CARVERCON is Back!

The Premier Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Conference

Friday, November 4th, 2022 at The University of South Florida Military Leadership Conference Center, Tampa, Florida

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This year's theme: Denial, Deception, and Misdirection in the Global Security Environment

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Keynote Speaker: General Frank McKenzie, USMC (Retired)

General Kenneth F. "Frank" McKenzie heads the University of South Florida Global and National Security Institute, as well as the Florida Center for CyberSecurity.  General McKenzie recently retired after 42 years of military service.  His final assignment was leading US Central Command (USCENTCOM).  

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KNOW THYSELF; KNOW THY ENEMY

What Exactly is CARVERCON?

 

CARVERCON is a unique annual conference based around the concepts of the CIA's CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology.  As such, it has grown into a highly-popular security forum.  Attendees can expect to gain insight into:

  • Emerging national security threats
  • Sharing best practices for security and intelligence professionals
  • Evolving new ideas and technologies
  • Providing peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Spreading the word about the value of the CARVER Method
  • Being highly-informed, while being entertained

Yes, It Really Delivers All That!

As the fifth anniversary of CARVERCON, this will no doubt be our most spectacular event yet.

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Lee Sansum, Former Head of Security for Princess Diana of Wales

Lee Sansum is an ex-Royal Military Policeman, martial arts champion, and expert in close protection who found his way to the top of his profession, protecting the most famous woman in the world, Princess Diana. Through his assignment as protection for Mohamed and Dodi al-Fayed, he became guard and confidante to the Princess of Wales and the young princes, particularly Harry.

Check out this video from CARVERCON 2020. 

New CARVERCON V video and speaker lineup  coming soon... 

 

Just some of the speaker topics include...

  • How some world leaders successfully use "denial" to forward their objectives
  • How hostile foreign intelligence services use "deception" to trap unsuspecting targets
  • One of Canada's top magician's demonstrates how "misdirection" can be used to fool people in their daily lives
  • Much, much more...

Knowing how to protect yourself, utilizing tools like the CARVER Method, could save you from future harm.

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LOCATION

The USF Joint Military Leadership Center

Located on the USF Tampa campus, the Joint Military Leadership Center is an ideal venue which holds upwards of 200 attendees, plus has large hallways for sponsor displays.

ATTENDEES

Who Should Attend CARVERCON V?

WCARVERCON is open to anyone with and interest in security, intelligence, and strategic thinking.  Typical attendees come from: 

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Intelligence Community
  • Private Security
  • Academia

CARVERCON is also a great networking opportunity for those interested in sharing ideas with industry peers.

THE CARVER METHOD

Do I Need to Know the CARVER Method to Attend?

Understanding CARVER is not a prerequisite for attending the conference.  By the time CARVERCON is over, you should:

  • Thoroughly understand the origins and purpose of CARVER
  • Have a solid definition the CARVER acronym
  • Be more informed about the global security environment

CARVER is utilized as the "red threat" that connects all the presentations about denial, deception, and misdirection together.   

BACKGROUND

CARVER 101

The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology is an assessment tool made famous by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the 1970s and has been used extensively by the US Special Operations Community.  CARVER is an acronym for the following vulnerability assessment criteria: Criticality, Accessibility, Recognizability, Vulnerability, Effect, and Recoverability.  The CARVER Methodology is an extremely well-suited tool, which can be used to both evaluate the potential vulnerabilities of Critical Infrastructure and to prioritize critical assets based upon their probability of being attacked (i.e., target attractiveness).  It is also utilized to determine susceptibility of intelligence targets (i.e., recruiting spies), exploiting cybersecurity vulnerabilities, identifying human weaknesses, etc.. 

The CARVER Methodology was originally developed as an offensive target assessment tool, allowing to evaluate the vulnerabilities of enemy assets, and to determine how best to exploit those vulnerabilities to attack a target. The methodology had its early roots in World War II, where bomber pilots used its precursor, known back then simply as “CARVE,” to identify attractive targets to bomb.  Fast forward over seventy years and CARVER is still being used by the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security,  Department of Justice, NATO, as well as private organizations. 

"There is no better process for identifying vulnerabilities than CARVER!"

- Leo "The Godfather of CARVER" Labaj

"The CARVER Methodology is one of the most effective tools that a security professional can use."

- General James L. Jones, Former U.S. National Security Advisor

"Due to its common sense approach, the CARVER Methodology shifted into the private sector from the Intelligence and Special Ops Communities, following the attacks of 9/11."

- Luke Bencie, Managing Director of Security Management International

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NOTE - Uniformed or properly ID'd military, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel are welcome to attend CARVERCON in-person FREE of charge.