Keynote to answer these three questions:
- How can you determine, in advance, which students will excel in advanced cybersecurity education and subsequent performance - this element focuses on a psychometric test that the United Kingdom developed and validated on nearly 30,000 college students. In one example, beyond college students, it was able to separate people who had no cybersecurity background into three groups - one that would soar, one that could be converted to high performers and one that could not.
- How can you help students get over the wall that stops many students from mastering technical cybersecurity topics.
- How can you find talented high school students who have the combination of aptitude and tenacity to excel in cybersecurity.
Alan Paller founded SANS, a college (Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges) and professional cybersecurity training school that trains more than 39,000 cybersecurity technologists each year. Alan oversees a global program that identifies and celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber risk reduction and chairs the annual RSA keynote panel on the "Five Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors." He has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives and was an initial member of the President's National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was chosen by OMB and the Federal CIO Council as the 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a single, non-government person to improving federal information technology. In 2010, the Washington Post named him one of seven people "worth knowing in cyber security." Alan co-chaired the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Committee's 2012 Task Force on Cyber Skills and headed the Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity for the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. Earlier in his career Alan helped build one of the first large software companies, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He earned degrees in Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.