Day 2 Agenda - December 5, 2017


NOTE: Event map & room locations will be provided in the program booklet at the registration table during the event


(To see full presentation title, speaker, and description, click on a colored box within the sessions below. To return to the full agenda, click the X in the top right corner of your screen.)


7:00am - Registration Opens

7:00-8:00AM - Birds-of-a-Feather Networking and Breakfast

The Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are interactive, informal, group-driven discussions. They are a non-commercial, dynamic venue for conference attendees to openly discuss current topics of focused mutual interest. Pick your topic and engage in a lively discussion over breakfast.

8:00-8:15am - Opening and AnnouncemenTS from NICE K12 Subgroup Co-Chairs

  • Carlos Garcia - Cybersecurity Lead Instructor, Business and Computer Technology Department, Jackson College
  • Patrick Schultz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Business Professionals of America (BPA)

8:15-8:30am - NICE Program Office Overview and Updates

  • Rodney Petersen, Director

  • Bill Newhouse, Deputy Director

  • Danielle Santos, Program Manager

  • Clarence Williams, Lead for Government Engagement

  • Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement

8:30-9:15am - morning keynote

Paul Vann11th Grader, Founder/CEO, Vanntech Cyber

As the cybersecurity industry grows larger, a growing number of students in primary and secondary schools will need to be educated on the inner workings of the field, and gain the expertise it entails to prepare students for the cybersecurity careers of tomorrow. Paul will be discussing the opportunities and resources that he’s been given that have helped him grow into a cybersecurity leader, and how to provide these resources to other students all across the country. He will also discuss the avenues that other students can take towards entering the cyber field, and how to motivate children to be interested in a cybersecurity profession. 

9:15-9:25 - Tennessee Department of Education Welcome

Deborah A. Knoll - Career Cluster Consultant, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and STEM Division of College, Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education



9:40-10:30am - student panel

Moderator - Davina Pruitt-Mentle, NICE; Student Panelists - Jake Officer - 8th Grade Student, White County Middle School; Jacob Strickler - Undergraduate Computer Science and Cybersecurity Student, Tennessee Tech; Katie Burks - Undergraduate Mathematics Student, Tennessee Tech; Nick Moore and Alexia Sychareune - Students, Stratford STEM School 

10:30-10:40 - Exhibitor showcase & break

10:40-11:20am - Session 1

10:40am-12:00pm - drop in session - capture the flag

Ambareen Siraj - Cybersecurity Education Research and Outreach Center

Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions allow students to learn cybersecurity skills in a fun and engaging way. It is an effective platform to increase students’ interest in cybersecurity and prepare them for defending against real cyber attackers. A typical CTF competition requires at least some basic technical security knowledge and months of diligent preparation. Inspired by the CS Unplugged project, the primary goal of the CTF Unplugged project is to teach students with little or no technical knowledge about the different cybersecurity challenges that a cybersecurity professional must address and the problem-solving skills needed for a cybersecurity career, all without direct use of technology.

11:20-11:30am - Exhibitor showcase & break

11:30am-12:00pm - Session 2

12:00-1:30pm - LUNCH/Exhibitor showcase

12:45-12:50PM - National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW) Cybersecurity Challenge Winners

12:50-1:30pm - LUNCH KEYNOTE - Teacher & School Counselor Panel

Moderator - Jill Cook - Assistant Director, ASCA; Panelists - Liz Parker - Coordinator of School Counseling Programs, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools; Nicole Cobb - Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University; Robert Officer - School Counselor, White County Middle School; Terri Tchorzynski - 2017 School Counselor of the Year, and School Counselor, Calhoun Area Career Center

This panel will discuss the role of today’s school counselor, which has evolved over the past two decades, and the innovative ways school counselors are ensuring students are equipped with information about all post-secondary opportunities, including expanding their awareness and familiarity about jobs in cybersecurity and other STEM related fields . Representatives from a public education career center, a school district, higher education and the American School Counselor Association will share best practices and examples that highlight how career development is fundamental to student success.

1:30-1:40PM Exhibitor showcase & break


1:40-2:30pm - Drop in Session - Hacker Resources

David Hernandez - Arizona NICE RAMPS Grant Project Coordinator

Explore Explore a plethora of exciting resources to supplement instruction; for both formal and informal classroom use. These will assist with current class material, but also allow self-lead students to progress much further than class material.

2:30-2:40pm - Exhibitor showcase & break

2:40-3:20pm - session 4

3:20-3:30pm - Exhibitor showcase & break

3:30-4:15pm - Closing Keynote

Diane G. Miller, CCP - Director, InfoSec Operations & Identity Management

Director, Global Cyber Education & Workforce Development Programs, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Finding qualified talent to address the cyber workforce shortage is a struggle for many organizations - and the gap continues to widen. To close the gap, we need to start considering pathways to get students into cybersecurity – now and in the future. Diversity and trust are critical to achieving this goal.  First, we need students with a variety of academic backgrounds, various levels of education and training, and an abundance of assorted strengths, assets and talents.  Paths to careers in cybersecurity are often dynamic with few direct paths and success being a result of collaboration, communication and the ability to think beyond the norm.  Second, all business domains depend on cybersecurity professionals they can trust to protect and maintain their systems and information.  We need to encourage students to behave ethically, responsibly, and safely in cyberspace such that their  behaviors afford them the opportunity to pursue a career where they can feel good about making a difference every day to protect our nation’s citizens, economy, and way of life. Diane will address these challenges and offer ideas to assist professionals, academic professionals and students in navigating the dynamics of education and workforce preparation in the cybersecurity field.

4:15-4:30pm - closing remarks