Carnegie Mellon University

Martin Carlisle speaking at Global CISO Executive Summit

August 20, 2018

INI professor Dr. Martin Carlisle to speak about picoCTF at Global CISO Executive Summit

By Jessica Corry

INI teaching professor and director of academic affairs Dr. Martin Carlisle is speaking about picoCTF at the Global CISO Executive Summit in Hilton Head Island, SC. His opening keynote, titled "CISOs on a Mission – Closing the Global Cybersecurity Capabilities Gap," is at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21.

In 2017, Dr. Carlisle became the technical director for the picoCTF, a computer security game for middle and high school students. Last year, over 18,000 participants competed in  the cybersecurity competition, which consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. Each year, CMU's four-time DefCon "World Series of Hacking" champion hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), develops the challenges for picoCTF to give students a real, authentic cybersecurity learning experiences.

Today, Dr. Carlisle is picoCTF's educational director and is eager for the 2018 competition, which takes place September 28 through October 12, 2018. 

"I'm excited about picoCTF because it is a fun way for middle and high schoolers to learn skills and get motivated toward careers in cyber security. We have a huge need for more cyber security professionals, and we can't afford to wait until students are in college to let them know about this need and opportunity."

The talk will be moderated by Dave Estlick, CISO of Starbucks Coffee Company, with fellow  speakers Harry Perper, chief engineer for NIST/National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and Sali Osman, NACD Board Fellow Cyber Security, Risk & Compliance Executive Advisor.

Global CISO Executive Summit

August 21, 2018 | 8:00-8:45 A.m.
Hilton Head, The Westin Hilton Head Island

"CISOs on a Mission – Closing the Global Cybersecurity Capabilities Gap"

As a CISO, your work has a higher purpose. Your successes – and failures – reach far beyond your organizations and into the lives of real people across the world. With so much at stake, you can’t afford to have sub-par talent, miss out on ground-breaking innovations, or shoulder the entire cybersecurity load alone. By tapping into the power of your Global network, you don’t have to. In this session, representatives from higher education, government, and the non-profit world converge, expanding your power to address these critical challenges. You’ll choose those most worthy of partnership as you work to close the security capabilities gap and win the cyber war.