Founder’s Message

InfowarCon, A Transition

Way back in 1993, my friend Dr. Mich Kabay held an Infowar conference in Montreal where I was honored to give the keynote. That same day, Bob Bales (RIP) agreed to manage what I called InfowarCon in DC. Expecting 125 people, 350+ attendees had to sacrifice a sit down lunch, receiving a marginal box lunch (and yes, many bitched!). We just didn’t have the room.

Over the subsequent years, InfowarCon hosted attendees from more than 50 countries, even though at that point, the entire concept of Cyberwar was dismissed as hyperbole. Imagine how different the world would be today if leaders had acknowledged a clear future; rather ostrich heads dominated.

We survived a massive hurricane in DC, set off 1-Terwatt EMPs, wrote Cyberwar Arms Treaties, and, in retrospect, InfowarCon was 20+years ahead of its time. We held InfowarCon events in DC, London and Brussels, appeared at similar events around the world, and finally, I decided to return to our roots. Instead of building up a massive vendor-driven event, we held a few small events (70 attendees) in Nashville.

For very personal reasons, I made the tough call and decided to look for another group to take the reins. May 17-19, InfowarCon returns to the DC area under the leadership of my dear friend, Travis Hartman and his colleagues, William Kimble and James Wright.

I am not leaving the field, and in fact will be holding a full-day workshop on my latest research, based upon hard, provable mathematics, on how to measure cybersecurity, vendor products and efficacy in situ. (Bring your slide rules!) Analogue Network Security, I believe, provides the community for the first time with a suite of dynamic tools that will find application in cyber, physical and human security efforts, and of course with escalated conflicts.

None of the 25 year history of InfowarCon would have been possible without the dedication and support of so many people. I single out Lars Nicander’s friendship and challenges to keep me on my toes. But it was Betty O’Hearn, Ms. Infowar, who was the one who kept it all together. No amount of words can describe her dedication to a field of study that at first did not even exist, and has evolved into a major international theme.

I thank every one of the attendees and supporters over the last 25 years for their participation. You have no idea how much it means to me and Sherra.

See you in May. Book early, as I understand it, seating will be very limited.

With the greatest respect and humility,

Winn Schwartau