MET to Host Global Cybersecurity Meet-Up

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March 8th, 2016

MET to Host Global Cybersecurity Meet-Up

Information security has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and with leading graduate programs in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity offered at MET, BU has been selected to host the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, which unites academics, specialists, and officials from around the globe, will be held March 17-18, and chaired by MET Dean Tanya Zlateva, with Professor Virginia Greiman of the Department of Administrative Sciences serving as program chair.

Press Release

Boston, March 2, 2016—Boston University is pleased to serve as host of the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, to be held March 17–18 at Boston University’s Charles River campus, brings together practitioners and academics from around the globe to discuss the complex aspects of cybersecurity and cyber warfare faced by international communities.

Cybersecurity has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and for ten years the International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) has united field academics and specialists from more than 40 countries to present information security research findings and solutions. As national intelligence has become entangled with the need for cybersecurity, corporate competitiveness and privacy concerns have become intertwined. In this era of severe security breaches, identity theft, digital fraud, online drug-trafficking, and online dating-related threats, the work done and shared at ICCWS is more urgent and relevant than ever before.

BU’s Metropolitan College (MET) has been a leading educator in information security for over a decade, and MET Dean Tanya Zlateva will chair the conference alongside MET Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences Virginia A. Greiman. Dean Zlateva, a member of the Boston University faculty since 1990, has committed much of her research to information security, as well as educational technologies, for the past ten years.

“Boston University is very pleased to host this year’s International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security,” says Dean Zlateva, who also serves as director of security programs at MET. “Our degree programs and faculty research in the area of cybersecurity are well known, and have been certified by the Committee on National Security Systems. BU’s prowess in the field has also earned our designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. ICCWS is a wonderful opportunity to experience Boston, while engaging and networking with the top minds in cybersecurity.”

Zlateva is a founding director of Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS), which was instrumental in the University’s designation as a National Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Education. The dean continues to serve as co-director of RISCS, and, in 2010, was part of the team that secured two $3 million grants from the National Science Foundation. The funds support two major research projects: “Securing the Open Softphone” and “Towards Trustworthy Interactions in the Cloud.”

Joining Dean Zlateva as program chair, Professor Greiman is an internationally recognized expert on cyber trafficking, cyber-law, and security, who also served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston’s $15 billion “Big Dig” project. “We are honored to host this event and look forward to collaborating with the many security and military organizations, national defense colleges, and researchers in cybersecurity and warfare that will attend this event from around the world,” says Professor Greiman.

This year’s ICCWS will feature a pair of keynote speeches from government officials that bring deep experience confronting the realities of information security. “Is Security Achievable? A Practical Perspective” will be explored by National Security Agency Information Assurance Technical Director Neal Ziring. From the Department of Defense, Program Manager for Business Enterprise Integration, Daryl Haegley, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, will deliver a lecture entitled “Control Systems Networks…What’s in Your Building?”

As an academic leader in the field, Metropolitan College’s commitment to the sophisticated matters of cybersecurity makes Boston University uniquely suited to host this year’s ICCWS. The conference will provide ample opportunity to network with local and international colleagues while drawing a variety of security and military organizations, including the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, NATO, Homeland Security, and more than 10 national defense colleges. Doctoral degree candidates can participate in the conference through the submission of research papers and conference posters. A master class on cyber warfare is the latest addition to the conference, held on the day preceding the event.

To learn more about the March 17–18 conference, including a detailed program schedule, please visit the website at, or contact Dean Zlateva at or Professor Greiman at


About Boston University’s Metropolitan College

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 32,500 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.

As one of those colleges, Metropolitan College offers more than 70 part-time undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. For half a century, the Metropolitan College mission has been to broaden the reach of BU—ensuring that the resources of a leading research university are accessible to the community and the world via part-time study during the evening or through innovative online and blended programs. For more information, visit


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