On February 24th and 25th, 2022, the Citadel military college in Charleston, SC, hosted the third of four events in the Jack Voltaic Conference Series coordinated through the Army Cyber Institute.
NUARI representatives Phil Susmann, John Kunelius, Kristen Pedersen, Ph.D., Pedro Rosario, and Tom Muehleisen attended the two-day event sharing research findings, reviewing exercise tools, attending workshops and discussions all focused on strengthening our nation's critical infrastructure resiliency.
Following the Jack Voltaic 3.0 in September 2020, there was a need to continue to drive awareness regarding critical infrastructure resiliency.
The four events in the Jack Voltaic (JV) Conference Series are an excellent opportunity to engage leaders, stakeholders, and cybersecurity experts and reinforce the "whole of community" approach to critical infrastructure resilience.
"It's too important to conduct once, write down some lessons and then move on, rather, we wanted to continue to foster an ecosystem of information and knowledge exchange through a series of conferences with Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, the Georgia Cyber Center, The Citadel and the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute at the University of Illinois." Said Col. Jeffrey Erickson, director of the Army Cyber Institutes, in an interview with the online publication c4isrnet.com.
The conference's Keynote Address was delivered Thursday morning by Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, Commanding General, US Army Cyber Command, followed by remarks from SC Governor Henry D. McMaster. Event highlights on day one included reviewing research results from the Jack Voltaic exercise, discussing and reviewing the "Current State of Critical Infrastructure Protection in the State of South Carolina," and exploring "Cyber Education for Critical Infrastructure Protection."
In an invitation-only event, Friday morning, NUARI's Director of Exercises, Tom Muehleisen, led Citadel cadets through a simulated cyber-attack utilizing our Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-making Exercises (DECIDE®) platform. Other conference attendees could participate in an alternate tabletop exercise: "Critical Infrastructure in the State of South Carolina."
On May 4-5, 2022, the fourth and final conference in the Jack Voltaic 3.0 series will be hosted by the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois. More information and registration can be found here.