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The U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Institute Will Host Conference on History and Future of Cybersecurity

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Andrew Phillips, the academy’s academic dean, said the conference will feature a panel on the alliance of the private and public sectors in developing cybersecurity. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker who served jail time for breaking into computer networks.

Also speaking will be U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Baltimore County, and Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, a former head of U.S. Strategic Command and former deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The academy has been working to make cyberwarfare a part of its curriculum. The Class of 2015 already has had its first cybersecurity instruction. It will be taking another course next year.

The academy also is developing a Cyber Operations major.

In 2010, the Naval Academy announced a goal of starting construction on a $100 million Cyber Security Studies center in 2014. The center would be between the Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall. Naval Academy officials have yet to release plans for the center.

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