Cybersecurity Advisory Board
Advisory Board

CyberSecurity Program Advisory Board

UMUC has enlisted some of the top cyber security consultants in the U.S. to review its programs, ensuring the curriculum keeps pace with emerging industry trends and technologies.

Meet the Advisory Board

Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege

Advisory Board Chairman
Lieutenant General Harry D. Raduege Jr. (USAF, Ret.)

Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation

Advisory Board Sam Arwood

Sam Arwood

Senior Vice President, Cyber Programs
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.

John Campbell

Lieutenant General John Campbell (USAF, Ret.)

Government Advisory Board, Iridium Communications Inc.

Mark Gerencser

Mark J. Gerencser
Chairman of the Board

CyberSpa LLC

Melissa Hathaway

Melissa E. Hathaway
Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

Elizabeth A. Hight

Rear Admiral Elizabeth A. Hight (USN, Ret.)
Former Vice President

U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity Practice, HP Enterprise Services

Catherine Kuenzel

Catherine G. Kuenzel '99
Vice President and General Manager
Homeland Security and Civil Agencies, Computer Sciences Corporation

Robert Lentz

Robert F. Lentz
President and CEO

Cyber Security Strategies, LLC

J. Michael McConnell (Mike)

Vice Admiral J. Michael (Mike) McConnell (USN, Ret.)
Former Vice Chairman

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

James F. X. Payne

James (Jim) F. X. Payne

Public Sector, Z&A Inc.

Marcus Sachs

Marcus (Marc) H. Sachs
Vice President

National Security Policy, Verizon Communications

John Stewart

John N. Stewart
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Threat Response, Intelligence, and Development (TRIAD)

Cisco Systems, Inc.

L. William Varner

L. William (Bill) Varner
President and COO

Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions Group
ManTech International Corporation

Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege

Lieutenant General Harry D. Raduege Jr. (USAF, Ret.)

Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation

Lieutenant General Harry D. Raduege Jr. (USAF, Ret.) is chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation, which develops cyber solutions for clients grappling with the need for increasingly interdependent information networks, spanning both the public and private sectors.

General Raduege retired after serving 35 years in the U.S. military. He worked in the areas of technology, including telecommunications, space, information and network operations. He served more than 17 years in joint duty assignments and was a four-time federal activity CIO. In his last position, he led Department of Defense net-centric operations as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. In that role, he directed planning, engineering and implementation of interoperable communications and intelligence systems serving the needs of the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders and the military Services. Notably, he led efforts to restore communications to the Pentagon following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; upgraded presidential communications; and led the successful expansion of the department's Global Information Grid through a $1 billion transformational communications program.

General Raduege was also appointed by the secretary of defense as the Commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and Deputy Commander for Global Network Operations and Defense for the U.S. Strategic Command. In these roles, he was the first commander assigned responsibility for directing the operation and defense of the Global Information Grid to assure timely and secure net-centric capabilities across the entire department. He also served as the manager of the National Communications System and led our nation's efforts to prioritize the restoration of telecommunications throughout New York City and the Pentagon following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Prior to his last assignments, Raduege directed command and control systems for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command. He also served as the Chief Information Officer for all three commands, was the architect for computer network defense and attack capabilities established within the Department of Defense and was the national spokesman for the department during the successful Y2K computer roll-over efforts.

General Raduege directed command and control communications at the U.S. Central Command for three years, including the relocation efforts required after the Khobar Towers bombing. Earlier, he served as the first commander of the Air Force C4 Agency and was the Joint Chiefs of Staff architect for all satellite communications supporting more than 500,000 deployed military members during the Gulf War in 1991. He was inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Hall of Fame in May 2011.

