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International Workshop of Global Security Features Quantum Research International Employee

(Huntsville, AL – November 17, 2014) — Quantum Research International, Inc. (Quantum) was an associate sponsor for the International Workshop of Global Security. The annual event, planned by The Center for Strategic Decision Research and co-hosted by the French Institut des Hautes études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN), (an equivalent to the U.S. National War College), was held this year in Paris, France on October 27-28, 2014. The workshop was sponsored by the French Ministry of Defense, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as 14 security industry companies, including Quantum. This extremely well attended event was held in the Hôtel National des Invalides, a French monument in the heart of Paris which is also home to the French Army Museum, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte. Participants from more than 20 countries included senior NATO and European Union (EU) leaders, ambassadors from a number of nations, military and government experts, and business executives from sponsoring companies.

The 31st International Workshop on Global Security was presented in Paris in October, 2014 at the Hotel National des Invalides, in partnership with the Center for Strategic Decision Research, the Institut des hautes etudes de defense nationale (IHEDN) within the Prime Minister's organization, NATO, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other organizations. (Photo by Jean Lee, The Center for Strategic Decision Research)

Mr. Tim Bloechl, Director, Cyber Security Quantum Research International, served on the Advisory Board of the 31st International Workshop on Global Security. (Photo by Jean Lee, The Center for Strategic Decision Research)

Major sponsorship was provided by Lockheed Martin, McAfee part of Intel, Microsoft, MITRE, Fortinet, Tiversa, Area SpA, and Dyn, with associate sponsorship from Kaspersky Lab, FireEye, URS, Swivel Secure, and Quantum Research International. (Photo by Jean Lee, The Center for Strategic Decision Research)

This year's workshop theme was "New Challenges to Global Security--from Russia post-Crimea to Cyber Security post-Snowden." Discussion focused on a range of issues including defense challenges facing NATO and the EU, the crisis in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, energy and economic concerns, and other international security issues. Cyber Security discussions dominated the event in the wake of escalating attacks against commercial interests and critical infrastructure. Senator Jean-Marie Bockel of the French Senate declared cyber security to be a national French priority, and his comments were echoed by speakers from the U.S. and several EU nations, including Major General David Senty (USAF, Retired), the Former Chief of Staff for U.S. Cyber Command; MG John Allan Davis, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy for the U.S. Department of Defense; and Chris Painter, the lead U.S. State Department official for international cyber issues.

Quantum's Director for Cyber Security, Mr. Tim Bloechl, was a speaker on an IT and security industry panel along with Microsoft's global leader for public safety and national security; Tenable Network Security's Europe, Middle East and Africa technical director; and a distinguished scholar from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Bloechl, who previously led the U.S. DoD's international cyber security program and served in the Joint Task Force-Computer Network Defense, an early U.S. Cyber Command predecessor, presented a talk entitled "The Known Unknowns of the Cyber Threat." He outlined some of the key tests facing the cyber security community. He focused on technology challenges facing today's cyber defenders, education weaknesses, the growing problem in supply and demand for training cyber security personnel, legal and policy limitations, and the requirement for robust research and development to turn the tide against the disturbing acceleration of attacks against corporations and government agencies. He also emphasized the critical need for organizations of all sizes to conduct periodic Penetration Tests (PENTEST) and Vulnerability Assessments given the current and escalating cyber threat and major corporation breaches. PENTEST and Vulnerability Assessments allow organizations to constantly adjust defenses to plug holes in, what he called, "an expandingly leaky dike." In conclusion, he called for the need to loosen existing government encryption policies to enhance data security and personal privacy, and the conduct of continuous penetration testing.

Following the workshop, speakers provide written summaries of their comments which are included in a workshop proceedings book normally distributed a few months after the event. When published, these documents will also be available online at www.csdr.org.



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