October 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Cyber Career Paths

Interested in a Cyber Career? Get career advice and insights from a panel of successful Cybersecurity Professionals. The ISSA National Capital Chapter is hosting a Cyber Career Panel as part of TechScoop's DC CyberWeek.

Get career advice and insights from a panel of successful Cybersecurity Professionals.


Whether you are a senior cyber security expert or just starting your career in cyber, you will benefit from this event. More senior professionals are encouraged to bring their protegees. The session will last approximately 90 minutes and will begin with a brief Chapter introduction and housekeeping, followed by a moderated discussion/Q & A.

Here is a sampling of issues our moderator will cover:

• Brief panelist introduction/bio
• How did you get into cybersecurity?
• What does a typical day look like?
• What certifications and courses do you think are valuable?
• What skills and attributes do you think are most needed in the field?
• What do you look for when hiring?
• What advice would you give a student who wants to be successful in this field?


Tyrone Wilson President of Cover6 Solutions, Organizer of the D.C. Cyber Security Professionals and Breaking Into Cyber Meet Up groups, Virtual CISO.

Eric Mill Senior Advisor, U.S. General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Service (pending Agency approval)

Loren Schwartz, IT Audit Partner, Cotton & Co.

Michael Misumi, CIO, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Vu Nguyen, Acting CISO, US Citizenship and Immigration Services


Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

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Speaker bios

Eric Mill, Sr. Advisor, TTS/GSA, has been an integral force in moving the digital security discussion into the minds of public servants across the government. He was the driving force behind M-15-13, which requires federal websites to use HTTPS. He leads the “Security-today” listserv, in which the community discusses vulnerabilities, solutions, new technology capabilities, and other cybersecurity-related issues. He was also a main component of the government's recent adoption of bug bounties, which have proved extremely valuable to the Pentagon and others. Eric is a true gem in this field, and we are all lucky to have him in public service.
Eric was just nominated for a FedScoop 50 award.

Mr. Michael Misumi became the Chief Information Officer of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on January 3, 2008. In addition to serving as the CIO, Mr. Misumi is a Department Head leading a 350-person department that manages IT applications and infrastructure for APL, while also serving on the front lines of cyber-protection, securing APL networks from hackers and other outside threats. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal agencies. The Laboratory has more than 6,000 staff members who are making critical contributions to a wide variety of nationally and globally significant technical and scientific challenges. Prior to joining APL he was at the RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was Deputy CIO. He led the operational Cyber Strategy development and has over 20 years experience developing information technology strategy, security operations, project portfolio management, network operations, data center operations, desktop administration and personnel management. Mr. Misumi is the APL Cyber Response Incident Lead and has led a Cyber Security review of all of Johns Hopkins institutions. In addition to his APL responsibilities, he leads the Navy UARC Cyber Security Task Force, serves on the US Strategic Command’s (USSTRACOM) Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) IT Task Force and the Computer Advisory Committee for Oakridge National Laboratory, and is a Board Member for the Howard County School System Cyber Security program. Mr. Misumi earned a BA and MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Loren Schwartz joined Cotton & Company in May 2002 and was elected a partner in April 2003. He has more than 20 years of diversified information system audit, financial and operational audit, privacy, and risk management consulting experience. He directs many of Cotton & Company’s major information technology reviews and audits. Mr. Schwartz’s experience includes directing and participating in a wide range of system reviews, Federal Information Security Management Act/Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audits, financial statement audits, process re-engineering improvement projects, and audits of internal management controls of automated information systems. He has directed projects with clients ranging in size from start-up entrepreneurial organizations to Fortune 500 organizations. His industry experience includes both commercial and governmental clients. Mr. Schwartz has also conducted speaking engagements for well-known industry organizations on a variety of topics related to information technology. Mr. Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) (Washington, DC Chapter). In addition, Mr. Schwartz is a Board Member at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC.

Vu T. Nguyen is currently serving as the Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for US. Citizenship and Immigration Services. His responsibilities include providing direction and oversight to all USCIS cyber security initiatives as well as ensuring the FISMA compliance of USCIS systems and programs.
Prior to joining USCIS, Mr. Nguyenserved as the Director of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Compliance and Metrics Division in the DHS Office of the Chief Information Security Officer. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring department-wide compliance with FISMA and other legislative mandates. He established department-wide compliance reporting metrics to evaluate and mitigate DHS IT security vulnerabilities and ensure the integrity and accountability of all information systems.
Mr. Nguyen has also served the Chief of the DHS Enterprise Security Operations Center (ESOC) from 2014 to 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Nguyen led several major cybersecurity operations and enhanced the overall maturity and efficacy of the ESOC by bolstering its network monitoring and analysis, vulnerability assessment, security engineering, and incident response capabilities.
Mr. Nguyen has also held supervisory positions in the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Department of Commerce security operation centers. He has also supported the Homeland Security Advisory Council Cyberskills Task Force as a subject matter expert in cyber threat analysis and response.