The event will be a roof-deck happy hour (rain date is 5/23) which is all about networking, networking, and networking. Early bird pricing is $20.
Come meet like minded professionals for a fun evening of networking in a beautiful, relaxed environment, with an adult beverage in your hand. This event’s theme of Entrepreneurship is reaching multiple sectors such as Government, Technology and Medical; you won’t want to miss this. Your admission includes light fare, beer, wine, and soda.
This is a high profile series open to all area entrepreneurs looking to gain sound and best practice advice from the area’s most qualified mentors. This program is designed to give MITEF members and area entrepreneurs practical, vital information when founding a startup company. Program participants can expect a meaningful and educational engagement complemented by an excellent opportunity to both grow their professional network of fellow and successful entrepreneurs and meet with elite service providers in the Washington, DC area.
Cynthia Traeger is a seasoned founder and entrepreneur. She is CEO of Pacific, a diversified technology & media holding company. Cynthia mentors entrepreneurs globally for the NIH Corporate Ambassadors Program (CAP) and the State Department Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program. For five years she was the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute (DCFI). Cynthia will describe in detail “Pitch Decks” and how to create a “fundable pitch deck”. Come learn the key touch points in presenting successfully to investors!
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, Dc & Baltimore has been busy working on our BIG Fall Event. This season’s topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI). As many of you know the Forum is taking on big topics in a way that only MIT can tackle/”looking around corners” for emerging markets. For myself, I’m not even sure I know enough about AI to be dangerous, certainly not enough to do justice to the topic in structuring a seasonal event. The goal is to get through a lot of the hype, and to get down to the binary for this emerging technical trend.
So, in order to put together an amazing event, I have asked my friend and local AI expert, Arman Anwar, CTO of AppliedAI to assist the Forum with our Fall event agenda. I am so excited about this topic because this seems to be good market timing as the emergence of AI is taking on a certain priority in the interests from industry and technology leaders. Arman and I are reaching out to industry experts for speakers, and subject matter experts. In the following weeks to come, Arman and I will be posting updates here on the MITEF blog.
Here are the details so far:
Stay tuned as we will be announcing details of our Fall event very soon. ~AP
The MIT Enterprise Forum of DC is hosting an event on Self-defending Data this Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 PM – 9PM—the first public discussion on a practical alternative approach to cyber security, enabling Data to defend itself anywhere by putting security controls inside the data itself. It is at the Navy League Building at 2300 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, Virginia, two blocks west from Metro’s Courthouse Station (see https://mitefdc.org)
The event includes showing an operating Proof-of-Concept computer program of this approach’s core technology. It also has a Panel Discussion on Privacy and National Security including Dr. David Bray, current CIO of the FCC, and Thomas Bayer, former CIO of the SEC, and currently CIO of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.
Self-defending Data fundamentally disrupts the Hacker business model—gaining control of a computer’s CPU, and then illicitly accessing the computer’s unprotected data. It nullifies all system processing vulnerabilities, rendering them unable to be exploited, and does so without having to close them individually through reprogramming computer programs, a present day strategy that does not scale!
Frank Sauer is a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Software, and prior, an Apple and Xerox Executive. He, with a small group of colleagues privately conceived and validated this Self-defending Data idea over the past decade. Frank is publicly speaking about this now hoping of starting a more productive conversation for significantly improving Cyber Security. This is not a product, or investment pitch.
SAIC’s Information Assurance Group helps NSA evaluate the security of products for Federal use. After receiving an extended proprietary briefing on Self-defending Data, they wrote:
“The concept is valid.
… [I]t could be revolutionary, if implemented,
in significantly altering future security architectures
Navy League Building
Ground Floor Conference Center
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Free street parking after 6:00 and paid parking available in the building.
There is an entrance to the building from Clarendon Blvd.
We had a chance to sit down with Frank Sauer, former Deputy Assistant Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for Software and Technology. Frank, the speaker for our May 18th cyber security event, will share his experiences and discuss a new approach to cybersecurity.
Current cybersecurity thinking uses a castle and moat strategy, giving access to selected users, and bases security on where the data is located, which enables breaches like Snowden and the CIA to be possible.
Frank elaborated on a new approach to cybersecurity:
“I and a small group have for a decade been doing private, unpublished (on purpose) research on how to practically put the computer’s access controls and permissions into each individual data file.
This approach bases security not on where the data is, but permits data to be anywhere and still have the same security controls and enforcement as if that data were on your own computer.
This will be the first time we will publicly talk about this research, which will also show a proof of concept on the idea behind this research, in order to show this isn’t some “pie in the sky” theory.”
This new research on cybersecurity is combined with the goal of getting industry to work with government to manage system processing hacks (involved in approximately 80% of all data breaches).
If you are an entrepreneur looking for opportunities, the leader of an organization, or just interested in the latest approaches to solve this critical challenge, you don’t want to miss this event.
About 4 months ago, I approached Frank Sauer (MIT Alumni) and asked, “I want to make a totally different type of Cyber security event. I want to start a discussion; a discussion tackling the issue of Cyber security in a way in which only MIT (MITEF) can tackle it…” ~AP
So, why is this cyber security event different?
Mr. Sauer, former FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Software, as well as a former executive at Apple before that, will be describing for the first time publicly a re-definition of the cyber problem. This is a discussion that “lights the trail” for others to a more practical, more effective defense. Technical “elders’ have been saying for years that cyber security will always have to play “catch-up”, that it is impossible to do anything else… Mr. Sauer will talk about a decade of research that shows that is not true and how we can change how we do cyber security and can disrupt most hackers’ fundamental approach.
Frank Sauer ~ Exploring a New Paradigm In Cybersecurity
Frank and his team have been privately developing research on how to practically put the computer’s access controls and permissions into each individual data file. This approach bases security not on where the data is, but permits data to be anywhere and still have the same security controls and enforcement as if that data were on your own computer. This will be the first time Frank will publicly talk about this research. Frank’s presentation will be oriented for the beginner and curious as well as those advanced and everyone in between…
Part 2 Panel Discussion On Privacy
After the expert panel discussion on national security policy, personal security, and privacy, everyone is invited to stay as Frank will show a non-proprietary “Proof-of-Concept” on the ideas behind this research. This is a technical “Show-n-Tell” and discussion about future potential iterations. Stay for a drink and join the discussion about real-world possibilities.
~ We had SAIC’s Information Assurance Group evaluate the concept (they do consulting on NSA’s EAL certifications), and their conclusion was: “Their concept is valid. Although not revolutionary in being uniquely conceived, it could be revolutionary, if implemented, in significantly altering future security architectures and improving overall levels of cyber security. Their technical staff is extremely competent.”
If you are an entrepreneur looking for opportunities, the leader of an organization, or just interested in how we as a society can solve this critical challenge, you don’t want to miss this event.
If you are interested in learning, meeting interesting people, please email me at MITEFdc@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest, and making the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore a thought leader in the DC – Baltimore region.