2021 National Cyber Summit
The NCS planning committee has been faced with making difficult decisions as it pertains to the 2021 event. It is our ultimate goal to produce an in-person event. Therefore, we are excited to announce that the Summit will take place on September 28-30, 2021. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions and take necessary action if needed to transition to a hybrid or virtual format.
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Summit Speaker Lynne Clark

Session Information

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C): Adapt and Change
Thursday, June 7, 2018 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) which includes the CAE-Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) and the CAE-Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) programs are in support of the President's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. The CAE-CD program has been in existence for two decades with 232 currently designated institutions. The CAE-CO program concentrates on a deeply technical scope and has 19 currently designated schools. The NCS College of Cyber will provide an overview of both the CAE-CD and CAE-CO programs including programmatic changes, lessons learned and what is new on the CAE horizon.
North Hall - Salon 3
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Dr. Allen Parrish
Associate Vice President for Research
Mississippi State University
Allen Parrish is Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University. 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.
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Ms. Heather Eikenberry
Program Director, CAE-Cyber Operations Program
National Security Agency
Heather Eikenberry is the Program Director for the National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) Program. Ms. Eikenberry is administratively responsible for the CAE-CO program which reviews educational institution’s deeply technical cyber operations programs for possible CAE-CO designation. To date, 19 schools have earned this prestigious recognition. In addition, Ms. Eikenberry assists with the management of the CAE-CO Summer Intern Program which enables college students to experience an exciting hands-on education covering key topics of national security interest combined with a mission relevant Capstone project.

Ms. Eikenberry’s 17 year career within the NSA has included positions as a Technical Analyst within the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD), Executive Assistant to an IAD Deputy Director, and Branch Chief within US CYBERCOMMAND. As part of NSA’s National Cryptologic School (NCS), Ms. Eikenberry also assists with the GenCyber Program which is growing the next generation of cybersecurity experts for the Nation by sponsoring educational institutions to run summer camps focused on creating interest in K-12 students in cybersecurity.

Ms. Eikenberry holds Master’s degrees in Biostatistics, Information Systems, and Network Security.
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Mrs. Lynne Clark
NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program Office
National Security Agency
Lynne Clark is Chief of the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Program Office.

Prior to this assignment, Ms Clark was Deputy Chief of Workforce Resources, Education and Development for NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate (IAD). This included responsibility for IAD’s hiring and intern programs, education and professional development for IAD personnel.

From 1993 to 2012, Ms Clark was assigned to the Interagency OPSEC Support Staff, where she had responsibility for Operations Security (OPSEC) Training and Program Development consultation to all Federal Departments and Agencies with a national security mission. During her tenure at the IOSS, she participated in several interagency working groups, most notably as Chair of the National Security Policy Board’s OPSEC and Risk Management Working Group.

Prior to her tenure at the IOSS, Lynne was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force with worldwide assignments in airspace management, radar operations and risk management; she retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999.

Ms. Clark’s academic credentials include a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, and a B.A. in Community Development from Baldwin-Wallace College.