This presentation will summarize CCEI-NCM's unique national value proposition to bring together cybersecurity education and invite collaboration. The core mission is to broaden cyber threat awareness, understanding of cybersecurity best practices and educational outreach, and to enhance operational cybersecurity workforce development in support of our nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. We are creating an East Coast cybersecurity center of gravity as the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Open Front Door; integrating industry, government and academic stakeholder resources; and advancing cybersecurity education. Planned educational outreach programs will leverage and share the unsurpassed resources, curriculum and know-how of the NSA in an unclassified, publicly-accessible setting. CCEI-NCM programs will address both the K-12 and 13-20 age cohorts. This presentation will summarize CCEI-NCM’s unique national value proposition to bring together cybersecurity education and invite collaboration.
Mark S. Loepker is a master practitioner in Information Assurance (IA) and International Partnerships with over 39 years of government experience. Mr. Loepker currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Education Lead to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, focused on developing educational programs to be delivered from the new Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI). In this role, he focuses on ensuring that K-12/STEM initiatives are tightly aligned with national cyber curriculum standards, and that the CCEI becomes a national resource addressing workforce development and operational training requirements targeting 13-20 grade curriculum.
During his National Security Agency career, he was the Director, National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) established between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NSA to evaluate Information Technology (IT) product conformance to international standards. He was the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD/CIO), Defense-wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP) Director. He served as the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Executive Subcommittee Chairman leading 27 Nations in product assurance, evaluation, supply chain risk management and managing the CCRA.