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The Academia Involvement in Community Cybersecurity Conference will take place from February 28th until March 1st, 2023.

Build awareness on how institutions of higher education can positively impact the cybersecurity of their communities.

Network with 200 niche members of government, academia and industries.

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Thanks to our collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), there is no cost to register.
Registration FULL


While much has been accomplished toward the nation’s cybersecurity efforts, one area still lacking significantly in cybersecurity preparedness are the states, local governments, tribes and territories. The nation needs a grassroots effort to build national cybersecurity from the ground up, and this will require a “champion” and catalyst in each community across the nation. The best place to look for these champions is in institutions of higher education (IHE) in partnership with local K-12 school districts.

The Academia Involvement in Community Cybersecurity Conference will examine how IHE’s can have a significant impact on the communities they reside in, and what they can do to inspire a Culture of Cybersecurity throughout the community. This includes all sectors – government, industry, critical infrastructures, academia, non-profit organizations, and the citizens. These entities make up the “soft underbelly” of the nation and have increasingly been the target of cyber attacks.

The goal of the conference is to make IHEs and school districts aware of how they can impact the nation’s cybersecurity posture and workforce. IHEs and school districts will be presenting ideas on how they can impact their communities and the resources available to them. The goal is to spread this across the nation through the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) network, and that additional ideas and projects will be spawned from the conference that can be shared through the NCAE community to increase community cybersecurity.

Who Can Attend

Whether working in academia, industry, national, state or local government or simply interested in helping champion this effort within your community – you are invited to attend!

Registration & Stipends

Thanks to our collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), registration fees have been waived and a limited number of stipends have been made available. Registration is now full and new stipend requests are no longer being accepted. You may still register through the link above, but you will be added to a waitlist. If you have questions about a stipend request that has been submitted for consideration, please email

Conference Location

The Academia Involvement in Community Cybersecurity Conference will be hosted in the brand new San Pedro 1 Building near The University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus.

The address: 506 Dolorosa Street, San Antonio, TX 78204


Paid parking lots, paid garages and metered street parking are available around the San Pedro 1 Building. Click here to see a map of the of the conference location (identified on the map as UTSA SDS/NSCC). Or see other downtown UTSA parking options.

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Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio Downtown/Market Square

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506 Dolorosa St, San Antonio, TX 78204 Distance – 3 minutes drive; 8 minute walk

Single King $119, Double Queen $129, with CODE: UTS

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Tuesday, February 28th

StartEndSeminar TopicSeminar Presenter
8:00 AM9:00 AMRegistration
Coffee and Water
9:00 AM9:15 AMUTSA and Event WelcomeDavid Mongeau, School of Data Science Founding Director and Professor of Practice
9:15 AM9:30 AMSan Antonio WelcomeKevin Goodwin, CTO, City of San Antonio
9:30 AM9:40 AMONCD WelcomeDr. Suzanne Nielsen, Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director
9:40 AM10:10 AMThe Cyberthreat to CommunitiesSA James Gerhart
10:10 AM10:30 AMDHS and SLTT relationshipErnesto Ballesteros, TX State Cybersecurity Coordinator, DHS/CISA
10:30 AM10:50 AMNSCC and forming Gov/Ind/Acad PartnershipsGuy Walsh (USAF ret), Executive Director, UTSA/NSCC
10:50 AM11:00 AMTheme of the ConferenceDr. Gregory White, Professor of Computer Science, Director, UTSA/CIAS
11:00 AM11:15 AMBreakAlan CyBear
11:15 AM11:40 AMRemarks by ONCDSeeyew Mo, Assistant National Cyber Director
11:40 AM12:05 PMRemarks by CISAAlaina Clark, Assistant Director for Stakeholder Engagement, DHS/CISA
12:05 PM1:00 PMLunchSpeaker Below
12:05 PM1:00 PMWhere are we going to get the number of professionals we need?Lynn Dohm, Executive Director, WiCyS
SLTT Programs Discussion
1:00 PM1:30 PMNational Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) and CCSMMDr. Cheryl May, Director, Criminal Justice Institue at the University of Arkansas System, and Natalie Sjelin, Associate Director – Training, CIAS
1:30 PM2:00 PMThe Gula Tech FoundationRon and Cyndi Gula, Gula Tech Foundation
2:00 PM2:30 PMAngelo State University experience with promoting community cybersecurityDr. Scarlet Clouse, Dean of College of Education, Angelo State University
2:30 PM2:45 PMBreakAlan CyBear
The Role of Colleges/Universities in Community Cybersecurity
2:45 PM3:15 PMIncreasing Digital Awareness for All, Cybersecurity for AllRalph Ley, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
3:15 PM3:45 PMWorkforce for Critical InfrastructuresBob Tarwater, INL; Jonathan Homer, CPS Energy; John Dickson as Moderator
3:45 PM4:15 PMGrowth in Cyber/Cybersecurity In Windfarms/Energy Sector, And Native American Commerce
Dr. Stephen Miller, Director/Professor Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso and CoPI NCyTE
4:15 PM4:45 PMCyber Solarium 2.0Philip Niedermair, National Cyber Group LLC
4:45 PM4:50 PMFirst day closingDr. White / Dr. Nielsen

Wednesday, March 1st

Start End Track 1 Seminar Topic Track 1 Seminar Presenter Track 2 Seminar Topic Track 2 Seminar Presenter
Colleges and Universities K-12
7:45 AM 8:15 AM Registration Coffee and Water Registration Coffee and Water
8:15 AM 8:45 AM The Institute of CyberSecurity and Innovation (iCSI) at North East ISD Deb Caldwell, Executive Director External Relations, NEISD Cyber’s Future – Creating Pathways for Diverse Communities to Pursue Cybersecurity Careers Dr. King and Project Xander students, Loudoun County, VA
8:45 AM 9:15 AM Benefit and State of Competitions Dwayne Williams, Associate Director – Competitions, CIAS You don’t need to be a cybersecurity professional to introduce Cybersecurity in K-12: Use of Cybersecurity Games Larry Sjelin, Associate Director – K12, CIAS
9:15 AM 9:45 AM Project Xander Bobby Blount, MITRE Corp. The Institute of CyberSecurity and Innovation (iCSI) at North East ISD Dr. Sean Maika, Superintendent NEISD, Anthony Jarrett, Chief Instructional Officer
9:45 AM 10:15 AM Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics: Training the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders Sarah Powazek, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Competitions: another easy way to introduce cybersecurity to students Dwayne Williams, CIAS
10:15 AM 10:30 AM Break Alan CyBear Break Alan CyBear
10:30 AM 11:00 AM UNLV Free Cyber Clinic and GenCyber Camp experience Dr. Juyeon Jo and Yoohwan Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas National Resources Available to Align K12 and Postsecondary Pathways Kim Muschalek, Director CIS/Computer Science Department, San Antonio College (SAC)
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Engaging with K-12 on cybersecurity Dr. Scarlet Clouse, Dean of College of Education, Angelo State University San Antonio, a Model CyberPatriot Center of Excellence Joe Sanchez, Executive Director, CyberTexas Foundation
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Leveraging Community Colleges to Increase DEIA in Cybersecurity Kim Muschalek at SAC Obtaining Cybersecurity and related certifications in High School Josh Beck, teacher, institute of CyberSecurity and Innovation (iCSI) at NEISD
12:00 PM 1:15 PM Lunch with speaker Davina Pruitt-Mentle, NIST/NICE Lunch with speaker Davina Pruitt-Mentle, NIST/NICE