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CARVERCON - Premier Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Conference 2022

CARVERCON - Premier Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Conference 2022

November 02, 2022

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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Benefiting the USF Office of Veterans Success!

Once again, CARVERCON is honored to be associated with the men and women of the USF Office of Veterans Success.  Your fully tax- deductible contribution benefits those students who also serve in uniform.


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

    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.

    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). 


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. 

Tentative Schedule 

Joint Military Leadership Center on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa

Friday, November 4th, 2022


8:00AM - Registration/Coffee

8:30AM - Welcome/Presentation of the Colors

9:00AM - The Science of Denial and Deception Using CARVER, Luke Bencie

9:45AM - BREAK

10:00AM - KEYNOTE, General Frank McKenzie, USMC (retired)

11:00AM - BREAK

11:15AM - How Misdirection Works in Magic and in Life, Magician/Mentalist, Mike D'Urzo


12:30PM - Covert Hotel Room Intrusion Demonstration, USF GSOC  Students

1:00PM - Misdirection: Securing Princess Diana of Wales, Lee Sansum

1:30PM - Through Our Enemy's Eyes, Major General Edward Leacock, US Army (Retired)

2:00PM - Break

2:15PM - Denial, Deception, and Misdirection Online, Cyber Power Panel, Brandee Daly (CEO, Knightswan), Teresa Carlson (Corp. VP, Microsoft), Dawn Meyerriecks, (Former Deputy Director, CIA Directorate of Science & Technology)

3:30PM - BREAK

3:40PM - 85 Years of CARVER, Leo Labaj

4:00PM - Closing Remarks


*VIP afterparty at the USF's President's House