A critical piece of addressing the global cybersecurity challenge is building a cyber-skilled workforce. Towards this goal, the College of Cyber at the National Security Agency (NSA) is leading several important initiatives to improve the quality and diversity of the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. In this panel, presenters will discuss various ongoing NSA initiatives focused on improving national cybersecurity education, including:
- National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the NSA jointly sponsor the National CAE program. Through this program, colleges and universities receive designations in Cyber Defense (CAE_CD) and/or Cyber Operations after meeting stringent CAE criteria that includes mapping curricula to cybersecurity-related knowledge units. Discussion will include recent program initiatives such as academic peer mentorship, community collaboration, and evolving designation criteria as well as an overview of various internship programs.
- GenCyber - The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences (free of charge) for K-12 students and teachers across the nation. The goals of the program are to grow and improve cybersecurity education in the United States, increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation, help students practice correct and safe on-line behavior and understand the foundational principles of cybersecurity, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.
- National Cybersecurity Curriculum Program (NCCP) -. The primary goal of the National Cybersecurity Curriculum Program is to develop cybersecurity curricula that will be made publicly available for educational institutions who wish to educate and prepare cybersecurity graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to join the federal workforce. This session will highlight some of the 54 initiatives that have been awarded.
- Cybersecurity Education Workshop – In order to encourage adoption and improve sustainability of national cybersecurity curricula, a yearly workshop focused on cybersecurity education, has been jointly funded by NSA and NSF. The 2017 Inaugural Cyber Ed Workshop included a Showcase, Lightning Talks, and a Cybersecurity Curriculum Expo. The 2018 Cyber Ed Workshop will be held in Lake Tahoe, CA.
These topics will be important and relevant to the Cybersecurity Education community as increased cyber threats and attacks have led many schools to develop and expand cybersecurity programs. This panel will outline the NSA designation programs, cybersecurity resources, describe funding opportunities for various cybersecurity and cybersecurity curriculum development, and allow time for questions and discussion.
Dr. Blair Taylor is a Contractor working in the College of Cyber at the National Security Agency. She is currently on leave from Towson University, where she has taught for over 20 years in the department of Computer and Information Sciences. Dr. Taylor has published and presented widely on teaching secure coding in introductory programming courses and cybersecurity education. Dr. Taylor has received the University System of Maryland Regents award for Teaching, the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (FCSM) Business Outreach Award and the FCSM Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2014, she was named one of the 5O Women to Watch by the Baltimore Sun Magazine and in 2016 one of Maryland's top female tech leaders by MDBIZNews.
She holds a B.A. in Mathematical Science and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in Applied Information Technology from Towson University.
Mr. Steve LaFountain is the National Cryptologic School's (NCS) Dean, College of Cyber at the National Security Agency. The NCS is responsible for providing relevant, timely, and superior learning opportunities in the cryptologic disciplines, analysis, language, and business management necessary to develop a highly analytic, technologically astute workforce for the global NCS/CSS mission.
Lori Pfannenstein is a Program Manager at the National Security Agency (NSA) for the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Program within the National Cryptologic School's College of Cyber. The goal of the CAE-CD Program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cybersecurity expertise for the Nation. Lori has a long history of working in the cybersecurity arena, with many years in Computer Network Operations for the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission at NSA. With over 36 years of NSA experience, Lori has held a number of program management, management, and technical positions through the years.
Lori holds a Cybersecurity Fundamentals Graduate Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland, University College, and an Associate of Science in Computer Science from Anne Arundel Community College.