Cyber Salon Series

The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP) hosts public discussions on current cybersecurity events and research.  Detailed information, event links, and 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 2023-2024 academic year can be sent to Dr. Michael Loadenthal (, who will serve as the convener for the series.

Cyber Salons for the 2023-2024 academic year will be held monthly from September 2023 until April 2024.  We will update this page as presenters are confirmed.

April 12, 2024
12:30-1:30pm EST

Dr. Igor Kovač
Visiting researcher at The Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Research Affiliate, The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Kovač's research focuses on structure of the international system, its stability, security, and great power relations – stressing the intersection between International Security and International Political Economy. One of his inquiries looks at digital currencies as a crucial threat to the contemporary US hegemony. Moreover, his resent research projects include a study on cyber strategies of the EU member states, and a review of AI tools available for cybersecurity. 

Dr. Ivan Ivonav
Associate Professor Educator, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Ivanov's primary areas of teaching and research interests are international relations and comparative politics with focus on international security and cooperation, alliance politics and NATO and the European Union (EU). 

Dr. Matt Millard
Assistant Professor of National Security Policy at Air University. 

Previously an instructor at Saint Louis University, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nazarbayev University.  Dr. Millard's research primarily focuses on how states learn to use conflict from their interactions with other states.  Additionally, he is interested in how geography affects conflict and military expenditures.

Presentation: Transatlantic strategic cyber alignment? Analyzing European National Cybersecurity Strategies

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February 23, 2024

Chris Romeo 
CEO, Devici

General Partner at Kerr Ventures

Host of: “Application Security Podcast,” “The Security Table,” and “The Threat Modeling Podcast” 

Presentation: Zero Trust Threat Modeling 

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November 3, 2023

Dr. June Park
Visiting Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs, Qatar (2023-24)

Expert PI on Emerging Technologies
Small States Research Program
Georgetown University in Qatar

International Strategy Forum (ISF)-Asia Fellow (2022-23), Schmidt Futures, USA

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October 6, 2023

Dr. Richard Harknett
University of Cincinnati

Presentation and Discussion: US Department of Defense 2023 Cyber Strategy

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September 29, 2023

Dr. Jacob Oakley
Cybersecurity professional and author

Presentation: Cybersecurity Red Teams, the Benefit of Adversarial Perspective

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April 17, 2023

Igor Kovač
CCSP Research Affiliate

Presentation: Using AI in cyber space – game changer or just an old wine in a new bottle?

March 31, 2023

Dr. Richard J. Harknett, Professor and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), Co-Director of the Ohio Cyber Range Institute (OCRI) and Chair of the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP), University of Cincinnati. 

Presentation: Biden Administration National Cyber Strategy and Cyber Persistence

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March 24, 2023

Miloš Vukelić
Research Assistant at the University of Belgrade (UB) - Faculty of Political Science (FPS), and a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of Cincinnati (UC) - School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). 

Presentation: Adding Complexity to Sovereignty: US Post-Digital Culture Wars and International Relations

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March 3, 2023

Jelena Vićić
Postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Diego at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) and research affiliate with the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy.

Presentation: Making Sanctions Work in the Cyber Era: The Case of Iran

January 13, 2022

Adam Shostack

Presentation:  Threats and Cyber Public Health: A Fireside chat

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November 18, 2022

Benjamin Yankson 
Assistant Professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University of Albany, SUNY. 

Presentation: Security & Privacy Preservation for AI-Enabled Toys

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October 28, 2022

Kevin Mamula (on behalf of Rebekah Michael)
A Cyber Security, Cyber training & exercise expert and retired military officer.  Specializes in liaison and direct support operations with nation-state, federal/state/local governments, public and private organizations for cyber security services in the forms of incident response, compliance and vulnerability assessments, and cyber hygiene education. 

Presentation: Building Advanced Cyber Exercise Capability: OPFOR v Blue Pilot Case Study
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September 9, 2022

Emily Gorcenski
Head of Data and AI at Thoughtworks Germany

Presentation: The Unseen Cybersecurity Risk of the Digital Automobile

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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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