General Raduege is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • The Cohen Group, senior counselor
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, co-chair
  • EastWest Institute (EWI), senior cyber security advisor to President's Advisory Council and honorary chairman of the annual Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit
  • Defense Science Board, advisor
  • Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Board of Directors and Executive Council chair emeritus
  • United Services Organization (USO), World Board of Governors and IT & Cybersecurity Committee chair
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) National Security Advisory Council, member
  • Air Force Association (AFA), CyberPatriots Board of Advisors
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, Board of Trustees and Technology Committee chair
  • Intelligence Community Senior Strategy Group (ICSSG), member and Cloud Implementation Red Team chair
Advisory Board Sam Arwood

Sam Arwood

Senior Vice President, Cyber Programs, Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.

Sam Arwood, serves as the senior vice president of Cyber Programs at Sotera Defense Solutions. Previously, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Air Force in several different specialties, including aircraft maintenance, computer programming, space research, communications systems, and cyber operations. In the Air Force, he commanded the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, the 561st Network Operations Squadron, and Task Force 236 in Afghanistan. He also led seven different teams repairing major communications outages across the Air Force, Defense Department, and State Department.

As a space researcher, Arwood was a team member for two space shuttle experiments, helping in the design and execution. He represented the United States in space technology negotiations for technology transfer with the Russian government at the Ural Division or the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg, Russia; the Lavochkin Institute, Moscow, Russia; and the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. He built an experimental satellite and transported it to a Russian nuclear base (Plesetsk), where he launched the satellite into a polar orbit on a Russian Cosmos launch vehicle.

Arwood led the effort to design, build, and operate the Network Operations and Security Center for the Air Force’s classified systems from the ground up. While at the same assignment, he led the effort to convert the Air Force’s worldwide electronic warfare distribution system’s conversion to a new dissemination system. Once the new system was operational, he wrote and executed a worldwide electronic warfare exercise to complete success. Later he led the effort to establish the Afghan Mission Network, built the network to cover 344 U.S. locations, moved the war onto the new network, and completed the effort ahead of schedule without any loss of command and control.

As a cyber specialist for the Air Force, he wrote the Integrated Network Operations and Security Center Implementation Plan, the planning document for the Air Force’s single network environment–the AFNET, the AFNET execution framework, and the NIPR and SIPR roadmaps for Air Force networks. He drafted the Air Force Network Defense Doctrine and an advanced cyber warfare strategy for offensive and defensive operations.

Arwood has co-authored various papers, including “Cooler Test Data Acquisition and Environmental Control Software” for the International Cryocooler Conference; “Operational Art and Strategy in Cyberspace” for the 5th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security; and “Operational Art and Targeting Strategy for Cyberspace Operations” for IOSphere, the magazine published by the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center.

Sam Arwood earned a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska, an MS in Human Resource Management from Troy State University, and an MS in Cyber Warfare from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

John Campbell

Lieutenant General John Campbell (USAF, Ret.)

Chairman, Government Advisory Board, Iridium Communications Inc.

Lieutenant General John Campbell retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 after a 32-year career in which he served in a variety of operational and staff assignments around the world. In his last assignment, he served from 2000-03 as associate director of Central Intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, where he had oversight of Department of Defense personnel assigned to CIA and was responsible for ensuring effective coordination between DoD and CIA for combat operations and intelligence collection activities.

Between 1997 and 2000, he served in Washington, D.C. as deputy director for Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon; vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency; and commander of the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense.

Prior to his Washington assignments, he served around the world in a variety of operational assignments as an F-15 and F-16 fighter pilot and wing commander, including duty in Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Germany and Italy.

Campbell currently serves as Chairman of Iridium Communications' Government Advisory Board. Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) provides global voice and data satellite communications to consumer, enterprise and government customers worldwide. Previous, Campbell was executive vice president of Iridium's $70M government sector, in which capacity he managed numerous classified programs as well as Iridium's core government communications services. Between 2003 and 2006, he served as principal of Defense and Intelligence for Applied Research Associates in Alexandria, Virginia.

He is the recipient of numerous military and intelligence community awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the CIA Donovan Award, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Award, the National Reconnaissance Distinguished Medal and the National Security Agency Award.

