DakotaCon 2013: South Dakota’s Premiere Security Event

DakotaCon, South Dakota’s premier security event, returns to the Dakota State University campus on Friday March 22nd, through Sunday, March 24th, in Madison, S.D. This year Dakota State is combining three outstanding programs into three days to bring the best and the brightest individuals in cyber security together for this premier event.

The 2013 event starts Friday with free presentations from nationally recognized cyber security speakers including the keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Margaret DeLuca “Peg” Klein, Chief of Staff,United States Cyber Command. 

Other cyber security sessions will be led by Mike Sikorski with Mandiant Labs, Eric Smith with Lares Consulting, Jeff Slocum and Mike Klein (DSU Alumnus) with South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), Dr. Jared Demott with Harris Crucial Security, Dave Kennedy with TrustedSec, Justin Searle with UtiliSec and Aaron Fields (DSU Alumnus) with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. These session topics include the Cyber Corps program at DSU, Microsoft BlueHat conference, network defense on the state level and penetration and security testing in the electric utilities industry and other areas.   

Also taking place on Friday, March 22nd, on the DSU campus is the newly developed Industry Advisory Board. The Cyber Security Programs at Dakota State University developed the Board to help formulate and shape the Cyber Security Programs at DSU. The missions of the Cyber Security Programs are to provide quality instruction, inspire scholarship, create opportunities for DSU students and transfer knowledge and skills that will prepare students for the cyber security workforce.  The board is being created to help support the mission of the Cyber Security Programs and build stronger relationships with the organizations that hire DSU students.  

“We want to ensure we are producing the best employees possible for area employers, while providing better opportunities for internships and employment for our students,” states Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, DSU assistant professor of information assurance/forensics. 

Along with presentations on Friday, the North Central Region Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) will be held on Saturday, March 23rd. This competition gives students the chance to test their knowledge by building, protecting, and maintaining a realistic network and operations environment. This is the first nationally recognized competition that specifically focuses on the operational aspect of managing, securing, and defending a “commercial” network infrastructure. Participating teams will be required to demonstrate their ability to withstand and defend against real-time network security attacks. This is the 5th regional CCDC competition that DSU has hosted. The public is invited to come watch the competition.  

On Sunday, March 24th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., day-long trainings from the nation’s top security professionals will take place. These trainings are open to the public and the cost to register is $300. Some trainings are capped, so seating is limited. The focus of Sunday’s trainings are “Bug Hunting > Exploitation,” “Pentesting Smart Grid and SCADA,” and “Bypassing Security Defenses – Secret Penetration Testing Techniques.”

Sponsors of the event include the Department of Defense, Dakota State University College of Business and Information Systems, Dakota State Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems, U.S. Department of Homeland Security,   SDN Communications, Chenega Logistics, LLC and First Premier Bank.

For information on trainings, presenters and to sign up for DakotaCon, log on to www.dakotacon.org. You can follow DakotaCon on Twitter (@DakotaCon). For question about the event, contact Dr. Josh Pauli, Associate Professor of Cyber Security at Dakota State University via email, at josh.pauli@dsu.edu.

For additional information on the CCDC event, go to http://ia.dsu.edu/ccdc. You can follow CCDC on Twitter (@NC_CCDC).

Last Updated: 3/15/13