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University of Maryland University College and The Cyber Center for Education & Innovation, Home of the National Cryptologic Museum, to Host Cyber at the Crossroads

Twenty years ago, gaps in the U.S. government’s ability to detect and respond to an attack on its information systems revealed that our national critical infrastructure was vulnerable to coordinated cyber attacks. The resulting 1997 Department of Defense exercise, Eligible Receiver 97 (ER97) program was widely viewed as a stark and alarming institutional wake up call.

On October 10, 2017, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and The Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI), Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), will present a one-day symposium featuring renowned national cybersecurity leaders from government, military, industry and academia who will address wide-ranging implications of ER97, the progress we have made, and what the future may hold regarding the security of our cyber-enabled systems.

 Topics include:

  • The roots of ER97 and its resulting initiatives
  • A look at how ER97 applies today and the important choices we now face
  • An exploration of some alternative cyber futures
  • A discussion of current administration initiatives to secure America’s cyber infrastructure
Keynote speakers include Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator, and John Hamre, Ph.D., president and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies, former deputy secretary of defense (1997–2000).

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of ER97 and many believe that today we are at a crossroads regarding cyber as an underpinning of our military, economic, financial, and political systems. In the 20 years since ER97, we can ask: What progress have we made in eliminating vulnerabilities and enhancing the security of our cyber-enabled systems? Are we becoming more secure or are we losing ground?

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017  8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Where: University of Maryland University College in the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783

Get parking information and Driving directions here.

Register to attend on site or online at

Credentialed media wishing to cover/attend the symposium must register via email ( or call Bob Ludwig at 301-877-7614.