Attendees of last year's FBI/KU Cybersecurity Conference gather at tables in an auditorium for a presentation.

FBI and KU Cybersecurity Conference

Bridging the knowledge of government, industry, workforce, and research

Join us as we bring together experts in the cybersecurity field from the FBI, industry, workforce, and research. Sessions will include:

  • Keynotes by FBI and industry executive leadership.
  • Top KU researchers discuss the latest research on cybersecurity, including topics such as resiliency, trust, and disinformation.
  • Panel of industry and government stakeholders discuss best practices and potential threats/attacks.

No filming, recording, or photography, please.



Registration for this event is now open and is $25 per person. KU students can register for free using the code "cyberfree." No on-site registration will be available.


  • Thursday, April 4, 2024


  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


  • KU Memorial Union, 5th floor

  • 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

  • Lawrence, KS 66045

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FBI & KU Cybersecurity Conference
8 a.m. – 8: 15 a.m. 

Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

Doug A. Girod, Chancellor of the University of Kansas

8:25 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Jerry Moran, U.S. Senator for Kansas

8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Christopher A. Wray, FBI Director

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Surviving a Destructive Nation-State Cyber Attack

Stevan Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Global, LLC, and former Executive Vice

President of Global Protection Services, Sony Pictures

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Kenton Brothers

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Guarding the Gateway: Cybersecurity Insights from Startups and Research

Perry Alexander, AT&T Foundation Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Grant Bourzikas, Chief Security Officer & Senior Vice President, Cloudflare

Jason Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Invary

Aaron Weissenfluh, Chief Operating Officer, Tenfold Security

Tricia Bergman, Associate Vice Chancellor, KU Office of Economic Development (Moderator)

11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Snake Malware
Woodruff Auditorium

Joe Lawlor, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI


Session 2: Intel is Like Ice Cream - A Sweet Approach to Intelligence
Big 12 Room

Andrew Northern, Senior Security Researcher, Proofpoint


Session 3: Modern Cybercrime - Threat Hunting. BEC, APT, Oh My
Jayhawk Room

Eric Foster, President, Stairwell

11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Lunch and Student Poster Session

Sponsored by Black & Veatch

1:10 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Ransomware Negotiations
Big 12 Room

Kyle Neuberger, FBI Special Agent

Dylan Meadows, FBI Special Agent


Session 2: Protecting your Privacy
Jayhawk Room

Joseph Emerson, Managing Director, Protiviti

Sean Tassi, Partner, Husch Blackwell


Session 3: Threat Hunting, Blue/Red/Purple Teaming, ATT&CK, D3FEND, and CATs - Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Woodruff Auditorium

Chris Lamb, FBI Supervisory Special Agent

2 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.Break  
2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Securing the Future: Navigating Emerging Trends in Data Privacy
Kansas Union Ballroom

Donna Gomez, Security Risk & Compliance Analyst, Johnson County Park & Recreation District

Melissa Spicer, Director of Cybersecurity, Evergy

Eric Walters, CISO, Burns and McDonnell

John Curran, Vice Chancellor & Chief Risk Officer, KU Office of Risk and Compliance (Moderator)

2:55 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Belinda Sturm, Interim Vice Chancellor, KU Office of Research

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.



FBI and KU Cybersecurity Conference Speakers

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Presenter details

This conference brings together experts in the cybersecurity field from around the U.S. and will highlight the most up-to-date practices, research, and information in cybersecurity, as well as the FBI’s latest analysis of the threats we face in cyberspace.

“Intel is Like Ice Cream: A Sweet Approach to Intelligence”

- Andrew Northern

In "Intel is Like Ice Cream," we unravel the complexities of intelligence analysis through a captivating analogy. We dive into the diverse aspects of intelligence, highlighting the urgency and importance of timely, relevant information. The talk navigates through the essentials of crafting an intelligence strategy, from pinpointing key intelligence needs to effective data collection.

Our goal is to clarify the intelligence lifecycle in a way that's both insightful and approachable. We blend professional expertise with a clear, engaging style to shed light on the subtleties of intelligence work. Expect a session that offers a fresh take on intelligence analysis, making it understandable and intriguing. Join us for an exploration that's as informative as it is enjoyable.


“Ransomware Negotiations”

- Kyle Neuberger

The FBI is the primary investigative agency for cyber intrusions to include ransomware. In addition to investigations, Special Agent Crisis Negotiators also offer negotiation tactics for companies and organizations affected by ransomware. The FBI has seamlessly integrated its extensive history of crisis negotiations to effectively address cybercrime. Leveraging this rich expertise, agents actively engage with victims to assist in employing risk-informed negotiation techniques to achieve the optimal outcome for your organization. 


“Dogs That Hunt – Leveraging skills and training necessary to succeed as a cybersecurity professional.”

Wayne A. Crowder

This talk will examine the personality traits, skills, character, tenacity, and smarts, vital to be an effective cybersecurity professional. We will discuss the false narrative that only tech nerds or geeks make suitable cybersecurity professionals. What does it take to break into security as a profession and are you really cut out for it? Hiring approaches, training, team building exercises and burnout, will also be discussed.

FBI Director Christopher Wray with Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran and KU Chancellor Doug Girod at the 2022 Law Enforcement in the Digital Age conference.
FBI Director Christopher Wray (center) with Kansas Senator Jerry Moran (right) and KU Chancellor Douglas A. Girod at the 2022 Law Enforcement in the Digital Age conference.