Nuclear Regulatory Commission Virtual Cybersecurity Seminar & Expo

Speakers & Panelists
Prior to joining the College of Information and Cyberspace faculty, Mr. Duke served over 25 years in the U.S. Army, within U.S. Signal Corps Communication and Electronics. Mr. Duke was also a Joint Duty Officer with the National Security Agency as an Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE) while supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), DoD Joint Staff, the many organizations within the Intelligence Community (IC), and numerous Non-DoD agencies.

Mark Duke will be in the following session(s):

COVID-19 – Welcome to the New Norm of Telework Cyberspace - Now Learn- the Untold Truth of Cyber Vulnerabilities & Concerns During this COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis!
06/02/20: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

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Susannah Paletz received her PhD in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley (December 2003), where she studied teamwork, creativity, and culture, as well as bias in interpreting scientific evidence. In 2004 she joined NASA Ames Research Center as a civil servant Research Psychologist, first in the Distributed Team Decision Making Laboratory (2004-2006) and then in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group (2006-2008), contributing to a range of aerospace projects. From 2008 to 2013, Paletz was a postdoctoral research associate and then Principal Investigator (PI) of National Science Foundation grants at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied team cognition and interaction via annotating communication. Paletz joined the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) as an Associate Research Scientist in 2013 (promoted to Research Scientist in 2017). At CASL, she supported or led numerous contracts and competed grants for the intelligence community or Department of Defense, including social media and computational social science projects. As of March 2019, she is a Research Professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Sciences. Paletz has authored/coauthored over 20 peer-reviewed articles; over 50 book chapters, conference proceedings papers and technical reports; and 65 peer-reviewed conference papers. She uses a variety of research methods, analyzing data from social media, surveys, experiments, interviews, archives, audio, and video. She applies psychology to issues of national importance, such as multinational teamwork and social influence. Most recently, she has been developing annotation methods to study a broad array of emotional content and reactions in multimedia social media. She and a multidisciplinary team received a Minerva grant to study emotions and narratives in Polish and Lithuanian social media (2019-2022).

Susannah Paletz will be in the following session(s):

Sharing Information Online: A Multidisciplinary Framework
06/02/20: 10:10 AM - 10:55 AM

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Mr. Stead joined DSS in 2005 after working in Industry for over 15 years. Alex worked as a Systems Administrator (SA) an assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO) as an Information system security officer (ISSO) and as an Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM). Mr. Stead joined DSS as an Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP) and performed accreditations as well as Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI's) on classified systems and networks. Mr. Stead was promoted to ISSP Team Lead in 2010. In this role he was responsible for 8 ISSP performing accreditations and reviews for Information Systems at over 200 companies. Alex and his team were responsible for standardizing the DSS in Transition inspection methodology of non-intrusive inspections of non-classified systems. Mr. Stead holds a Bachelor of Business degree and a Master's in Business Administration from Averett University and a Master's of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University. He holds a CISSP, CFE, CPP, CISA, ITIL v3 and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.

Alexander Snead will be in the following session(s):

Defensive Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA): Deliver Uncompromised
06/02/20: 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

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Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Mr. Ward is the Field Office Chief (FOC) for the DCSA Herndon 1 Field Office. He oversees a team of 7 Industrial Security Specialist (ISS) who are responsible for ensuring the protection and proper safeguarding of classified information in hands over 700 plus cleared defense contractors. This includes helping cleared industry create security programs that implement Personnel Security, Physical Security, Information Security, and Counterintelligence needed to maintain compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Mr. Ward started his career with the Defense Security Service (formally DCSA) in 2010 as an ISS for 5 years becoming a Subject Matter Expert in the security elements of International, Foreign Ownership Control or Influence (FOCI) and Special Access Program (SAP). He was promoted to the position of Capital Region Action Officer in 2015 where he helped implement and support 7 DCSA FOs within the National Capital Region to meet agency operation requirements. He again was promoted in 2019 where he is currently in the position of FOC. Mr. Ward has a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Ward is married to his wife Clarissa and has two amazing little girls Hailey 5 and Hannah 2.

Grant Ward will be in the following session(s):

Defensive Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA): Deliver Uncompromised
06/02/20: 11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

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