Brendan Applegate, Deputy Director for Planning at GT2’s Center for Threat Management participated as a panel speaker at Cyberfest 2016, a cyber security conference held at the Hilton La Jolla-Torrey Pines hotel in San Diego, California on October 27. Cyberfest 2016 was the fourth annual cyber security conference produced by the Securing Our eCity Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating a safe and secure digital neighborhood.
Mr. Applegate participated in a panel discussion entitled “Surviving a Cyber Disaster,” which focused on mitigation of a cyber attack’s ability to cripple a business. Panelists discussed topics including ways in which the cyber threat is unique with respect to disaster preparedness, the importance of cyber incident response plans, resources for small and medium-sized businesses to begin planning and preparation to survive a large-scale cyber attack, and the ever-present human factor in implementation of effective cyber security. Many of these insights were the result of a 2013 cyber threat awareness, response, and recovery program conducted by the CTM team in San Diego, in partnership with Securing Our eCity and the City of San Diego.
Mr. Applegate is a recognized subject matter expert in the planning and conduct of operational research programs to evaluate asymmetric threats and the complex interdisciplinary strategies implemented to manage them. Mr. Applegate leverages more than fifteen years of work with the U.S. Navy in the areas of systems engineering, test and evaluation, and field experimentation to communicate the nature of the cyber threat and effective measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of an attack.
For more information about CyberFest 2016, please visit the SOeC website: https://securingourecity.org/cyberfest-2016#scd