October 17 – October 18, 2023

University of VirginiaDarden School of Business

100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Plan to attend VASCAN 2023 Conference

Join us at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, for the highly anticipated VASCAN 2023 conference! Taking place on October 17th and 18th, this event is a valuable platform for member institutions to share their experiences and best practices, fostering growth across the VASCAN community.

Conference Dates
Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18th

We are excited to host the conference at the esteemed Darden School of Business, situated within the beautiful University of Virginia campus.

Please visit the lodging and parking page for more information. Contact Hope Adams if you have any questions.

Prepare yourself for an exciting lineup of sessions and activities dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity and digital defense strategies at this year’s conference. The basic schedule can be accessed by clicking on Schedule from the menu bar above. Please note that all event details and updates will be available on SCHED at https://vascan2023a.sched.com/ for your convenience. Be aware that some information in the agenda may be subject to change prior to the conference, so we recommend regularly checking SCHED for the most up-to-date information. Sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes each, allowing you plenty of time to navigate between your chosen events.

Make sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more updates regarding the VASCAN 2023 conference. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Training Details

Uncovering The Hidden Threat: A Threat Hunting Workshop, presented By TrustedSec

For an additional fee of $250, you can attend a full-day immersive workshop titled “Uncovering The Hidden Threat: A Threat Hunting Workshop” presented by TrustedSec. This workshop, taking place on Wednesday, October 18 from 8 am to 5 pm, will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of threat hunting. Get ready to gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge tools and techniques to identify and investigate malicious activities.

To fully engage in this interactive workshop, participants will need to have the ability to analyze Windows event logs and potentially PCAPs. While having a Windows operating system would be ideal, if you are using a Mac, please ensure you have a Windows virtual machine (VM) to work from.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your threat hunting skills and take your cybersecurity knowledge to the next level!

Capture the Flag Event, presented by MetaCTF

Included with your registration fee, you have the option to join us at the conference for an exciting opportunity to test your cybersecurity skills, expand your knowledge, and compare your team’s abilities against other schools. On the second day of the event, we are hosting a Capture the Flag competition that you won’t want to miss! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner with basic cybersecurity knowledge, everyone is welcome to participate and compete. Prepare to win prizes and earn well-deserved bragging rights by conquering a series of security challenges, either on your own or as part of a team.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 18, 2023, and get ready to dive into the action on the MetaCTF platform. The event will run from <TBD> (ET). During this Capture the Flag (CTF) event, you’ll have the opportunity to unravel various cybersecurity challenges in search of hidden data known as “flags.” Expect tasks such as message decryption, binary reverse engineering, and network traffic analysis. Each challenge is crafted around real-world cybersecurity concepts, allowing you to learn as you solve them.

Please note that an internet connection will be provided for all participants. However, you are required to bring your own laptop to access the MetaCTF platform and take part in the event.

Curious to Learn More?

Visit the Meta CTF booth or explore their website at https://metactf.com/.

VASCAN 2023 Keynote Speaker

Ms. Arielle Baine, CISSP, CCSP, GCWN, CEH
CISA Region 3 Chief of Cybersecurity

We are thrilled to announce Ms. Arielle Baine will be the keynote speaker for VASCAN 2023! Arielle Baine serves as the Chief of Cybersecurity (CCY) for Region 3, in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Ms. Baine leads the Cybersecurity Advisor (CSA) Program, which directly supports CISA’s mission and vision to strengthen the security, reliability, and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

As the CCY, Ms. Baine oversees field cybersecurity advisors & cyber state coordinators who are deployed to conduct various cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response coordination activities through public-private partnerships and outreach efforts. She also serves in an advisory capacity and brings together critical infrastructure owners/operators/representatives within both public and private industry to maximize collaboration and strengthen cybersecurity and resilience.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Baine served as a Watch Officer in a joint security and network operations center for the U.S. Food and Drug Administrator where she led the development and continuous improvement of various tools used by cybersecurity analysts to find more attacks, reduce false alerts, and perform faster incident response functions. She also served as a Systems Engineer, Advanced Cyber Capabilities Engineer, and Cyber Lab Director for the Hanscom Air Force Base and the 66th Air Base Group and an Information Technology Security Specialist and Lead Incident Responder for the Federal Trade Commission.

Ms. Baine has over 9 years of experience in cybersecurity spanning the federal civilian and DoD communities.  She currently holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification, the GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) certification, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification, and the Security+ certification. Ms. Baine is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and holds her Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland University College.