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Cybersecurity Leadership Video Series Launched

The School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering are launching a video series called “Cybersecurity for Executives,” which will feature interviews with industry, government and academic experts on current cybersecurity leadership issues.

The series is aimed at executives and board members, who are increasingly aware that they must develop strategies and allocate resources for combatting the cyber threat. The first video features Mason’s Dr. J.P. Auffret addressing the evolving role of an organization’s top cybersecurity position, the chief information security officer (CISO). The CISO is becoming an executive leadership position, calling for knowledge of not just technology but also of policy, business, and leadership.

The videos are being produced with support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The grant also provides for the development of CISO core competencies and corresponding learning objectives as well as industry engagement and collaboration through conferences and workshops for executives on current cybersecurity leadership challenges.

Auffret is the director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative at the School of Business and the associate director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) at the Volgenau School of Engineering.  He works with both schools in a multidisciplinary effort on projects with a research to practice orientation, conducting research on major cybersecurity issues of the day and partnering with government and private sector entities including NSF, Korea Agency for Defense Development, IBM, and PwC.

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Mary Crowson

Mary Crowson is a program operations specialist for the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative within George Mason's School of Business.

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