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AIM: Cyber Experiential Learning: Projects with Students & Industry Partners

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March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


A cybersecurity intern program is a 12 week series, that requires the cybersecurity interns to be higher education students currently taking courses in Virginia. The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) awarded Brian Ngac and his research colleague, Nirup Menon, a $100K Grant for a Cyber Security Experiential Learning effort. This grant was based on Brian's past performance and experience in conducting Experiential Learning activities in the areas of Cyber Security and Business Process Improvement with high-performing students, Industry Participants, and Real Projects since the Spring 2018 semester at George Mason University. In this talk, Brian will introduce the Experiential Learning Program and its needs including two 12-student cohorts, multiple industry participants, and 8 project solicitations. Brian will also inform the audience of his Cyber and Business Process Improvement Experiential Learning course and how industry can participate in the following semesters.


Debbie Christofferson – CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group and Information Security Consultant, Sapphire Security Services LLC

Debbie Christofferson, CISSP, CISM.  25+ years serving the information security field across the US, Europe and Asia in senior security management enterprise roles in large organizations.  CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group (WIS SIG) at Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 10 year former ISSA former Board of Directors, Founder of the local Cloud Security Chapter, and long time contributor to our field.  IT security consultant and principle, published author and experienced speaker and workshop leader.

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Brian Ngac – Instructor ISOM Unit, School of Business, George Mason University

Brian Ngac is an Instructional Faculty member and Dean's Teaching Fellow for the Information Systems & Operations Management Academic Unit at George Mason University's (GMU) School of Business. He has been teaching in Higher Education since January 2018 and focuses in the areas of information security management and business process improvement. Additionally, he has over nine years of experience in Application Security, Cyber Policy and Assessment, Process Improvement, RDT&E Program Management, & Training in the industry. Most of his work has been in support to the U.S. Federal Government, but some of his cyber policy and assessment related work have been for international clients in the UAE as well. He started out at Parsons Corporation as a software engineering intern back in 2013, which has led him to roles within the company such as Deputy (to the VP) for the Space & Technology Group, as well as Deputy (to the VP) for Digital Engineering Research & Development Programs. Brian holds multiple industry certifications including C|CISO, CISSP-ISSAP-ISSEP-ISSMP, CISM, & PMP. Brian also volunteers as the Vice President for Membership within ISSA's NOVA Chapter.

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