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.  2021-2022 monthly Cyber Salons have been filled.  

2022 Cyber Salons will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Fridays from 12:30-1:30pm (EST).  Zoom links will be provided for each speaker's session once scheduled.

January 21, 2022

Mr. Krishna Mungur

Presentation: Dark Ops: Going Off the Grid & Detecting Obfuscated Actors

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February 18, 2022
Dr. Gary Ackerman
Topic: Designing Hardware-Centric Red Teaming Scenarios

March 25, 2022
Ms. Emily Gorcenski
Presentation: The Unseen Cybersecurity Risk of the Digital Automobile

April 8, 2022
Ohio Cyber Range Institute (OCRI) 
Topic: Capture the Flag as Continuing Education

December 3, 2021

Thomas Pieragastini, PhD
Dr. Pieragastini is a former philosophy and political theory professor who is currently working in information security performing pentests and red team assessments. His work includes assisting NGOs and high risk activists in using technology to improve effectiveness and safety, as well as conducting privacy and data protection trainings to a variety of groups across the US.

Presentation: Interdisciplinary Infosec: The Importance of Non-Technical Approaches to Information Security

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October 22, 2021

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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