Posted on 18 Oct 2018 1:43 PM

The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) successfully hosted the 11th Annual Mid-South Cybersecurity Summit on October 5, 2018 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. Dr. Kan Yang, Associate Director of the CfIA, hosted this year’s summit and welcomed students and professionals from multiple areas in the Cybersecurity industry.


This year’s Summit welcomed professionals from across the nation to give presentations on cybersecurity as it relates to both their organizations and average users. Speakers included Michael Rodriquez (City of Memphis), Dr. Xinhua Ling (XLNTEC Inc), Steve Crocker (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare), David Brink (Boeing Global Services), and Bryan Mitchell (FedEx Global).


Presentation topics included data security, blockchain, healthcare security, system security and IoT security.  Interactions among the presenters and attendees made it a highly engaging event. The highlight of the Summit was the afternoon panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity.  Dr. Xinhua Ling moderated the panel focusing on the latest cybersecurity challenges in corporate, data breaches, and expectations from industry & universities. The panelists, with a wide range of expertise in IT security, IoT and risk assessment, participated in the discussion. The panelists were: David Brink (Boeing Global Services), Bryan Mitchell (FedEx Global), and Dr. Kan Yang (University of Memphis).

More details about this year’s summit can be found in the attached report. For detailed information about the Center, visit To learn more about the Cybersecurity Summit, visit