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22nd Colloquium

ABET, NSA/DHS CAEs and CSEC Collaboration

  • Concluded
  • June 12, 2018
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Poydras

Drop in on this panel discussion to find out how accreditation, designation, and professional standards bodies are working together to advance cybersecurity education. ABET, the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) programs, and Curriculum Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs in Cybersecurity (CSEC) are working together to identify commonalities and synergies that can be leveraged to help academic institutions pursue multiple designations and accreditations while minimizing duplication of effort.

This is a new effort, exploring the possibilities of reciprocation and sharing of resources. Learn how ABET, CAE and CSEC work together to help you create / maintain a strong curriculum. Representatives from ABET, CSEC 2017 authors, and the NSA will be on hand to answer your questions.


William "Art" Conklin

William (Art) Conklin, Ph.D. I developed the cyber security program at the University of Houston. The program is a COAE as designated by NSA and DHS. I teach as many as five classes in a semester and stay very involved with my students; mentoring them, advising them and helping to place them upon graduation. I am also active in the security community, serving on committees for the NSA, an active participant in the DHS Industrial Control System Joint Working Group, and frequently presents papers at academic conferences. I am a frequent mini track chair at HICSS and have several grants ranging from research to workforce development. I am currently developing a Wiki to house cyber security curriculum and projects for the COAE schools and those that want to become a COAE school.

Lori Pfannenstein

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.

Lawrence G. Jones

Lawrence G. Jones was the 2015-16 ABET President. In his 30 years volunteering for ABET, he has served on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Accreditation Council, and as Chair, Commissioner and Program Evaluator of the Computing Accreditation Commission.

Retired as a Distinguished Principal Researcher from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University, Jones led research and customer projects in software architecture and software product lines. Prior to joining the SEI, he served a career in the U.S. Air Force and was the Chair of the Computer Science Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Jones is an ABET Fellow, a CSAB Fellow, a Senior Member of both the ACM and IEEE, and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Computing. He holds a PhD in computer science from Vanderbilt University, MS and BS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Allen Parrish

Allen Parrish is Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University, effective May 2018. Dr. Parrish was previously Professor of Cyber Science and Chair of the Department of Cyber Science at The United States Naval Academy. Prior to June 2016, Dr. Parrish served for 26 years on the faculty at The University of Alabama in a variety of roles, including Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety. Throughout his career, Dr. Parrish has obtained approximately 200 funded projects totaling approximately $100M from a variety of state and federal sponsors. Dr. Parrish has published in approximately 100 refereed journals and conferences and is also active in computer science and cybersecurity education, as well as in computing accreditation through a variety of volunteer and leadership roles with ABET. Dr. Parrish received a Ph.D. in computer and information science from The Ohio State University in 1990.

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The Colloquium recognizes that the protection of information and infrastructures that are used to create, store, process, and communicate information is vital to business continuity and security. The Colloquium's goal is to work together to define current and emerging requirements for information assurance education and to influence and encourage the development and expansion of information assurance curricula, especially at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


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