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 3/25/2015  to 3/26/2015 


 Black Canyon Conference Center (BCCC), Phoenix, AZ 


 Tammy Kicker, (703) 247-9494, [email protected] 


The Southwest Cybersecurity Summit

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"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."   - John Muir

Digital connectedness makes us vulnerable. 

Cyber threats are one of the defining perils of our time.  They threaten national and economic security and are aimed at governments, corporations, organizations of all types, and individuals.   

Personal devices, shopping, entertainment, telecommunications, manufacturing, supply chains, enterprise networks and critical infrastructure; virtually every aspect of or national economy depends on digital systems and networks. 

As a society we have driven full speed into a world of ever-expanding connectedness in business, government, media and our personal lives, many times without regard to the consequences.

In its most recent survey the Pew Research Internet Project reported that 61% of the respondents agreed that a major attack causing widespread harm would occur by 2025.  One of the respondents said: “Connectedness begets vulnerability.”  Many disagree with the likelihood a “Cyber Pearl Harbor” scenario, but perhaps even more troubling is the rampant hacking, theft, fraud, spying other bad behaviors are aimed at us, our networks and our data.


The purpose of CYBERWEST is to bring together Government and businesses to:

  • Exchange information and learn in areas of policy and strategy; technology and R&D; workforce training and education; and economic, legal, regulatory and insurance impacts
  • Discuss cybersecurity issues and to focus on applied cybersecurity (i.e. implementing the NIST framework, R&D, legal and regulatory perspectives, state and local approaches)
  • Present content that attendees can take back and use in their organizations


The CYBERWEST program is focused on technologies and strategies that can help defend your systems and data against evolving cyber threats, today and into the future.  The purpose is to:

  • Exchange information and learn in areas of policy and strategy; and technology and R&D; workforce training and education; economic, legal, regulatory and insurance
  • Discuss cybersecurity issues and to focus on applied cybersecurity (i.e. implementing the NIST framework, R&D, legal and regulatory perspectives, state and local approaches
  • Present content that attendees can take back and use in their organizations

Daily Program

 Wednesday  Thursday


Gilbert OrrantiaGilbert Orrantia
Director, Department of Homeland Security, State of Arizona


Daniel Ennis
Director NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center 

Ron Ross
Information Technology Laboratory
Computer Security Division, NIST

Ms Roberta Stempfley
Director Of Cyber Strategy Implementation, MITRE

Robert Butler
Chief Security Officer, Baselayer
Former DASD Cyber Policy, DoD

Peter Christensen
Director, National Cyber Range, DoD


Special Program


Wounded Heroes Fishing Project

Presentation on partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Fishing for Veterans Project

Thursday, March 26, 1:30 PM

Learn about the good work being done to heal veterans and their families through participation in (FCO) programs.  An all volunteer, not-for-profit, FCO serves the greater veteran community  and is working to host with the Bureau of Land Management a project event at Lake Havasu.


“It is so quiet out here on the water."  

"Thanks for your encouragement. These events do mean a lot to us.”

“I have been in therapy since I was assigned to river boats in Vietnam and this is the first time I have had the courage to get on a boat. Don’t worry; I am having the time of my life. Thank you for giving me the chance.” 

“I have not seen my wife and kids smile this much since I got home.” 

- comments from veterans participating in the WHFP

The Wounded Heroes Fishing Project (WHFP) is focusing on those in our community with the greatest need. Simply put, the number of military and veteran suicides is rising, and experts fear it will continue to rise despite aggressive suicide prevention campaigns by the government and private organizations.  WHFP is a project of (FCO).

FCO is here to CONNECT and EMPOWER.  In addition to the suicide rates increasing, there are 22 million U.S. veterans, with more than six million receiving medical care every year.  Numerous organizations are trying to help veterans, but in an ad hoc manner; this has to stop! 



Black Canyon Conference Center (BCCC)

9440 N 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 944-0569


Centrally located, the conference center is located in the Black Canyon corridor in Phoenix, Arizona with convenient access to the freeway system. Only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, the center is easy for travelers to reach.