He is a 1969 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in computer science and earned his Master of Business Administration in 1971. In 2002, he was inducted into the UK School of Engineering Hall of Distinction and was selected in 2010 as a member of the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He serves on the National Intelligence Committee of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association, is a member of the National Military Intelligence Association and serves on the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He also represents Iridium Communications as an industry point of contact for the president's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC).

Mark J. Gerencser

Mark J. Gerencser

Chairman of the Board, CyberSpa LLC

Mark J. Gerencser is executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a $6-billion global strategy and technology consulting firm with more than 25,000 employees. Gerencser leads the firm's Global Commercial Business and also serves as chairman of its Partnership Committee. Previously, he served as the managing director of the Global Government Business, leading the public sector business in the United States and abroad. He has served six terms on the Board of Directors and was a member of Booz Allen's Leadership Team that sets the company's strategic agenda, market strategy, resource allocation and major investments.

Gerencser has led Booz Allen's National Security business and established its Homeland Security Practice. He created the Commercial Enterprise Resilience Practice serving clients in consumer, financial services, energy and healthcare industries. He also created Booz Allen's Infrastructure Center of Excellence designed to address America's greatest infrastructure challenges. Gerencser joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 1982 as an entry-level consultant.

Gerencser has had many external leadership roles, including leading an industry-expert panel addressing NSA's infrastructure resilience; facilitating CEO roundtables addressing the interdependencies between business, trade and security; hosting a Cyber-Summit for Fortune 1000 and government agency CIOs to create a shared agenda on information privacy and assurance; chairing several technology studies for the Electronics Industries Association to forecast the impact of technological change; leading war games and multi-stakeholder simulations to address port security, bioterrorism and cybersecurity challenges; and representing industry to several Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Net Assessment initiatives to help assess U.S. defense readiness. He currently serves on a bipartisan policy center commission addressing energy security policy for the United States.

Gerencser was nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as a member of the National Security Education Board, chaired by the secretary of defense. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), serves on its Board of Directors and was chairman of its Policy Committee. He is chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland University College, where in 2009 he received the President's Medal for his leadership and vision in advancing higher education. Gerencser is a board member of Security Technology Institute, a nonprofit corporation incubating the growth of new cyber technology companies in the State of Maryland. In 2007, Consulting Magazine named him as among the Top 25 most influential consultants in the world. ExecutiveBiz Magazine named him one of the Top 10 Game Changers in Washington, D.C., for 2009 and one of the Top 20 People to Watch for 2011. Virginia Business Magazine listed him as one of the Top 25 Executives to Watch in 2011.

Gerencser co-authored the Washington Post best-sellerMegacommunities, which defines how leaders in government, private sector and civil society can tackle today's global challenges together. He has also authored numerous articles on technology and policy and its impact on business or national security, including "Artificial Intelligence," "Robotics and Robotic Vehicles," "Toward a Digital Democracy" and "Renewing America's Infrastructure." His keynote speech at the 2009 Cybersecurity Symposium was recognized as one of the "best thoughts of the best minds on current national questions" by Vital Speeches of the Day. He has appeared on numerous television news programs, including MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, and has also been featured in print media such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Gerencser has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, College of Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College. Outside of consulting, he enjoys golf, snowboarding, martial arts and fast cars.

Melissa Hathaway

Melissa Hathaway

President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for CyrusOne, a NASDAQ listed company; a member of the Intelligence Advisory Board for Sandia National Laboratory; a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center; a member of the University of Maryland University College Cybersecurity Think Tank; a member of the Council of Experts at the Global Cyber Security Center in Italy; a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston, Massachusetts; a member of's Board of Advisors; a member of the Advisory Board for Mission Link; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Economic Security Grid. Formerly, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Terremark Worldwide Inc., a NASDAQ listed company that was acquired by Verizon Communications in March 2011; a strategic advisor to NetWitness Corporation, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in April 2011; and a member of the Board of Directors of EastWest Institute. Additionally, Hathaway serves as a strategic advisor to a number of Fortune 500 companies. In the government sector, Hathaway provides strategic advice to the U.S. Government, NATO and Interpol, as well as numerous governments around the world as they develop and refine their national strategies for cybersecurity.

