Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship Workshop


Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship in a Modern, Connected World

Bringing together cybersecurity ideas, problems, and challenges with entrepreneurial opportunities to grow the cyber economy of New Mexico.

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Extending NMT's history of interdisciplinary research to transdisciplinary entrepreneurship opportunities in cybersecurity. 

Goals for the Workshop

  • Provide a forum where students, faculty, and other entrepreneurs can learn about technical and related market opportunities in the cybersecurity space. This may involve everything from learning how to develop conceptual frameworks to evaluation of well-formed startup ideas.
  • Connect NMT students, faculty, and staff with the cyber community for the purposes of access to knowledge and ideas regarding cybersecurity entrepreneurship once the Workshop is over.
  • Demonstrate that the NMT CoE in Cybersecurity will be a clearinghouse where entrepreneurs can be connected with potential opportunities in this area.

This workshop is jointly sponsored by the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and the Office for Innovation Commercialization. 


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Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Office of Blackberry | Cylance, NMT Alumnus

Keynote Information: Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Office of Blackberry | Cylance

    • As Chief Technology Officer, Eric Cornelius drives innovation at Cylance. Previously Eric served as Chief Product Officer, VP of Innovation, Director of Critical Infrastructure/ICS and Technical Director of Incident Response/Critical Infrastructure at Cylance. Eric brings this wealth of knowledge and long history as a security practitioner, consultant, trusted advisor and product builder to his work in elevating our product development initiatives, and to leading our product management and corporate development teams.
    • View Greg Otto's CyberScoop interview with Eric discussing the cyber threat landscape for industrial control systems given the integration of information technology and operational
      technology. This interview was done when he was Vice President of Innovation for Cylance.
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The real Eric Cornelius during his keynote presentation at the Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship Workshop, 2019. 

Key takeaways from the keynote: There was lively discussion with participants from industry, academia, government, and most importantly entrepreneurs. Part of the lively discussion was in response to our Eric saying, tongue in cheek, that the first thing you do to start a successful business is "leave New Mexico". This was referring to venture capital being most available in California. He discussed what is needed for a successful business, which is access to capital and access to talent. He also talked about what is needed for individual success, which is access to bandwidth and access to an airport. In essence he says that the State needs to provide good airports and more importantly high-speed Internet access for us to be able to grow successful cybersecurity businesses in New Mexico. At the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence we are working on a variety of models to help entrepreneurs begin and operate cybersecurity companies in New Mexico, as well as ways to help other companies be resilient to cyber attacks. 

The keynote presentation will be uploaded October 4th. 


September 27, 2019 

Final Agenda

Time Session
 11:00 - 11:30 am

 Check-in, Pick up Box Lunches

 Third Floor, Fidel Center, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM

 11:30 - 12:00 pm  Welcome
 Dr. Lorie M. Liebrock, Director of Cybersecurity Centers

 Introductory Remarks
 Dr. Stephen Wells, NMT President
 12:15 - 1:00 pm  Keynote Address
 Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Officer, Blackberry | Cylance
 1:15 - 3:45 pm
       1:15 - 2:15 pm 
       2:15 - 3:15 pm 
      3:15 - 3:45 pm 

 Breakout Sessions: Green/Smart Grid/Cities; IoT/Wearables; Mobile
          Privacy and Security Issues
          Assessing and Defining Markets
          Cyber Tech Competition

 3:45 - 4:00 pm  Networking Break
 4:00 - 4:15 pm  Announcement of Winners & Awards
 4:15 - 4:45 pm  Concluding Keynote: Darryl Ackley & Dr. Peter Anselmo
 4:45 - 5:00 pm  Closing Remarks
 Dr. Lorie M. Liebrock & Dr. Peter Anselmo


 Additional details regarding breakouts are provided below. 


Breakout Sessions 

Connecting technical issues and potential markets for solutions to those issues is the main focus of the Workshop Breakout Sessions. Interactive sessions managed by session chairs will engage participants with expert panelists in each of 3 focused topic areas. Possible topic areas are listed below.

Each topic area will be structured around technical issues with regard to privacy and security, while defining and developing customers in the cybersecurity market for compelling technical solutions. These discussions will be followed by a table-based competition within each topic area focused on development of designs for technical solutions and an associated preliminary marketing strategy.

Breakout Session Details

Please volunteer for a leadership position that best fits your interest and expertise. The workshop organizers will select panelists, session chairs, and judge two weeks before the workshop. All volunteers will be notified within three days of the decisions, in case of a cancelation of a volunteer. 

Volunteer Positions