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Phoenix North Courtyard by Marriott
Single/King $140 per night (group rate)

Click here to book your room >> Book at the group rate
Guests may call the Marriott reservation line at 1-800-228-9290. Please reference the Southwest Cybersecurity group name to receive the special group rate.  This hotel will have brand new renovations completed by end of 2014.

The group rate is available now until Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
You are encouraged to make hotel reservations very soon, as the hotels in Phoenix area tend to get filled up with fans going to MLB Cactus League games.

 There are three hotels within walking distance of the conference center in Phoenix, Arizona, and others are within a short drive.

Other local hotels are:

Spring Hill Suites Phoenix North

Town Place Suites Phoenix North

Ask for the Black Canyon Conference Center preferred rate.

Register Now Online!  Pre-registration to close March 17th.

US Government regular fee eliminated!  No-Fee to attend expires March 16th. 

Register online for CYBERWEST thru the NDIA Event Portal. You may use your current NDIA customer number or email address. If you do not have an account, you must create one and then return to select the event from the schedule of events to complete your the registration process.

Government Attendees

  • U.S. Government & Active Duty Military
    Registration is complimentary for US Government Employees and active duty US military. Valid Government Employee ID is required.
    (email must be noted as .gov or .mil)
  • Meal Pass option is available for $60 for the entire event
  • Contractors nor FFRDC's do not qualify under complimentary Government registration and must register as Industry
  • Non-US/Allied Government attendees MUST register via Fax or e-mail using the requested form. Select this PDF form link to Open/View/Download. The two-day meal pass is included with this registration type.  Contact Tammy Kicker ([email protected]) should you have any questions pertaining to the Allied Government Registration Form.

Academia Attendees

  • To qualify for Academia Registration you must be a full-time student or professor at an academic institution. Adjunct professors or part-time students who have full-time employment are not eligible. (email is noted as .edu)
  • Two-day meal pass included with Academia registration.

Industry Registration

  • Two-day meal pass included with industry registration.

Government Registration
Schedule & Fees




Jan 16 thru Mar 16

Mar 17 to Mar 26

 U.S. Government Civilian/Active Military Fees

U.S. Government & Active Duty Military

(A two-day meal pass per government perdiem guidelines is available for purchase at time of online registration - not available to purchase onsite due to logistics - see below)



Two-Day Meal Pass option for U.S. Government registrants



All of other Registration Schedule & Fees


Jan 16 to Mar 9


10th -26th

Non-U.S./Allied Government Fees


Non-US/Allied Government
(register by form only above)



Academia Fees
Academic Institutions (Fulltime Employees)



Industry Fees

Industry Member AFEI/NDIA



Industry Non-Member AFEI/NDIA & Affiliates



Registration & Commitment/Cancellation Guidelines

With your purchase of full registration, attendees are entitled access (unless otherwise stipulated) to:

  • All General Sessions
  • Access to Exhibit and Sponsor displays for CYBERWEST
  • Daily Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, Networking buffet Luncheon
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Speaker Proceedings (if releasable by Speaker)

For Government: Consider your complimentary registration as a commitment to attend.

AFEI is committed to foster dialogue between Government and Industry on critical issues and offer free registration due to restrictions placed on travel and event attendance. We ask our ”no fee” registered colleagues to place the same importance on attending the event as if payment was made as it does impact key elements to the events learning objectives and outreach.

All cancellations must be in writing. A refund less $75.00 will be given until Feb 15, 2015.  After this date no refunds will be issued. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of a cancellation. Requests for substitutions must be made in writing to Tammy Kicker
([email protected]).

AFEI reserves the right to make changes and updates to this website and all event information.

Become a Sponsor

Your message is important.  Sponsorships provide an opportunity to get your message in front of a broad audience for visibility and reach. You can strengthen your market position, make key contacts, showcase your products and services, and develop relationships with new customers, while reinforcing your existing customer relations.

Sponsorships add a critical tool to your current marketing strategy.

Specific sponsorships receive lightning round briefs during the lunch period or opportunities to introduce speakers.