At Harvard, Hathaway is participating and contributing to the joint MIT-Harvard Project, Minerva. She is contributing to the interdisciplinary research program by developing methods to measure, model, interpret and analyze challenges and responses in cyber space. She is also a regular guest lecturer at both universities.

From February 2009 to August 2009, Hathaway served in President Barack Obama's administration as acting senior director for Cyberspace in the National Security Council. In that capacity, she assembled a team of experienced government cyber experts to conduct the 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review. In May 2009, the president presented the elegant blueprint of the Cyberspace Policy Review, announced cyber security as one of his administration's priorities and recognized Hathaway's leadership in conducting the review. In the ensuing months, Hathaway stood up the Cybersecurity Office within the National Security Staff to commence the work called for in that blueprint.

During the last two years of the administration of George W. Bush, Hathaway served as Cyber Coordination executive and director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task force in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she led the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). She built a broad coalition from within the Executive Branch and established an unprecedented partnership with Congress to obtain bipartisan support for addressing cyber security priorities. She developed and created a unified cross-agency budget submission for fiscal year 2008 and for 2009-13, assembling disparate funding sources into a coherent, integrated program. At the conclusion of her government service, she received the National Intelligence Reform Medal in recognition of her achievements.

Previously,  Hathaway was a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., where she led two primary business units: information operations and long range strategy and policy support, supporting key offices within the Department of Defense and intelligence community. Earlier in her career, she worked with Evidence Based Research Inc. and the American Foreign Service Association.

Hathaway is frequent keynote speaker on cyber security matters and regularly publishes papers and commentary in this field.

Hathaway has a Bachelor of Arts from The American University in Washington, D.C. She completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy and is a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College with a special certificate in Information Operations.

Elizabeth A. Hight, Advisory Board

Rear Admiral Elizabeth A. Hight, (USN, Ret.)

Former Vice President, U.S. Public Sector Cybersecurity Practice, HP Enterprise Services

Elizabeth Hight most recently served as vice president of Cybersecurity Practice at HP Enterprise Services.

Prior to joining HP, Hight served as acting director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander of the Joint Task Force—Global Network Operations (JTF GNO).

In her role at DISA, she was responsible for providing global command, control, communications and computer support to the nation's warfighters. In her JTF GNO role, she was responsible to U.S. Strategic Command for directing the operation and defense of the Global Information Grid.

Hight joined the Navy in March 1977. Her first duty station was Naval Communications Area Master Station Western Pacific, Guam, where she was the high-frequency receiver site division officer. Throughout her career in the Navy, she served in numerous roles, including program sponsor, UHF Satellite Communications Program; assistant program manager, UHF Follow-On Communications Satellite Program; commanding officer, fleet surveillance support command; and commanding officer, Navy Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic.

She has been a trustee of Corporate Office Properties Trust since 2011.

Hight has a master's degree in telecommunications systems from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master's degree in information systems from The George Washington University.

Catherine Kuenzel, Advisory Board

Catherine G. Kuenzel

Vice President and General Manager, Homeland Security and Civil Agencies, Computer Sciences Corporation

Catherine Kuenzel is Computer Sciences Corporation's vice president and general manager of Homeland Security and Civil Agencies. Prior to that, Kuenzel served as vice president of Federal Mission Programs for the Civil Systems Division of Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. Federal Mission Programs is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services.

Kuenzel is responsible for development, delivery, operations and maintenance of secure networks, applications and solutions for the enterprise systems that support the mission critical operations and services for Northrop Grumman's Federal Civil Agency customers. Her team provides application development, transformation and modernization, information management, and systems integration for a wide range of civil enterprise systems, including cyber security, fraud detection and prevention, air traffic management, human capital management, enterprise resource planning, document and records management, regulatory compliance and several information assurance programs.

Kuenzel's prior assignment was vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure Services and Solutions within Northrop Grumman IT's Defense Group. Kuenzel led IT programs in IT outsourcing, infrastructure development, SOC and operations support at the enterprise and base level. Her operating unit provided system-of-system solutions for emergency management, integrated base defense, force protection and homeland security, including the underlying technologies of information security supporting these solutions. Her customers spanned the Department of Defense in the U.S. and abroad.

