnet Forensics Augmenting the Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage With Automation

Maurice Dawson Jr., Ph.D., D.CS., SMIEEE, CSSLP, CGEIT, CCISO, CDPSE

Director of IIT Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C2SAFE)

Assistant Professor of Information Technology and Management Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology An Overview of the Cybersecurity Profession
Laura Élan

Laura Élan

Senior Director of Cybersecurity

MxD Overview of the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program

Speaking Opportunities

If you are interested in speaking, joining a panel, or presenting a poster session at ChiCyberCon, please submit a proposal by February 24.

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Registration Info

Join the more than 200 students and practitioners who attend this fun-filled technical conference each year. This is a multitrack, industry-focused event that includes discussion on forensics, security, data/information governance, cybercrime and security, cybersecurity legislation, ethical hacking, cloud forensics, steganography, policy and compliance, identity theft, and more.


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