CCEI Fall Symposium 2018: Attacking the Roots of Cyber(In)Security

Cyber Center for Education & Innovation Fall Symposium Agenda
Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 8:00 am–5:30 pm
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | 3501 University Blvd. East | Adelphi, Maryland

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AGENDA Thursday, November 8, 2018

8:00 am | Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am | Opening Program

Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Mark Loepker
Senior Advisor, Education Lead, CCEI-NCM

President Javier Miyares
University of Maryland University College

Symposium Honorary Chairman
MG Roderick Isler (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Vice President, CCEI-NCM Campaign

9:30 am | Morning Keynote

GEN Dennis Via (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Introduced by MG Roderick Isler (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Dennis Via is an Executive Vice President and Defense Fellow with Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia, where he is a member of the Global Defense Leadership Team. He recently retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general. In his last assignment, he led the largest global logistics command in the U.S. Army and Department of Defense (DoD), comprising 120,000 military and civilian employees in 38 countries and 41 states, with an annual budget of $50 billion. As the commander of Army Materiel Command (AMC), he was directly responsible for all logistics, information technology, foreign military sales, and industrial base operations for the U.S. Army. Prior to his promotion and assignment as the AMC commander, he was assigned as the command’s deputy commander, where he deployed to Southwest Asia in October 2011 to manage the strategic integration of the retrograde of equipment and materiel out of Iraq after the conclusion of combat operations. Prior to this appointment, he was assigned as a director on The Joint Staff, Pentagon, where he was a direct report to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff for all policies, plans, and programs for DoD communications, information systems, and cybersecurity. General Via served 12 years as a general officer and is the first Signal Corps Officer in U.S. Army’s 242-year history to achieve the rank of four-star general. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of the United States Army, and the Armed Forces -Communications–Electronics Association.

10:30 am | Break

10:45 am | Panel 1: Building the STEM Pipeline: The Student Perspective

A recent study by the National Cyber Security Alliance explored the talent shortfall in the global cybersecurity industry and found that a fundamental problem was the lack of even a basic awareness of potential opportunities in the field. Most students learn about careers during their formative high school years and, unfortunately, many do not receive any insight on how to pursue a cyber career. Most haven't met or spoken with a practicing cybersecurity professional or have any real knowledge of what these individuals do. In discussing initiatives to address this problem, we often hear from educators and academics who develop policy and design courses, but what are the perspectives of the students who actually participate in these STEM tracks? In this panel we will hear from students from both high school and college who engaged in STEM-related courses of study and explore their motivations, experiences, and recommendations for improvement.

Dr. Karen Salmon
Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education

Ms. Ipshita Bhatnagar
Senior, Damascus High School, Montgomery County

Mr. Antwan King
UMUC Alumnus (MS, Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation)

Mr. Daniel Liscinsky
Bachelor’s Degree Student in Computer Science (Cybersecurity Minor), University of Maryland, College Park

Mr. Khari Thomas
Associates Degree Student, Howard Community College

Ms. Selena Xiao
Senior, Wootton High School, Montgomery County

12:00 pm | Luncheon

Buffet lunch available in the Main Foyer.

CCEI and the National Cryptologic Museum

MG Roderick Isler (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Vice President, CCEI-NCM Campaign

Mr. Larry Castro
Chief Operating Officer, CCEI-NCM

Education Week Research Center/Consortium for School Networking Survey

Mr. Benjamin Herold
Staff Writer, Education Week

1:15 pm | Break

1:30 pm | Panel 2: The Labor Market is Talking. Is Education Listening?

It is well known that the shortage of cybersecurity professionals is a significant and growing problem. A recent study by Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) concluded that there will be a global shortage of 1.8 million cyber professionals by 2022, while it is elsewhere estimated that U.S. employers alone are struggling to fill almost 300,000 cybersecurity positions this year. One recent survey indicated that cybersecurity salaries are twice the national average and 9 percent more than other IT jobs. With this demonstrated market-driven demand, why isn’t our education enterprise doing a better job of meeting it?

In response to the need for cybersecurity professionals, colleges and universities have launched degree programs at all levels, and in an effort to directly address industry requirements, many schools have formed industry advisory boards and have aligned curricula with national initiatives. The National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence program shapes cybersecurity degrees and research at more than 230 colleges and universities and the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework—the result of an ongoing collaboration of government, industry, and academia—identifies cybersecurity functions, specializations, and job roles, and related knowledge, skills, and abilities. More recently, a collaboration of universities and the major computing societies has referenced these initiatives while defining cybersecurity as an academic discipline and developing curricular guidelines for academic programs.