Previously, Kuenzel served as the acting president of Northrop Grumman IT's Computing Systems business unit and earlier as its vice president of Field Operations. Kuenzel joined the company in 2002 as the Northrop Grumman IT TASC business unit's Director of National Security Agency (NSA) Business Operations. In 2003, she became director of the business unit's Cryptologic Systems Division, in addition to serving as the IT sector's liaison for cross-sector endeavors supporting the NSA.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Kuenzel was the area vice president of Oracle's Advanced Programs Group. Before joining Oracle, she was the vice president for Lucent Technology's Advanced Program Group. Prior to that, she was with Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq, where she held several roles over a 12-year period

She is an executive sponsor for the VOICE Employee Task Group and sits on the Executive Diversity Council within Northrop Grumman's Information Systems Sector. She is also on the CEO Advisory Council for the ACT/Industry Advisory Council and AFCEA's Board of Directors.

Kuenzel has a bachelor's degree in business and management from University of Maryland University College and completed technical, sales management and executive training programs at Darden School of Business and Harvard University. She is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumna award from University of Maryland University College.

Melissa Hathaway

Robert F. Lentz

President & CEO, Cyber Security Strategies, LLC

Robert F. Lentz is the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance (CIIA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/Chief Information Officer. Since November 2000, he served as the first chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Defense, and in this capacity, oversaw the department's $3 billion-plus Information Assurance & Cyber Security program. As a catalyst for strategic thinking and change management, he established the first comprehensive Cyber Architecture supply chain risk management strategy; the world's most robust Identity Management System; and played a key role leading the United States National Cyber Initiative and follow-on presidential cyber space review. Lentz started his career with the National Security Agency (NSA) in 1975. During this period, he served in the groundbreaking National Computer Security Center; operated the premier National Key Management Center; led NSA's Network and Space Office; and post-September 11, 2001, at direction of SecDef, transformed relations with the private sector, innovators and academic community.

During his federal career, Lentz served as chair of the National Space INFOSEC Steering Council (NSISC), led the DoD Insider Threat Steering Group, was aprincipal member of the Presidential Sub-Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), was a leader of the DoD IA Steering Council and was the IA domain owner of the Global Information Grid Mission Area. As CISO, Lentz was a member of the DoD CIO Executive Council. He also served as DoD liaison to several private sector boards, including the Center for Internet Security (CIS), the Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE) Senior Council, the International Cyber Center Advisory Board and SAFEcode. He is currently a partner in the Security Innovation Network (SINet) and on the boards to FireEye, Nok Nok Labs and Sypris Solutions.

Lentz received the NSA Resource Manager of the Year Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award and the Federal 100 award. He also received the highest-level honorary award the department can bestow on a civilian employee, the prestigious Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Top 20 Award. In 2008, he was named Information Security Government Executive of the Year for the Middle Atlantic region, culminating as the North American Executive of the Year. He received DoD and NSA Medals for Distinguished Civilian Service. Additionally he was the recipient of the RSA award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices and SANS Cyber Security Leader of the Year.

Lentz is a graduate of the National Senior Cryptologic Course, Federal Executive Institute, Harvard Business School in Strategy Planning and the Resource Management Course at the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a bachelor's degree with a double major from Saint Mary's College of Maryland and a master's degree from the National War College.

Lentz founded Cyber Security Strategies to assist governments and enterprises with cyber security strategies and proven solutions to gain competitive advantage with their cyber space-dependent missions and business.

J. Michael (Mike) McConnell

Vice Admiral J. Michael (Mike) McConnell (USN, Ret.)

Former Vice Chairman, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

J. Michael (Mike) McConnell (USN, Ret.) is vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles include serving on the firm's Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen's rapidly expanding cyber business. After retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a vice admiral, McConnell joined Booz Allen and led the development of the firm's information assurance business and the firm’s intelligence business, focused on policy, transformation, homeland security and intelligence analytics and rising to the position of senior vice president.

Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second director of National Intelligence, he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI for two years under Presidents Bush and Barack Obama. As the DNI, he managed the expansive national intelligence community, an organization of more than 100,000 people and an annual global enterprise budget of more than $47 billion. He had extensive interactions with the White House, the Cabinet, Congress, international leaders and the U.S. business community. In 2009, McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm's intelligence business. In 2011, he was elevated to his current position as vice chairman of the firm.

McConnell's career has spanned more than 40 years focused on international development and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year distinguished career as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security issues. During Desert Shield/Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, McConnell served as the intelligence officer for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet, Congress and a broad array of military and civil intelligence customers. During the same period, he also served as a member of the director of Central Intelligence's senior national intelligence leadership team, which addressed major programmatic and substantive foreign intelligence issues.

In addition to having been awarded many of the nation's highest military awards for meritorious service, McConnell has twice received the nation's highest award for service in the intelligence community, once by President Clinton and once by President Bush. He has also served as the chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA's William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.

McConnell holds a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom) and the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Furman University. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, McConnell has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees, the most recent from George Washington University in 2008.

James F. X. Payne

James (Jim) F. X. Payne

President, Public Sector, Z&A Inc.

James F. X. Payne is president of the Public Sector for Z&A Infotek an 8(a) company focused on cyber security based in Parsippany, New Jersey. He was previously the senior vice president and general manager of national security and cyber infrastructure at Telcordia Technologies. Payne is a longtime IT/telecommunications industry executive focusing on the federal government and has provided guidance on key issues as a member of the president's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the Council on Competitiveness and the president's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). Payne presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the AFCEA Cyber Committee and the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University. He earned the prestigious Federal 100 industry award in 1996 and 2000 for significant achievements in federal information technology.

Marcus Sachs

Marcus (Marc) Sachs

Vice President, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications

Marcus Sachs is the vice president for National Security Policy at Verizon in Washington, D.C., where he works closely with government and business stakeholders in task forces, working groups, committees and trade associations as part of the National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) community in the Nation's Capital. In January 2011, he was elected as vice chair of the U.S. Communications Sector Coordinating Council. In November 2007, Sachs was named a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. From August 2003 to December 2010, he directed the all-volunteer SANS Internet Storm Center.

Sachs' professional experience includes a 20-year military career in the U.S. Army, two years of federal civilian service at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security and more than nine years as an executive in the private sector. He has appeared on several domestic and foreign television and radio networks as a computer security expert, has testified before Congress and is frequently quoted by online and print media. He serves on the advisory boards of SAGE Inc., the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science. He is a member of the boards of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance, Internet Security Alliance and DShield Inc.

From January 2005 to August 2007, Sachs led the Washington, D.C., research team of SRI International's Computer Science Laboratory. His group supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security Research and Development Center and served as the operations and analysis center of the U.S. Department of Defense's Cyber Threat Analytics research project.

In January 2002, Sachs was appointed by the president to serve concurrently on the staff of the National Security Council as the director for Communication Infrastructure Protection in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security and on the staff of the president's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. The board was created in October 2001 to coordinate critical infrastructure protection issues across all U.S. federal agencies in partnership with the industry sectors. The most significant effort undertaken by the board was the development of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, published in February 2003. As a member of the White House staff, Sachs coordinated efforts to protect and secure the nation's telecommunication and Internet infrastructures, leveraging expertise from U.S. government agencies, the domestic private sector and the international community. He also participated in bilateral and multi-lateral talks with officials from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to develop policies for protecting cyber and physical infrastructures. While at the White House, he developed the initial concept and strategy for the creation of the United States Computer Emergency Response Team. After the Cyberspace Security Strategy was published, Sachs joined the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for developing the implementation plan for the strategy.

