National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) 2018 Conference and Expo

November 6-7, 2018

Hyatt Regency Miami,

Miami, Florida

This year’s conference theme, “Innovations in Cybersecurity Education, Training, and Workforce Development”, inspires presentations that demonstrate new, creative, innovative, and effective approaches that will prepare, grow, and sustain a national cybersecurity workforce to safeguard and promote America’s national security and economic prosperity.

The conference will feature four tracks:

  1. Growing the Cybersecurity Workforce
  2. Expanding the Workforce Through Diversity and Inclusion
  3. Interdisciplinary and Cross-Domain Education and Training
  4. Talent Management and Workforce Development

Who Should Attend?

  • Employers and Hiring Managers who need to recruit, hire, develop, and retain a skilled cybersecurity workforce
  • Educators from K12 Schools, Community Colleges, 4 Year Colleges, and Universities
  • Advisors to students, job-seekers, and employees seeking careers in cybersecurity
  • Providers of training content and learning environments
  • Suppliers of industry-recognized certifications in cybersecurity
  • Managers of workforce development programs
  • Organizers of community economic development initiatives
  • Developers of innovative products and services that enable developing a skilled workforce
  • Policymakers from local, state, federal, and international government

Featured Speakers

Eduardo Cabrera Chief Cybersecurity Officer Trend Micro
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Eduardo E. Cabrera is a trusted advisor and a proven cybersecurity leader. He is responsible for analyzing emerging cybersecurity threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran of the United States Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber investigative, and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure and its leaders.

Recently, he served as the Secret Service CISO where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining a global information security and data privacy program to protect Secret Service data information assets and systems. He led a team of Information System Security Officers and Compliance Specialists to develop and deploy continuous risk assessment and mitigation programs and policies critical to protecting the Secret Service enterprise.

Mr. Cabrera started his career in the Secret Service in Miami, Florida where he worked on and led major cyber crime investigations against criminal groups that targeted financial and retail sectors. He moved on to Washington D.C. to proudly serve on the Presidential Protective Division for President George W. Bush and then transitioned to the Secret Service Criminal Investigative Division. There he led cyber forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations and served as the Secret Service Advisor to the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). At the NCCIC, he was responsible for identifying, analyzing, and sharing malicious data breach indicators derived from active Secret Service investigations and worked closely with Department of Treasury, the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to create public/private threat intelligence sharing strategies and programs to combat data breaches targeting the financial sector.

He is a guest lecturer at New York University Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science and Engineering Department and was a contributing subject matter expert on law enforcement; cyber security strategy and policy; and computer forensics and network intrusion incident response for the 2014 Risk and Responsibility in a Hyperconnected World; 2012 Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyber Skills Report; and 2012 Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D. President Dakota State University
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Dr. José-Marie Griffiths is President of Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, U.S.A. She has previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, as the Dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chief Information Officer at the University of Michigan, Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Vice President for King Research, Inc. She has a B.Sc. with honors in Physics, a Ph.D. in Information Science and a Post Doctorate in Computer Science and Statistics, all from University College London (UCL), London, England. In 2016 UCL, one of the top multidisciplinary research university’s in the world, awarded Dr. Griffiths an additional Honorary Doctorate for her “distinguished contributions to science, and her lifelong career in higher education, which has also spanned information and computational science.”

Dr. Griffiths has spent over 30 years in research, teaching, public service, corporate leadership, economic development, and higher education administration. She has used her knowledge and expertise in computational science and technology to advance projects and endeavors across all of these fields. She has conducted ground-breaking work in meta-data and return-on-investment analysis of “big data” information systems, including multiple approaches to cost-benefit assessment; the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research, technology transfer, and economic development; and developing and implementing innovative and successful models for higher education/government/corporate multidisciplinary partnerships and collaborations.

The importance of Griffiths’ work has put her in demand for numerous policy boards, while also attracting significant research support. She has been awarded presidential appointments from two United States Presidents, including The National Science Board, the U.S. President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information. She has had appointments to multiple projects as lead or key personnel for over 28 United States federal agencies, departments and offices, among them the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Science and Technology, NASA, and all of the branches of the military and U.S. intelligence agencies. NATO, UNESCO and the British Library Research and Development Division have funded some of the projects in over 35 countries she has lead or in which she has participated. Dr. Griffiths has carried out projects and/or served in advisory roles on projects in science and technology with over 20 major corporations such as AT & T Bell Laboratories, IBM, Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, and Du Pont. She has also won numerous honors and awards for her research and her advocacy for the role of women in science, including having been appointed a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and having received two top honors from the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Dr. Griffiths has published prolifically, authoring or co-authoring nine books, more than one hundred articles, chapters in books, international conference proceedings and some two hundred technical reports. She has made hundreds of presentations and spoken at universities, conferences and other invited appearances around the globe.

