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University of Connecticut and Comcast Sponsor First-Ever CyberSEED Conference

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The University of Connecticut, home to the nation’s foremost center on hardware security, and the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) are sponsoring the first-ever Cybersecurity, Education & Diversity Challenge (CyberSEED) Conference, October 20-21, 2014.

The CyberSEED Conference brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, more than 40 universities and high schools will be competing in three unique cybersecurity challenges for more than $100,000 in prizes.

In addition to Comcast, other sponsors for CyberSEED include Microsoft, Dell, HP, Symantec, CA Technologies, Juniper Networks, Accenture, Veracode, Wipro, PWC and Cyveillance.

“This CyberSEED Conference unites academic, industry, and national leaders to discuss our shared cybersecurity landscape,” says Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of UConn’s School of Engineering. “It is yet another example of how the academic-industry partnership between the University of Connecticut and Comcast is working to provide a diversified environment to resolve the technological challenges facing our nation and world today.”

The CyberSEED Conference features more than 20 speakers, including keynote addresses from Rear Admiral David Simpson (ret.), Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau; Cheri Caddy, Director for Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach, National Security Staff, The White House; and Donna Dodson, Chief Cyber Security Advisor,National Institute of Standards and Technology.

At the kickoff for CyberSEED, a ceremonial bell will ring and students from participating universities will run to their stations to begin competing in cybersecurity challenges that test their abilities to penetrate virtual corporate networks, identify software flaws and explore new technologies in security hardware. An award ceremony takes place the next day at the conclusion of CyberSEED conference.

“UConn and Comcast are providing an opportunity that will challenge students to put their engineering and critical-thinking skills to the test,” says Ramesh Sepehrrad, Vice President, National Governance, Risk and Compliance, Comcast. “In order to succeed, the students will need to compete at a fast pace, not unlike the speed at which the private sector operates.”

CyberSEED launches only six months after CSI was established on the UConn Storrs campus in April 2014. The center unites the expertise of researchers within UConn’s existing Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering (CHASE) and Comcast’s leadership in Internet systems security. CSI develops robust detection systems and analytical tools to protect the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

About UConn

The University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s leading public research universities. As the state’s flagship university, UConn is a leader in Connecticut workforce development, preparing its students with the latest knowledge, skills, technologies and industry standards to allow them to succeed in today’s highly competitive global marketplace.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

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