Break Out Panels

This panel will feature industry representatives discussing current and emerging cybersecurity threats and need for next generation of cyber experts. What are new and unique threats that industry and government face today and must prepare for tomorrow? What capabilities and skills will the U.S. and international partners look for in the decade ahead? How are the U.S. and other countries preparing to meet new threats?

Moderator: Kathleen Rice, Senior Director, Technology and Privacy, FaegreBD Consulting


  • Mike McConnell, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton, former DNI and NSA Director
  • Nicole Dean, Director of Cyber Programs, Raytheon
  • Sean McGurk, Vice President for Business Development & Critical Infrastructure, Centripetal Networks Inc.
  • Melissa Nash-Mullis, Senior Cyber-Security Analyst, Southern Nuclear

Higher Education & Cyber Security: The CAE Process

All regionally accredited two-year, four-year, and graduate-level institutions can apply for designation as an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). Learn how the CAE process refines and benefits cyber security education programs. Hear perspectives from program managers and successful applicants on ways to navigate the CAE process.

Moderator: Dr. Gretchen Caughman, Provost, Augusta University


  • Karen Leuschner, CAE National Program Manager, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Dr. David Dampier, Director, Center for Computer Security Research & National Forensics Training Center, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Herb Mattord, Assistant Director, Coles Center for Information Security Education, Kennesaw State University

Industry & Cyber Security: Grooming Youth for Careers in Military Cyber Security

Competition for qualified cyber experts is intense, and demand is only expected to grow. This panel will discuss innovative industry programs designed to engage youth and attract young people into careers in cyber security.

Moderator: Col. Jennifer Buckner, Commandant, Cyber School, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence


  • Barbara Massa, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, FireEye
  • Jennifer Hentz, Lead Associate, Cyber/Technology Talent Development Team, Booz Allen
  • Mark Wolkow, Director of Academic Outreach, National Security Agency (NSA) (invited)
  • Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch (USAF, Ret.), National Commissioner, Cyber Patriots, Air Force Association (invited)

Higher Education & Cyber Security: Adapting University Programs to Today’s Hacker

China, Iran, and Russia host untold numbers of hackers. Does the U.S. have a network to counter them? This panel will discuss how higher education institutions and federal agencies have designed programs that are attractive to potential cyber professionals and can supply government agencies with needed cyber security experts.

Moderator: Ellen W. Zegura, Professor and Chair, School of Computer Science, College of Computing, Georgia Tech


  • Lt. Col. Michael Nowatkowski, PhD, Signal Corps Assistant Professor, Cyber Research Center, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, U.S. Military Academy (USMA)
  • Dr. Greg White, Director Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security, University of Texas at San Antonio

Healthcare & Cyber Security: Threats to Military Medical Platforms

Health care has become one of the most targeted sectors, with the recent theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers being the latest example. HHS has tracked 944 incidents affecting personal information from about 30.1 million people, according to the Washington Post. As automated medical devices and remote health care delivery become more commonplace on the battlefront, novel cyber threats have the potential to produce increased casualties. DoD medical program managers and cyber officials have a new challenge to overcome in the pursuit of timely and effective combat casualty care. Hear from industry leaders and DoD experts on the implication these new threats have on the military medical system.

Moderator: Dr. Peter Buckley, Dean, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University


  • Gary Johnson, Vice President, Security, Cerner Corporation
  • Jeanette Little, Director of the Mobile Health Innovation Center, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
  • Lt. Col. Jennifer Hatzfeld, PhD, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
  • Dr. Tim Bentley, FNC Force Health Protection Deputy, Office of Naval Research (ONR)

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