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University of North Florida Cyber Security Symposium

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adam W. Herbert University Center 


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The eighth edition of the Cyber Security Symposium will be held Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Adam W. Herbert University Center.

In person attendees are limited to the first 120 individuals who register. All in person attendees are required to comply with UNF COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The event will also be available virtually through a live web stream.

This year’s Symposium features representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with other local and national Cyber Security professionals.


 Cyber Security 2021 October 18


The address of the Adam W. Herbert University Center is 12000 Alumni Drive, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 32224.



Schedule of Events:

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Overview

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. 


Ransomware attacks are on the rise, costing private businesses, government entities and infrastructure agencies millions of dollars each year. Training for enterprise end users is key to prevent them from falling victim to this increasing threat. Special agents will provide guidance to prevent disruptions, and methods for reporting potential intrusions to law enforcement.
Presented by: FBI Jacksonville Cyber Squad and the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA)

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. 


10:30 - 11:15 a.m. 

Virtual Assets

Long the transaction medium of choice for cyber criminals, virtual currency is now increasingly used to enable a diversifying array of illicit activity. The assumed anonymity, relative lack of transparency, and varying regulations in the world of virtual currencies have made them the payment of choice on darknet marketplaces and criminal schemes including securities fraud, child pornography, money laundering, and extortion. Representatives of the FBI’s Virtual Currency Response Team will reveal how virtual currencies are being used by criminals, and how not to fall prey to scams.
Presented by: FBI HQ Money Laundering, Forfeiture and Bank Fraud Unit – Virtual Currency Response Team

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. 


11:30 - 12:00 p.m. 

SIM Swapping

The same qualities that make virtual currency attractive on the darknet, make it attractive as a target for thieves. Criminal actors looking to access digital currency accounts are more often engaging in SIM swap fraud, a type of account takeover through which scammers take control of a victim’s phone number. Learn how criminals are convincing phone service providers to provide them with access to victim’s accounts, and the steps you can take to protect your own virtual currency investments.
Presented by: FBI Jacksonville Cyber Squad 

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. 

Lunch on your own

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. 

Common Scams and Schemes

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, while many Americans focused on protecting their families and helping others in need, cyber criminals spotted an opportunity: to profit from our increased dependence on technology. Knowing the risks and taking a few basic steps could keep you and your family members from falling victim to online crime and fraud—and save you a great deal of time and trouble. Learn more about identity theft, business email compromise, investment schemes, disaster fraud, romance scams and more. 

Presented by: FBI Jacksonville Office of Private Sector 

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. 


2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 


For years, American adversaries and strategic competitors have conducted cyber espionage to collect intelligence and target U.S. critical infrastructure. They are now also using social media to alter how we think, behave, and decide. As we integrate billions of new digital devices into our lives and business processes, malicious actors almost certainly will gain greater insight into and access to our protected information. As the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities on U.S. soil, hear how the FBI Counterintelligence Division is combating counterintelligence threats.
Presented by: FBI Jacksonville Counterintelligence Squad

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. 


3:15 - 4:15 p.m. 

Be Smart with Your Kids' Smartphone

Every year, thousands of children become victims of crimes, and child predators are increasingly using emerging technologies to target innocent victims. Special agents who investigate crimes against children will demonstrate how online applications have been used in sextortion and other child exploitation cases in the Jacksonville area, and provide guidance to protect other children from being victimized. Parents and educators are encouraged to attend, but the content of this presentation is not appropriate for youth.
Presented by: FBI Jacksonville Crimes Against Children Squad

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. 


4:30 - 5:00 p.m. 

Cybersecurity Workforce

The Public and Private sector are facing a significant shortage in highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals. This poses a problem as the number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities are increasing each year and the adversary is becoming increasingly advanced and highly technical. This presentation will identify some of the challenges and opportunities in developing, hiring and retaining cybersecurity professionals.
Presented by: Lori Sparks, Deputy CISO at Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC