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Kentucky Intelligence Colloquium a Success

Kentucky Intelligence Colloquium a Success

Over 100 attendees discussed cyber security and intelligence issues at the 2nd Annual Kentucky Intelligence Colloquium on the University of Kentucky (UK) campus on Friday, April 1, 2016.  The Colloquium was hosted by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (BGS IC CAE), which is a partnership of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Morehead State University, and the UK Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce.

Following the exhibition of student research projects, Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Director of the UK Patterson School, welcomed the attendees followed by a career panel of professionals from the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center, FBI Louisville Division, and the Louisville Metro Police Department on what their agency looks for in potential employees.  Afterwards, keynote speaker Mr. Ron Carback, Cyber Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, gave an informative presentation on the current cyber threat and U.S. activities to counter this threat.

“This event is student focused,” said Dr. Michael Collier, Co-Director of the BGS IC CAE and Associate Professor with the EKU College of Justice and Safety Homeland Security Degree Program.   “Our mission is to prepare the next generation of intelligence and security professionals.”

Afternoon sessions included presentations on emerging cyber threats, potential terrorist threats on agriculture, modern enterprise security practices, codenapping and ransomware defense strategies, and a panel session by Kentucky State University students on document security measures.

The Colloquium was sponsored by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center.

For more information and photos from the colloquium, visit Twitter @EKUCJS or @BGSICCAE, Facebook at TheBGSICCAE, and the BGS IC CAE website at

Click here for a photo gallery of the event

Published on April 05, 2016

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