Sponsorship Brochure
(Download/View/Print for sponsor opportunities)

Sponsorship Contract 
(Downloadable fillable pdf file)









Who will attend?

Government agency decision makers, prime contractors, systems integrators, technology vendors, researchers, educators, FFRDC's and consultants engaged with in cybersecurity.

Contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected] or (703-247-9494) for details on how to become a sponsor at this event and receive the Sponsorship Registration Form.

AFEI reserves the right to update the content and/or dates that reflect the needs of the program and event.


Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform for military. During registration and check-in, each participant will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a picture ID. Badges must be worn at all conference functions.

Special Needs
AFEI supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Tammy Kicker, at (703)247- 9494,
[email protected]).


The CYBERWEST Southwest Cybersecurity Summit will allocate a tabletop display as part of the sponsorship package. Cybersecurity vendors will showcase their capabilities and solution offerings.

For questions regarding CYBERWEST please contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected] or (703) 247-9494

2015 THEME

Meeting Today's Challenges - Securing the Future

Abstract Submission has closed as of January 6th.

Thank you to those that made Abstract Submissions for CYBERWEST.
The review process is currently underway.  You will be contacted via email after the final review and selection process. Submitters will be notified of the planning committee decision by
January 30, 2015.
Should your abstract be selected, further details on the event and speaking logistics will be provided.

Abstracts not selected for this event may be nominated for presentation at future AFEI sessions or NDIA Cyber Division events.

CYBERWEST is your opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership to a highly qualified audience wanting to learn the latest in cybersecurity.

We invite high-quality, professional presentations that integrate with the theme and address the focus areas being featured in the 2015 sessions.  The topics reflect the impact that cybersecurity is having our businesses, our communities, and our world.  Share your best practices, successes, and proven techniques to an audience representing an array of government, commercial industry and academia. 

Focus areas

Supply chain security and resilience
Making supply tiers secure, counterfeits/fraud, best practices for securing vendor remote access, audit and accountability, assessing suppliers

Critical infrastructure and control systems
Cyber-physical systems, reliability and safe operation, protecting ICS/SCADA systems, engineering/manufacturing/business/logistics systems interfaces, impacts of mobility and end-point security

Cyber defense and mitigation
Attribution, recovery and resilience (time cost and other factors); trends in tools to identify and thwart cyber-attacks; detect breaches; assist in rapid recovery

Cyber implications for corporate Boards
Role of corporate governance, audit, compliance, assurance, risk management; cyber insurance, current trends, effectiveness, risk, metrics; privacy issues, economic cost and reputational effects

Information sharing
methodologies and structures; detection, trends, and protective measures; mandatory versus voluntary breach disclosures, regulatory implications

NIST Cybersecurity Framework implementation
Use cases and/or case studies

Cyber ranges: design and use
Testing tools and models, distributed/neutral environments, attack propagation and defensive methodologies

Education and training
cyber workforce training, non-cyber workforce training, general population, STEM and cyber education


Presentation abstracts must include proposed presentation title, an informative session abstract (50 – 150 words) that addresses how the topic relates to the theme, and contact information and bio for the submitter.

CYBERWEST maintains a 100% vendor neutral / no commercial policy for all session presentations. If speakers cannot respect this policy, they should not submit a proposal.  Violating this policy will result in the company/organization not being invited to return.

Abstract submission portal opens early December.

Deadline for submission is January 5, 2015. 

AFEI is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association and this is NDIA’s standard abstract submittal process. 

Submittal instructions:  Submissions must include proposed presentation title, an informative session abstract (50 – 150 words) that addresses how the topic relates to the theme, and contact information and bio for the submitter.

Submitters must complete all required fields for the abstract to be submitted.  Once the submission form is complete, click on the Preview button at the bottom of the page to review the submission for correctness, completeness and readability (Note:  When cutting and pasting text use this feature to be sure the form has not altered paragraphing or spacing.)  When satisfied click the submit button.  You should then be taken back to the AFEI event page Http://


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College of Security and Intelligence


the ERAU Worldwide Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership


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