[Events] KACS 2023 Fall Conference: New Horizons of International Cooperation in Cybersecurity

By Dain Oh, The Readable
Oct. 10, 2023 9:50PM GMT+9

The Korean Association of Cybersecurity Studies (KACS) is holding an all-day conference on October 11 at the FKI Tower located in Yeouido, Seoul.

In an event titled with “New Horizons of International Cooperation in Cybersecurity,” more than 100 national cybersecurity experts will gather to discuss a wide range of topics, including network segmentation, cyber diplomacy, emerging technologies, economic security, quantum cryptography, cloud security, cyber norms, and generative artificial intelligence.

Kim Sang-bae, the president of the KACS and a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University, will deliver opening remarks. Baek Jong-wook, the Third Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), and Choi Hyo-jin, the Head of the National Security Research Institute (NSR), will also attend the event.

The conference features five track sessions along with twelve panel discussions. Anyone who is interested can participate in the conference without pre-registration.

Since its establishment in May, the Association has held a monthly dialogue with security professionals to accelerate collaboration between the academic community and various stakeholders in the private sector regarding cybersecurity as well as the government officials. However, the upcoming conference will mark the first large-scale forum that assembles hundreds of professors and researchers across the nation in one place.

The KACS is the only organization recognized by the South Korean intelligence agency. According to Blue House decree, the director of the NIS has the authority to appoint a research organization to serve as a specialized institution, tasked with developing essential policies, strategies, and technologies for cybersecurity operations.

In April, the KACS, boasting a membership of around 150 dedicated cybersecurity experts, held an inaugural general meeting and officially embarked upon their mission onea month later. In August, the NIS announced the designation of the KACS as its specialized institution for cybersecurity.


The cover image of this article was provided by the Korean Association of Cybersecurity Studies.

Dain Oh is a distinguished journalist based in South Korea, recognized for her exceptional contributions to the field. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Readable, she has demonstrated her expertise in leading media outlets to success. Prior to establishing The Readable, Dain was a journalist for The Electronic Times, a prestigious IT newspaper in Korea. During her tenure, she extensively covered the cybersecurity industry, delivering groundbreaking reports. Her work included exclusive stories, such as the revelation of incident response information sharing by the National Intelligence Service. These accomplishments led to her receiving the Journalist of the Year Award in 2021 by the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology, a well-deserved accolade bestowed upon her through a unanimous decision. Dain has been invited to speak at several global conferences, including the APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions, which was funded by the U.S. State Department. Additionally, she is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, further exhibiting her commitment to journalism.