Our mission

Malicious actors across the globe are working to adapt and evolve their cybersecurity attack tactics. IT professionals cannot stand still—we too must continuously adapt and evolve. And move forward.UW–Madison’s Cybersecurity Forward reflects our own relentless drive: To share the essentials, leadership skills, tools and case studies IT and cybersecurity professionals need, at the beginning of their careers and onward. To engage you, with professional expertise from UW System, higher education, government and the private sector. To help us all keep moving forward—at UW–Madison, at our peer higher ed institutions and in the K-12 schools in our communities.

Our history

Cybersecurity Forward, formerly Lockdown, began in 2001 as a one-day, in-person conference held in Madison, Wisconsin. What started as a small, local conference hosted by the UW–Madison Office of Cybersecurity, grew into an event attracting presenters and attendees from around the State of Wisconsin. Since 2020, it has attracted presenters and attendees from around the U.S. and world when it became a virtual conference in response to Covid-19.

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Planning committee

  • Tim Bohn, UW–Madison, DoIT, Planning Committee Chair
  • Micky Nash, UW–Madison, DoIT, Communications Lead and Administrative Co-lead
  • Laurel Belman, UW–Madison, DoIT, Logistics Lead and Administrative Co-Lead
  • Kim Miller, UW–Madison, DoIT, Marketing Lead
  • Justin Masuga, UW–Madison, DoIT, Design Lead
  • Alan Greenberg, UW–Madison, State of Wisconsin
  • Chris Krueger, UW–Madison, DoIT
  • Ed Snow, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Dean Welch, UW–Madison, School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences / Office of Business Engagement
  • John Rineck, UW–Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Stefan Wahe, UW–Madison, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • Steven Parker, UW–Madison, College of Engineering
  • Tony Roman, UW–Madison, Extension

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Accessibility Note

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in one of the Cybersecurity Forward presentations, email us at cybersecurityforward@cio.wisc.edu. All accommodation requests should be made no later than two weeks prior to the presentation you wish to attend. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

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