Despite these efforts, supply still lags demand. Why? In a market-driven supply-and-demand economy, we normally expect rising prices and increasing demand to result in more supply. So why are we not producing more cybersecurity professionals? Additionally, employer surveys continue to suggest that a significant percentage of new cybersecurity graduates are not “qualified” or “job ready.” Does industry’s assessment of new college graduates reflect inherent weaknesses in cybersecurity degree programs, or does it signal a misunderstanding of what a college STEM graduate brings to the workplace and a failure to invest in more employee training? Could the cybersecurity workforce shortfall represent a deeper problem? Are the inherent problems with our cyber infrastructure so basic and systemic that there will never be enough qualified and trained workers to fill industry’s needs?

This panel of experts will explore the supply and demand sides of the cyber-shortage issue and discuss whether we have a problem that is solvable on our current track or whether some new and revolutionary approach is required.

Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan
University System of Maryland Chancellor Emeritus

Ms. Candy Alexander
President, International Board, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)

Dr. Diane Burley
Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and professor of Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University

Ms. Mary Ann Davidson
Chief Security Officer, Oracle

Ms. Michele Mullen
Executive Director, Canadian Committee on National Security Systems (CCNSS) and External Compliance

2:45 pm | Break

3:00 pm | Panel 3: New Technology, STEM Education, and the Cybersecurity Moonshot

Given our current state—described by the two previous panels and speakers—what is the future of cybersecurity education? As we increase the size of the educational pipeline, how can we make it more efficient? New technology tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, the cloud, and augmented reality (AR) are becoming powerful forces in other areas and might be applied to help address problems in K–20 education, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Google has already demonstrated the ability of natural voice AI “assistants” to simulate human-to-human interactions, and AR can place students in realistic settings that enable hands-on or project-based learning. Big data and the cloud make enormous amounts of information available to students and teachers. As technology develops, these tools will inevitably become more powerful, flexible, and less expensive to use—and thus more attractive to the educational enterprise. If our nation commits to a recently announced presidential “Cybersecurity Moonshot,” how might advanced technology improve STEM and cybersecurity education and, in turn, attack the roots of cyber insecurity? This panel of experts will discuss how they view the future of education and the ways in which technology might be leveraged to improve such effective personalized learning—both in the classroom and online.

Dr. MJ Bishop
Inaugural Director, Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

Dr. Matt Gaston
Director, Emerging Technology Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie-Mellon

Mr. Benjamin Herold
Staff Writer, Education Week

Dr. Dee Kanejiya
Founder and CEO, Cognii

Ms. Rachel Zimmerman
Deputy Commissioner, CyberPatriot

4:20 pm | Closing Keynote

Ms. Cindy Widick
Chief, Cybersecurity Operations Group
NSA/CSS Cybersecurity Operations Mission Manager (CSOMM)
Introduced by MG Roderick Isler (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Ms. Cynthia L. Widick is chief of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s (NSA/CSS) Cybersecurity Operations (CSO) Group in the Operations Directorate where she leads integrated cybersecurity operations to enable high impact operational efforts in the cyber domain and deny adversaries the ability to influence, exploit, or threaten cyber and information infrastructure domains within the bounds of our authorities. Ms. Widick enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1975 as a Russian voice intercept operator with the Army Security Agency and was stationed in Germany until 1978 when she separated from active duty. After completing her college degrees, she was commissioned in 1983 as an ensign in the U.S. Navy via Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island as a cryptologic officer. Her assignments included staff, headquarters, sea, and shore tours. Her last six years on active duty, she was assigned to NSA where she worked with the Information Assurance team and Computer Network Operations. In January 2010, Ms. Widick joined NSA/CSS’s Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service as NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (NTOC)’s chief of operations where she established its Operations Center, a dynamic, 24/7/365 national-level cyber-focused operation, working in partnership with the U.S. Cyber Command, FBI, DHS, and other U.S. government agencies. In 2013, Ms. Widick became the SID chief of staff until 2015 when she was appointed the director of NTOC until implementation of NSA21 in August 2016, when she became the chief for Cybersecurity Operations. Ms. Widick attended Southern Illinois University, receiving a BA in Russian Language (1981) and a Master of Business Administration (1982).

5:20 pm | Closing Remarks