O’Connor a Panelist, Speaker at AvengerCon VII Conference

Florida Tech cybersecurity program Director TJ O’Connor was a speaker and panelist at AvengerCon VII, a free security event hosted every fall by Maryland Innovation and Security Institute to benefit the hackers of the U.S. Cyber Command community and the U.S. Army 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.

O’Connor joined Katie Moussouris, CEO & founder, Luta Security, and Colin Ahern, chief cyber officer, New York State, for the 45-minute panel discussion on event theme “crowdsourcing conflict.” The panel was moderated by Maj. Steve Rogacki of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade.

O’Connor later gave the keynote address at the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade Ball.

The two-day event Nov. 30-Dec. 1 was open to all service members and employees of U.S. Cyber Command and Department of Defense and related partners supporting cyberspace missions. It included a keynote address, presentations, training workshops and hacker villages.

Training sessions included “Intro to Reverse Engineering,” “Upgrading the Privacy of Android Smartphones,” and “Using Containers to Analyze Malware at Scale.”

“AvengerCon is both space for people new to the InfoSec community to have a beginner-friendly area to see and experience the wider community and also allows the more experienced folks to have a spot to come together, proverbially let their hair down, talk to some of their peers in other organizations, and maybe connect afterwards,” said Capt. Jacob Heybey of the 780th MI Brigade, one of the primary AvengerCon VII conference organizers.

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