Mary Alice McCarthy Director of Education and Skills, Education Policy program New America (CESNA)
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Mary Alice McCarthy is the director of the Center on Education and Skills with the Education Policy program at New America (CESNA). Her work examines the intersection between higher education, workforce development, and job training policies. The Center is dedicated to building learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begin inside or outside of formal higher education. McCarthy’s writing has been featured in a diverse set of media outlets including the Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and the Journal on Community College Research and Practice. In addition to her research, she participates in a wide variety of public engagement, technical assistance, and coalition-building efforts aimed at improving postsecondary education policy and practice.

Prior to joining New America, McCarthy worked at both the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. She led a variety of technical assistance initiatives in the areas career pathways, credentialing, and competency-based education. While at the Department of Labor, she led a technical assistance initiative with nine states and two tribal entities on how to build and support career pathway programs. She co-founded an interagency working group with staff from the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor that continues to meet and coordinate federal investments in relation to career pathways. She also wrote policy guidance on credentialing and career pathways and supported the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) and Workforce Innovation Fund grant programs, helping design the solicitations and technical assistance activities.

McCarthy also has extensive international experience and she has explored how other countries are tackling the skills challenge. While at the Department of Education, she served as the liaison to a team of OECD researchers conducting a review of postsecondary education and training in the United States. At New America, she has continued her work with the OECD and is currently leading a similar review of Peru’s postsecondary education system, which will be published in the spring of 2016 as part of “Skills Beyond School” series of country studies. She also participates in the International Pathways Colloquium, an annual gathering of researchers and policy advocates from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia to share learning in the area of career and technical education and workforce development. She has a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Angela McKay Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy Microsoft
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Angela McKay is Senior Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy in the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team at Microsoft. She focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance trust in the computing ecosystem. Angela leads Microsoft’s cybersecurity policy work and engages with industry, governments and civil society to improve the security and stability of cyberspace for users around the world. Angela combines technical expertise and public policy acumen to develop policies that support development, growth, and innovation, and advance security, privacy, and trust in the Information Age. She also serves on the EastWest Institute Board of Councilors. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and BellSouth Communications. Angela holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Manuel Medina Chairman and CEO Cyxtera Technologies
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Manuel D. Medina is Chairman and CEO of Cyxtera Technologies, bringing together a set of modern, software-defined cybersecurity capabilities with a global data center platform to deliver secure infrastructure solutions to enterprises and government agencies.

Mr. Medina was the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of Terremark, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ until April of 2011, when Terremark was acquired by Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion. At Terremark, Mr. Medina brought his vision to deliver a comprehensive set of best-of-breed IT infrastructure services from world-class data center facilities to fruition. Under his leadership, Terremark distinguished itself as a leading global provider of enterprise cloud computing, data center and cybersecurity services for Fortune 1,000 enterprises and federal government agencies.

Following the sale of Terremark, Mr. Medina founded Medina Capital, a private equity firm with a focus on emerging cybersecurity technologies, in 2012 and currently serves as Managing Partner. Mr. Medina is also the founder and chairman of the board of eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He has been recognized with accolades from many business and community organizations for his leadership and community service.

He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from technology trends and global business to entrepreneurship and has served as a panelist and keynote speaker at large conferences and IT industry tradeshows. He also delivers inspiring commencement addresses to students at colleges and universities.

