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NOVA-Woodbridge to host Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education, Dec. 2

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Mark Warner will be among the notable guests to highlight an important conference at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus. The Commonwealth Conference on Cyber and Education 2015, a first-of-its-kind conference, will bring together government, private sector and educational representatives for candid discussion on opportunities and strategies for filling the cyber talent pipeline. The daylong event will be held on Wed., Dec., 2 in the brand new Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus, 15200 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge, Va. The event will also provide insight on emerging cyber trends and provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one conversations with Virginia's leading cyber schools.


8 a.m.              Registration

9 a.m.              Opening Remarks

  • Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology; Co-Chair, Commonwealth Cyber Commission
  • Richard Clarke, CEO, Good Harbor Security Risk Management; Co-Chair, Commonwealth Cyber Commission
  • Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va.

9:45 a.m.         Panel One: “Opportunities and Strategies for Filling the Cyber Talent Pipeline: A Private Sector Perspective”

  • Moderator:  Bobbie Kilberg, Northern Virginia Tech Council
  • Barry Barlow, SVP & CTO, Vencore
  • Bob Fecteau, CIO, SAIC
  • Bradley Schwartz, President & CEO, Blue Canopy Group, LLC
  • John Wood, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Telos Corporation

11 a.m.            Panel Two: “Opportunities and Strategies for Filling the Cyber Talent Pipeline: A Federal Perspective”

  • Moderator: Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, Business-Higher Education Forum
  • Richard Hale, Deputy CIO for Cyber Security, Department of Defense
  • Rodney J. Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), NIST
  • Janelle Romano, Director of the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, NSA

12:30 p.m.       Lunch and Moderated Discussion “The How and Why” of becoming a Cyber Center of Excellence

Greeting by Scott Ralls, President, Northern Virginia Community College

  • Moderator: Anne Holton, Secretary of Education
  • Karen Leuschner, National CAE Program Manager
  • Casey O’Brien, Director, National Cyber Watch Center
  • Heather Eikenberry, Program Manager, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations

1 p.m.              Introduction by Dr. Ali Eskandarian, Dean and Professor, The George Washington University

                        REMARKS by Governor Terry McAuliffe

1:45 p.m          Panel Three: “Opportunities and Strategies for Filling the Cyber Talent Pipeline: Trends and Opportunities”

  • Moderator: Emily Mossburg, Principal Resilient Services, Deloitte
  • Cedric Fletcher, Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Raytheon
  • Stuart McClure, CEO, Cylance
  • Karen Dahut, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Andrew Turner, SVP Cyber Security, Visa

3 p.m.              Next Steps

3:30 p.m.         Networking and University Breakout Presentations

5 p.m.              Event Concludes



Media are required to RSVP and must show a valid press pass at the Media Check-In Table.


Kathy Thompson, Director of Media Relations  |  703-764-0896  |  kthompson@nvcc.edu



Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.