Prof. Dr. Seungjoo (Gabriel) Kim

Keynote speaker 2020

Prof. Dr. Seungjoo (Gabriel) Kim | Department of Cyber Defense, School of Cybersecurity, Korea University, Founder of SECUINSIDE
Keynote location: Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun, Seoul, Korea
Keynote Title: Lessons Learned from Nurturing Cyber Warriors over the Last 10 Years
Date: June 18th, 2020


Seungjoo Kim has been a professor of the Department of Cyber Defense in School of Cybersecurity at Korea University since 2011. For the past 7 years he was an associate professor of Sungkyunkwan University and has 5 years of background as team leader of Cryptographic Technology Team and also IT Security Evaluation Team of KISA (Korea Internet & Security Agency).

In addition to being a professor, Seungjoo Kim is director of CHAOS (Center for High-Assurance Operating Systems), head of SANE (Security Analysis aNd Evaluation) Lab, an adviser of hacking club ‘CyKor (DEFCON CTF 2015 & 2018 winner)’ of Department of Cyber Defense in Korea University and founder/advisory director of an international security & hacking conference ‘SECUINSIDE’.

His current professional focus is being a presidential committee member on the 4th industrial revolution in Korea and an advisory committee member of several public and private organizations such as NIS (National Intelligence Service), Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Justice, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Korea National Police Agency, Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, etc.


In November last year, the United Nations (UN) reported that North Korea was training its most talented young IT talents to become elite cryptocurrency hackers. The cybersecurity capabilities of the North Korean government are certainly more advanced than before and thus should not be underestimated.

Recognizing the seriousness of these issues, the Korean government decided to train highly qualified cyber warriors since 2011. One of their biggest hubs is the cyber defense department installed at Korea University. With full scholarships, the best professors, facilities, curriculum and diverse benefits, students trained at The Department of Cyber Defense at Korea University are considered to be the top 1% cyber security officers in the state, with a goal of being the front line in protecting Korea from cyber terrors and cyber wars.

In the last decade of the Department of Cyber Defense, it became one of the most popular departments and has achieved several achievements, including two wins at the DEFCON CTF (DEFKOR in 2015 & DEFKOROOT in 2018).

In his Keynote, Prof. Seungjoo will take a look at the HRD policies that the South Korean government has pursued to cultivate cyber warriors, and will closely examine the effects, advantages and disadvantages of these policies over the last decade.