Medina received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Diane Miller Director of Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development Northrop Grumman Foundation
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As director, Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development, Ms. Miller is the focal point for the corporation’s initiatives and strategic relationships related to global cybersecurity education, outreach and workforce development. She leads the Northrop Grumman Foundation’s role as presenting sponsor of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education program created by the Air Force Association that includes an annual high school/middle school cyber defense competition, cyber camps, an elementary school education initiative, and a literature series. Ms. Miller also leads CyberPatriot’s global expansion, including CyberCenturion, the UK’s first team-based cyber competition for 12 – 18-year olds, in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK; CyberArabia, a cyber training workshop and competition for students from universities across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and CyberTaipan, a cyber education and competition program for youth in Australia. Ms. Miller is deeply engaged in cyber awareness, education and outreach initiatives for youth from kindergarten through high school ages. She actively promotes internships as a valuable means to enhance cyber defense skills and develop professional skills that help fill the cyber talent pipeline with career-ready individuals who will become our next generation of cyber professionals. At the college and university level, Ms. Miller collaborates with academia to assist in developing cyber curricula; in understanding the future needs of industry for career-ready graduates; in developing effective and productive relationships between academia, Government and industry; promoting the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education at both 2- year and 4-year institutions; as a member of the National Visiting Committee for both the National CyberWatch Center and CyberWatch West; and as a member of the Cyber Advisory Board of the Virginia Community College System. Ms. Miller has helped shape the national conversation on professionalization of the cyber workforce, contributing to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Education and Workforce Development Working Group, the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) National Cyber Network, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre. Ms. Miller is an internationally recognized speaker on the need to educate and develop a diverse highly-talented cyber workforce. She is active in numerous federal and state/local boards, academic institutions and not-for-profit entities and participates in several public-private partnerships to advance global STEM and cyber education and workforce initiatives. In 2017, Ms. Miller was recognized for “Exceptional Leadership in Industry” by The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE). Additional recognitions have included “2018 Global Influential Leader” by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and “2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” for the College of Business Administration of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Ms. Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and holds a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She is a Certified Computing Professional (CCP), conferred by the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals, and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mark B. Rosenberg President Florida International University (FIU)
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Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University (FIU). A public institution of higher education, FIU is the face of the country’s future in higher education demographics: it is a majority-minority institution that leads the country in the production of minority degrees in the sciences and engineering. Dr. Rosenberg has served as the fifth president of FIU since August 2009. A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university’s presidency.

Under his leadership as president, FIU has increased enrollment to almost 56,000 students, improved graduation rates by nearly 13% and hired over 500 new faculty. As President, Dr. Rosenberg has provided leadership to grow the institution’s budget, improve student retention and graduation rates, expand internships for enrolled students, and coordinate FIU’s emergence as a leading producer of graduates in priority national and state areas focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The university has been named as a Carnegie “Highest Research” as well as an “Engaged” institution, and has developed path-breaking partnerships with the Miami Dade County Public Schools, JP Morgan Chase, Florida Power & Light and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Research expenditures have grown by nearly 30% to nearly $171 million, and over seventy new student advisers and counselors have been hired for a restructured and expanded student graduation initiative.

From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Rosenberg served as the second Chancellor (he was the first that was formally selected by the Board of Governors) for the State University System of Florida, which includes all of Florida’s public universities – over 325,000 students and an all-accounts budget of nearly $9 billion. As chancellor, Dr. Rosenberg led the system’s strategic development and financial planning and policy initiatives, working closely with Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist and the state legislature to secure support for SUS priorities. During this era, major new strides were made in research support for the system, over $1 billion was provided for new facility construction, and a new SUS strategic plan was developed, approved and launched.

Prior to becoming chancellor, Dr. Rosenberg was integrally involved in the expansion and development of FIU into a major public research university. As Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1998 to 2005, Dr. Rosenberg spearheaded the establishment of a law school in 2002 and a medical school in 2006. Under his leadership, FIU increased enrollment, implemented major campus construction projects, and was invited to join the select national honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Rosenberg was also instrumental in moving FIU into the top tier of Carnegie Foundation research universities.

Dr. Rosenberg’s academic career began at FIU in 1976 as an assistant professor of political science. In 1979, he founded the FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center, which today is one of the nation’s premier federally-supported research and teaching centers focusing on the region. Dr. Rosenberg subsequently served as the Founding Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs and Vice Provost for International Studies. He has also been a Visiting Distinguished Research Professor at The Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a Visiting Professor at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico.

Raj Samani Chief Scientist McAfee
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Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow for cybersecurity firm McAfee. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of Fame, Peter Szor award, and Intel Achievement Award, among others. He is the coauthor of the book "Applied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid" and the "CSA Guide to Cloud Computing," as well as technical editor for numerous other publications. He can be found on twitter.

