AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium 2018

May 15-17, 2018
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Media representatives assigned to cover the event are invited to attend the exposition, theater sessions, tracks, panel sessions and keynote addresses at no charge.

Pre-registration is strongly advised. To preregister for the event as media, email Kaitlyn Cotter at by May 1, 2018. All media who do not preregister by May 1, 2018 must register at the conference.

Provide your name, title, publication, phone number, email address and a link to recently published article and/or blog. Only established bloggers are allowed to attend as media. Freelance journalists and photographers must provide proof of the specific publication from which they have been contracted for the event coverage assignment.

Media may register on-site but may be required to provide THREE of the following:

  • A government-issued photo ID;
  • A business card indicating role as either an employee of a publication or a contracted journalist;
  • A letter from publication’s editor indicating position and/or assignment;
  • An email from a publication that includes a description of the assignment and the editor’s name and contact information;
  • A bylined article published within the past six months in a recognized media outlet covering the sector;
  • A sample of a published blog post from within the past six months that appeared in a recognized blog covering the sector;
  • A sample of a non-commercially published photograph, with citation;
  • A contract (with financial information redacted if desired) between your organization and a bona fide news-publishing organization.
  • If conducting research for an assigned story, an explanatory letter from the publication's assignment editor that includes the editor’s name and contact information.

All photographers and videographers must be registered and have permission from a conference staff member before entering any event. A staff member may escort photographers and videographers within the facility.

  • All panel sessions and addresses may be recorded unless otherwise indicated, as long as the proceedings are not disturbed and attendee experience is not infringed upon.
  • Speakers/panelists use the time subsequent to their presentations to converse with attendees. Media are asked to be respectful of their limited time and allow audience members to talk with speakers/panelists prior to asking questions. Interviews may be conducted subsequent to the sessions at the discretion of the speakers, panelists or their staff.
  • Soliciting or accepting orders for any product or service, including advertising space, in the exhibit hall or any other part of the conference area is prohibited. Distribution of your organization's publications or other promotional material also is prohibited.
  • AFCEA reserves the right to refuse or revoke access to the conference at any time.

At the conference

If pre-registered, type your name into computers in the registration area, and a staff member will provide your conference badge. Media who have not pre-registered: Report to the registration desk with your media credentials.

Conference attire
All events are business attire. Military personnel are encouraged to wear the appropriate uniform of the day.

Authorized files and recordings will be available on the event website shortly after the conclusion of the event.
Presenters biographies
Speaker and panelist biographies are linked from their names on the event website. Check back soon for the complete list.

If you have any questions or need assistance prior to the event, please contact Kaitlyn Cotter at (703) 631-6106 or