March Monthly Speaker Series

Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Eye of the Tiger: Building a Strong Cyber Defense Workforce

Darren Ash, Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Management, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

Peggy Maxson, Director, National Cybersecurity Education Strategy, DHS

Dr. Ernest McDuffie, Lead, National Initiatives for Cybersecurity Education, NIST

Dr. Angelos Stavrou, Associate Professor, George Mason University and Associate Director Center for Secure Information Systems

Dr. Martin Stytz, Collegiate Professor and Cyber Security Program Director, UMUC

Rod Turk, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Commerce

Emily Kopp, Anchor, The Federal Drive, WFED Radio (moderator)

The daily life of Americans, our economy and our national security depend on a strong and protected cyberspace.

Attacks to our networks increase dramatically day by day, and government and its industry partners are working tirelessly to groom the talent our country needs to combat cyber intrusions and threats.

AFFIRM’s March 14 program will look at the programs that maintain our nation’s prominence in the war against cyber crime.

We’ll explore:

  • Agency cyber priorities in light of Administration executive orders and pending legislation;
  • The role of government cyber education and awareness initiatives in combatting the threats;
  • Educational pathways to train the cyber professionals of the future; and
  • Other resources available to empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet safely, securely and productively.

This session has been approved to earn 1 CompTIA CEU for A+, Network+OR Security+certifications, in support of DoD 8570.01-M requirements.

For more information on the topic of discussion visit, an implementation tool for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), public facing web site is the one-stop-shop for cybersecurity careers and studies and, the NIST site for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Date and Location:

Thursday, March 14, 2013
11:30am - 1:30pm

The Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro: McPherson Square(Orange & Blue)
(map and driving directions)


Government Attendees
  • Government Subscribers - included in subscription; log in to register and reserve your seat
  • Government Member Pre-Registered (before 3/13, 12pm) - $0
  • Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 3/13, 12pm) - $0
  • Government Member Walk-in - $0
  • Government Non-member Walk-in - $0
Industry Attendees
  • Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 3/13, 12pm) - $70
  • Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 3/13, 12pm) - $90
  • Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
  • Industry Non-member Walk-in - $100


Darren Ash Darren Ash

Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Management, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Mr. Darren B. Ash is the Deputy Executive Director for Corporate Management in the Executive Director's Office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Mr. Ash provides policy direction, leadership and oversight for information technology (IT), information management, information systems security, space planning and facilities management, rulemaking, acquisition management, centralized administrative service, and human capital management at the NRC. He also serves as the Agency’s Chief Information Officer, Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, and Senior Accountable Official for Open Government.

Michael Kaiser Michael Kaiser

Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

Michael Kaiser has been the Executive Director of National Cyber Security Alliance since 2008. Mr. Kaiser engages industry, government and nonprofit leaders in NCSA’s far-reaching efforts, including the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Data Privacy Day and the National Cybersecurity Education Council. Mr. Kaiser has 25 years in all aspects of nonprofit operations including program management, administration and governance. Prior to NCSA, he worked the field of victim’s services holding senior staff positions at National Center for Victims of Crime and Safe Horizon in New York City. Mr. Kaiser recently served on the Department of Commerce, NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group and was named one of SC Magazine’s information security luminaries of 2009.

Peggy Maxson Peggy Maxson

Director, National Cybersecurity Education Strategy, DHS

On 19 April 2010, Ms. Maxson was appointed to her position as Director of National Cybersecurity Education Strategy at the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity she leads DHS efforts to build capability within the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as well as co-leading the training and professional development component of the initiative. DHS requested Ms. Maxson for this position following her previous position at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, when she led a cybersecurity education sub-group of the White House, which resulted in the accepted recommendation and subsequent implementation of the establishment of NICE. Ms. Maxson served for over 35 years at the National Security Agency in managerial positions in operations, policy, foreign relations, customer service, and technology development.

Ernest McDuffie Dr. Ernest McDuffie

Lead, National Initiatives for Cybersecurity Education, NIST

In early 2010 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was selected as the lead agency for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and they identified Dr. McDuffie to be the Lead for this effort and has now completed his transition to this new position. In his previous position he had been appointed the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) in February 2008. From early September 2009 until early November 2009 he served as Acting Director of the NCO. His appointment as the Associate Director of the NCO comes after joining the NIST as a Computer Scientist in their Information Technology Laboratory, Office of Federal and Industrial Relations. In August 2006, Dr. McDuffie joined the NCO where he served as the Technical Coordinator for the Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group (IWG), Federal Agency Administration of Science and Technology Education and Research (FASTER) Committee of Practice (CoP), and the Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordination Group (CG).

Loyce Pailen Dr.Martin Stytz

Collegiate Professor and Cyber Security Program Director, UMUC

Martin R. Stytz is a Collegiate Professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He was formerly a Research Professor at Drexel University, a Research Staff member for the Institute for Defense Analysis and before that a research scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH following a 23 year Air Force career. He is experienced in cyber security, real-time virtual environments, distributed systems, modeling and simulation, large-scale system architecture design, & development, cyber warfare & modeling, human-computer interaction, intelligent agents, user-centered decision support, information security, software engineering, information visualization, and medical virtual environments.

Angelos Stavrous Dr. Angelos Stavrou

Associate Professor, George Mason University and Associate Director Center for Secure Information Systems

Dr. Angelos Stavrou is an Associate Professor at George Mason University and the Associate Director Center for Secure Information Systems. Stavrou has served as principal investigator on contracts from NSF, DARPA, IARPA, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, and he is an active member of NIST's Mobile Security team and has written more than 40 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles. Over the past few years, Dr. Stavrou's research has focused on two aspects of security: Systems' Security and Reliability. In the context of the first, he is working with NIST as part of the DARPA “Transformative Applications” effort that seeks to secure Android mobile phone devices against kernel-level attacks. Furthermore, Stavrou is the GMU PI participating along with Columbia, Stanford, and Symantec in the IARPA “StoneSoup” effort.

Emily Kopp Emily Kopp

Anchor, The Federal Drive, WFED Radio (moderator)

Ms. Kopp joined Federal News Radio in 2011 after living in the Netherlands, where she reported for various radio networks and print outlets. She is a multimedia journalist with more than ten years' experience in radio, digital, print, and video reporting. In addition to graduating from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, She was selected by the American Political Science Association for a Congressional fellowship in 2007 and was named the 2006 Radio Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club.

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