Sachs retired at the rank of major from the United States Army in 2001 after serving over 20 years as a Corps of Engineers and systems automation officer. He specialized during the latter half of his career in computer network operations, tactical communication systems and the application of information technology to the defense environment. In 1998, he was selected by the secretary of defense to serve with the Defense Department's Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, a small organization created to defend the DoD's computer networks from foreign intrusions. At the JTF, he served as the senior operations analyst and technical director and was responsible for investigating and preparing a defensive strategy for several high-profile computer network incidents. His previous military assignments include serving as the director of the XVIII Airborne Corps automation office at Fort Bragg and serving as the director of the 4th Infantry Division's tactical computer network operations in support of the Army's Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiments at Fort Hood. His military career included assignments in Karlsruhe and Vilseck Germany, Fort Belvoir, Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort Hood, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leonard Wood and Washington, D.C., as well as deployments to Haiti and Panama. On both tours to Germany, he was the station manager for the local Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) station and was active in local Boy Scout troops and scouting activities. He was well known in the Defense Department as an information security expert and was a frequent speaker at conferences and public events.

Sachs holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in information security from James Madison University, a Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Army Engineer School, the Army Computer Science School and the Army's Airborne and Air Assault schools. Sachs is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. He holds an advanced class amateur radio license; is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia; is a member of the local InfraGard, ECTF and ISSA chapters; and is a life member of the Signal Corps Regimental Association, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Texas Exes. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, he and his wife currently live in Virginia. They have two grown children, one living in Washington state and the other in Georgia.

John N. Stewart

John N. Stewart

Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Threat Response, Intelligence, and Development (TRIAD), Cisco Systems, Inc.

As senior vice president and chief security officer, John Stewart leads the Cisco Threat Response, Intelligence and Development (TRIAD) group.

As Cisco's chief security officer, Stewart leads the company's programs to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of critical information and computing assets and manages risk to enable positive growth for Cisco's business. He also oversees security in development practices in Cisco's engineering organization, research in critical infrastructure assurance, electronic discovery in Cisco's legal organization and Internet security research. Stewart is also responsible for overseeing security for, the infrastructure supporting Cisco's business, as well as Cisco WebEx, the collaboration service providing more than 73 million online meetings per year, among other Cisco functions.

The TRIAD organization meets the unique requirements of government and critical infrastructure private sector customers around the world while advising on practices and technology solutions that achieve and enhance their mission goals. His organization carries out initiatives focused on global information security, threat intelligence, identity management and security evaluation, product security and secure product delivery and government security with focus on defense, intelligence, national security, cryptography and services that promote Cisco, Internet, national and global security.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has been an active member in the broad security industry, leading or participating in security efforts ranging from elementary school IT design to national security programs. Today, he sits on technical advisory boards for Panorama Capital and RedSeal Networks and is on the board of directors for KoolSpan, Fixmo and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance. Additionally, Stewart serves on the Council of Experts for the Global Cyber Security Center. He has served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and on advisory boards for successful companies such as Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Ingrian Networks, Riverhead and TripWire. He is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker, a popular blogger, a 2010 recipient of the Federal 100 Award and one of Security magazine’s Most Influential Security Executives for 2012. His drive is simple: results.

Stewart holds a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science with honors from Syracuse University.

L. William (Bill) Varner

L. William (Bill) Varner

President and COO, Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions Group, ManTech International Corporation

L. William (Bill) Varner is president and chief operating officer of ManTech's Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions group. Before joining ManTech, he was vice president, corporate officer and executive director of the Intelligence Operations Unit at Northrop Grumman-TASC, which specialized in highly technical engineering and operations support to the intelligence community. While at TASC, his business grew substantially, and his team earned Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 5 certification in software development. He joined TASC in 1978 and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in project, program and line management before becoming a senior executive.

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About the Board

The UMUC Cybersecurity Program Advisory Board counsels the university strategically on national needs in cyber security and informs the development of academic programs that are responsive to those needs.

Formed in 2009, the board consists of distinguished thought leaders in cyber security who have served in executive-level national security roles in the U.S. Armed Services and the Executive Branch of the federal government.

Board members also include executives with extensive experience in the private sector, particularly in information technology.