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2022 VA Cyber Navigator Boot Camp

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The Cyber Innovation & Society Initiative and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative are excited to host our first "boot camp"  for the Summer 2022 Virginia Cyber Navigator Interns.  The boot camp provides preparation for the interns before they begin working with local election registrars in Virginia. The boot camp will be June 2 - 3, 2022 in Charlottesville, Virginia. This initiative is funded by National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program within the National Security Agency. The program promotes academic excellence for institutions that are equipping the cybersecurity workforce to protect critical infrastructure

The following agenda is current as of May 20, 2022.  We expect only minor updates at this time. 

Parking: Daytime parking is available in the UVA lots labeled "E3". Follow these instructions (pdf file) to register your vehicle (no paper permit is needed). The event access code is VACNPB22LU46.
Thursday's dinner parking at the Omni is available in the Omni hotel parking garage.  

Day 0 - Wednesday, June 1, 2022

  • Students will arrive and can check into Gibbons Dorm between 15:00 – 18:45.

Day 1 - Thursday, June 2, 2022

Daytime location: Jefferson Scholars Building Founders Hall. Zoom is available during the day.  Dinner Location: Omni Hotel, Preston Room.



08:00 – 08:45

Light Breakfast

08:45 – 09:45


Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

Jennifer West, Dean, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Johnathan Barbett, Director of Information Security, Virginia Department of Elections, Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Locality Security Program Manager, Virginia Department of Elections, Tim Wyatt, ValGIT Representativeh

09:45 – 10:45

Virginia Cybersecurity Community and Virginia Cyber Navigator Coalition Schools

Luiz DaSliva, Executive Director, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI)

Bob Dahlberg, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonweatlh University

Angela Orebaugh, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Massimilano Albanese, Associate Professor, George Mason University

Mary Ann Hoppa, Associate Professor, Norfolk State University

Chunsheng Xin, Professor, Old Dominion University

Justin Monday, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00 

Safe and Secure Elections – We're Not Playing Games

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Locality Security Program Manager, Virginia Department of Elections

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Kim Wyman, Senior Election Security Advisor, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

13:30 – 14:30

Team Building Exercise

Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) exercise provided by MetaCTF

14:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 15:45

Dos and Don'ts for Interns & Cybersecurity What Ifs

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Locality Security Program Manager, Virginia Department of Elections

15:45 – 16:45

Professional Behavior and Expectations

Julia Lapan, Director, Center for Engineering Career Development (presentation pdf)

18:30 –

Reception and Dinner

Omni Hotel (Preston Room), 212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dinner Speakers: Lynne Clark, Chief, Center for Education, Innovation and Outreach, National Cryptologic School (A29), NSA
                                             Chief, National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program Office

                           Christopher Krebs, First Director, Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
                                      Resident Scholar, University of Virginia Center for Politics

Day 2 - Friday, June 3, 2022

Location: Rice Hall Room 130 and Davis Commons

Time Activity
08:15 – 08:55  Light Breakfast
08:55 – 09:00

Welcome Back

Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia


09:00 – 10:00

Planning Responses and Beyond

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Locality Security Program Manager, Virginia Department of Elections

10:00 – 11:00

Team Building Activity

Angela Orebaugh,  Escape Room

11:00 – 11:15 


11:15 – 12:15

Careers in Cybersecurity

Dana Quist, Assistant Director and Career Services Advisor, Center for Engineering Career Development

UVA Alumni

Jeff Grey, CarMax, Cybersecurity Engineer II
Mariah Kenny, Crowd Strike, Senior Incident Response Consultant at CrowdStrike.
Crystal Ro, BlueVoyant, Senior Director, Cyber Analytics and Quality Assurance


Linda Bixby, Ph.D., Director, Academic Programs, LMI
Timothy Brooks, Program Manager, Leidos

12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:15

Administrative Requirements

Arielle Schneider, Policy Officer, Virginia Department of Elections (presentation pdf)

14:15 – 14:30




Safe Travels to All

Group Photo

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