The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Mark Loepker - SANMARK

Students: Spring 2023, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

80/20 Rule-Cyber Hygiene

Oct 24, 2018

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Hygiene - it's good for your body and it's good for your computer/network. We will explore the simplicity of cyber hygiene and the insider/outsider threats that take advantage of poor hygiene. It is all a matter of focus and attention to threat actors. In addition, we will introduce you to the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation, Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM). This is a unique national value proposition to bring together cybersecurity education and invite collaboration. CCEI-NCM's core mission is to broaden cyber threat awareness, understand cybersecurity best practices with educational outreach, and to enhance operational cybersecurity workforce development in support of our nation's critical infrastructure sectors.

About the Speaker

Mark S. Loepker is a master practitioner in Information Assurance (IA) and International Partnerships with over 39 years of government experience. He excels at orchestrating dissimilar groups aimed at fostering consensus to solve the toughest cybersecurity challenges. Mr. Loepker held many Executive level leadership positions throughout his career.
Mr. Loepker currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Education Lead to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, focused on developing educational programs to be delivered from the new Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI). In this role, he focuses on ensuring that K-12/STEM initiatives are tightly aligned with national cyber curriculum standards, and that the CCEI becomes a national resource addressing
workforce development and operational training requirements targeting 13-20 grade curriculum.
During his National Security Agency career, he worked closely with Congressional Members and Staff on emerging cybersecurity issues and legislation. He was the Director, National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) established between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NSA to evaluate Information Technology (IT) product conformance to international standards. He was the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD/CIO), Defense-wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP) Director. He ensured the DoD's vital IT resources were secured and protected by unifying and integrating cybersecurity activities to achieve secure Net-Centric Global Information Grid operations. He served as the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), Secretariat Manager and was responsible for setting National Security Systems (NSS) national-level Information Assurance policies, directives, and instructions and providing a forum for the discussion of policy issues amongst U.S. Government departments and agencies. He served as the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Executive Subcommittee Chairman leading 27 Nations in product assurance, evaluation, supply chain risk management and managing the CCRA. He served for six years as the NATO Information Security Subcommittee National Co-Chairman and three years as the CNSS Subcommittee Chairman.
Mr. Loepker, working with Dr. Melissa Dark, Purdue's Professor of Technology in Computer and Information Technology, pioneered the first-ever NSA sponsored class where graduate students used typical NSA technical challenges for their class work with mentorship from NSA Technical
Directors. After five years, the effort now spans 19 Universities and 12 government agencies with over 354 alumni and over 160 currently enrolled.

Mr. Loepker's educational degrees include a Master in Business Administration – Quantitative Analysis, University of Missouri; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, Purdue University; Associate in Aviation Electronic Technology, Purdue University and numerous NSA technical, executive and legislative development programs.

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