Cyber Salon Series

The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP) hosts public discussions centered around current cybersecurity events and research.  Detailed information, event links, flyers for upcoming and previous Cyber Salons can be found below.  

The Cyber Salon is generally held for one hour – with 40 minutes to present, and the last 20 minutes for Q&A. While presenting is open to all, CCSP seeks to support early-career and emerging researchers and practitioners in the field.

Inquires and abstracts for the 2022-2023 academic year can be sent to Dr. Michael Loadenthal (, who will serve as the convener for the series.

Friday, September 9, 2022 12:30-1:30pm (EST)
Emily Gorcenski Presenting: The Unseen Cybersecurity Risk of the Digital Automobile
Zoom Meeting Link

Emily Gorcenski
Head of Data and AI at Thoughtworks Germany. Her background is in computational mathematics and aeronautical and mechanical engineering, and has experience in signal and data processing for vehicles, medical devices, and Internet of Things applications. She passionately advocates for good technological citizenship and her experience in data has led her to contribute to award-winning journalism. In her daily work, she helps companies safely and ethically build data-driven applications.


February 18, 2022

Dr. Gary Ackerman
Director, Center for Advanced Red Teaming (CART)
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, Cybersecurity (CEHC)

Presentation: Beyond Pen-Testing: Tips for Red Teaming the Cyber-Physical Adversary
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January 21, 2022

Mr. Krishna Mungur

Presentation: Dark Ops: Going Off the Grid & Detecting Obfuscated Actors
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December 3, 2021

Thomas Pieragastini, PhD

 Interdisciplinary Infosec: The Importance of Non-Technical Approaches to Information Security
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October 22, 2021

Colonel Al Klein, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs and Faculty Fellow, CCSP, University of Cincinnati

Hrishikesh Bhide
Graduate Assistant, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Cincinnati, PhD program.

Presentation / Demonstration: Exploring iWars a Networked Cyber Operations Competition
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September 24, 2021

Dr. Michael Loadenthal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy, University of Cincinnati.

Presentation:  Threat Modeling, Risk Assessment, and Harm Reduction: Towards an intersectional approach to security

March 26, 2021

Dr. Benjamin Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Miami University.

Presentation: Japan's Cybersecurity Capacity-Building Assistance to ASEAN.

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February 26, 2021
Dr. John Franco, Director of the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations at the University of Cincinnati. 
Hrishikesh Bhide, Graduate Assistant, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. program.

Presentation: iWars - A Networked Cyber Operations Competition

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January 29, 2021
Dr. James Lee
, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship; Associate Dean of Libraries; Director, Digital Scholarship Center; Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Cincinnati

Discussion: Human-Centered AI and Text Mining across Disciplines

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November 6, 2020
Major K. Mamula, Ohio Cyber Reserve Project Officer OHIO NATIONAL GUARD JFHQ,

Demonstration:  Department of Defense's Assessment of Cyber Validation

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October 9, 2020
 JD Work, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Discussion: Troubled vision: Understanding recent Israeli–Iranian offensive cyber exchanges
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