Program Agenda

Conference Tracks

Growing the Cybersecurity Workforce
Diversity and Inclusion Track
Interdisciplinary Education Track
Talent Management Track

Conference Agenda

Current Workshops

01:00 - 02:45
Concurrent Workshops
02:45 - 03:15
03:15 - 5:00
Concurrent Workshops
Cybersecurity Curriculum Design and Content
Workshop Description Cybersecurity curriculum development is very diffused across the educational system with very little consistency in the structure of curricular content or design of instructional delivery. The federal government is partnering with the private sector and academia to develop interdisciplinary cybersecurity curriculum guidance that addresses the need for widely accepted and shareable cybersecurity curricula that incorporate employers’ cybersecurity needs. This seminar will provide perspectives on what to include as cybersecurity content, curricular models for maximizing student Learning outcomes, and instructional design techniques proven to engage learners in the classroom as well as online.
Key Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will identify resources for cybersecurity curriculum content as appropriate for their particular institution
  2. Participants will identify and utilize key elements of course design and development
  3. Participants will implement different approaches and techniques for creating engaging learning environments and experiences
Workshop Lead(s) Vincent Nestler, Ph.D. California State University, San Bernardino
Encouraging Cybersecurity Career Discover via Career Assessment Tools
Workshop Description Is it possible to increase youth and mid-career professional interest and exploration of cybersecurity careers by better design and use of career assessment and career interest tools? What approaches work best with elementary and high school children and in particular, girls and people from under-represented populations? This workshop will allow practitioners to share best practices and explore existing tools while identifying gaps and opportunities for improvements.
Key Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will contribute to and leave with awareness of the landscape of existing tools to help people learn about a wide variety of careers, including cybersecurity and technology roles; and related areas of interest
  2. Attendees will identify gaps in the landscape with a potential towards recommending the creation of new tools
  3. Attendees will gain an understanding of how they can use career assessment tools to help diversify the cybersecurity participant community
Workshop Lead(s) Chris Mackey CPP Innovation Labs Jennifer Carlson WTIA Workforce Institute and Apprenti David Tobey, Ph.D. National CyberWatch Center
Cybersecurity Education and Training in the Internet of Things Era
Workshop Description Cyberspace is expanding fast with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Billions of newly Internet-connected devices and IoT promise enhanced business efficiencies and increased customer satisfaction. Nonetheless, the burgeoning IoT technologies pose more threats to security and privacy than ever before. As the area is new and dynamically evolving, education and training must address challenges to better prepare the cybersecurity workforce. This seminar will provide an overview of the IoT threat landscap; introduce existing mechanisms for education in IoT security; and explore methods to integrate IoT into training programs and curricula in academic and industry settings for the current and future cybersecurity workforce.
Key Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will gain an understanding of IoT security concepts and the criticality of preparing a workforce enabled with knowledge and skills to address IoT security concerns
  2. Attendees will learn how education and training should be approached with IoT in mind
  3. Attendees will explore innovative methods to enable ongoing learning as technologies change
Workshop Lead(s) Katerina Megas National Institute of Standards and Technology Selcuk Uluagac, Ph.D Florida International University
International Perspectives on Cybersecurity Workforce Development
Workshop Description International collaboration in cybersecurity education and workforce development is a powerful way for countries to make a positive shift in the global shortage of cybersecurity workers. While there may be differences in approaches and organizational structures, there is a shared need to learn from each other and implement best practices that make sense given a country’s individual culture, educational and training system, and government leadership. This session takes stock of initiatives underway in Australia, Canada, and the United States to adopt the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to standardize the nomenclature, ensure consistency in skills development, and facilitate international mobility of the cybersecurity workforce.
Key Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the usefulness of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to standardize the nomenclature, ensure consistency in skills development, and facilitate international mobility of the cybersecurity workforce
  2. Learn about initiatives underway in Australia, Canada, and the United States
  3. Articulate the need for international collaboration in cybersecurity workforce development
  4. Explore practical initiatives that our governments, industry, and academic institutions can be doing to further advance international collaboration in cybersecurity workforce development
Workshop Lead(s) Bill Newhouse National Institute of Standards and Technology Owen Pierce AustCyber Heather MacLean, MBA Cyber New Brunswick

*Additional Fees Required for Pre-Conference Workshops