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2023 VA Cyber Navigator Bootcamp

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The Cyber Innovation & Society Initiative and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative are excited to host our "boot camp"  for the Summer 2023 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 May 25 - 26, 2023 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

STUDENT INTERNS: Visit this page for "need to know before you come" items. 


HOTEL SUGGESTIONS: Visiting faculty, elections officials, and other non-student visitors can reference this page for a list of hotels close to UVA. 

The following agenda is a work in progress, check back for updates. 

Day 0 - Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Day 1 - Thursday, May 25, 2023

Daytime location: UVA Rotunda, Dome Room (non-meal events), lower west oval room & multi-purpose room (for breakfast & lunch).  Dinner Location: UVA Garden Room



08:00 – 08:45

Light Breakfast & Check-in - Rotunda Lower West Oval Room and Multi-Purpose Room

08:45 – 09:30

Welcomes - Rotunda Dome Room

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

Susan Beals, Commissioner, Department of Elections

Johnathan Barbett, Director of Information Security, Virginia Department of Elections

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Elections Director, Soch, Inc. and Virginia Cyber Navigator Coordinator

09:30 – 09:50

Virginia Cyber Navigator Coalition Schools

Bob Dahlberg, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth 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

09:50 – 10:25

Mentoring Interns

Missy Vera, General Registrar and Director of Elections, Chesterfield County, Virginia

Local Government Organization and Processes

Halle Cullison, General Registrar and Director of Elections, Richmond County, Virginia

10:25 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:05 

Virginia Fusion Center – Statewide Information Collection, Analysis and Sharing

Megan Parra, Lead Intelligence Analyst, Cyber Intelligence Unit, Virginia Fusion Center

11:05 – 11:45

Safe and Secure Elections – We Are Not Playing Games

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Elections Director, Soch, Inc. and Virginia Cyber Navigator Coordinator

11:45 – 12:15

National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) Program

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

12:15 – 13:30

Lunch - Rotunda Lower West Oval Room and Multi-Purpose Room

13:30 – 14:30

Team Building Exercise with Interns and Localities

Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) exercise provided by MetaCTF

14:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 15:30

2023 Locality Election Security Standards (LESS) Changes

Arielle Schneider, Privacy Officer, Virginia Department of Elections

15:30 – 15:50

CIS – Center for Internet Security

Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting Service for U.S. State, Local, Tribal and Territorial government organizations

Anthony Essmaker, Center for Internet Security, Account Management Specialist

15:50 – 16:30

Election Software Security and Compliance and Physical Assessments

Matt Norris, Cybersecurity Analyst, South Carolina Election Commission
Sunny Singh, Principal, Research and Development Soch, Inc

17:15 –

Reception and Dinner - Colonnade Club Pavilion VII & Garden Room
Dinner Speaker: Noah Praetz, Founder – The Elections Group, Former Cook County Elections Director, and author of Cyber Navigator Program of Illinois

17:15 – 18:15 Reception with Light Hors D'oeuvres at the Colonnade Club Pavilion VII

18:30 – 20:00 Seated Dinner in the Garden Room

Day 2 - Friday, May 26, 2023

Location: UVA Rice Hall (Room 130 and Davis Commons) - 85 Engineer's Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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

Welcome Back

Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

09:00 – 09:10

Budgeting For Your Internship

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Elections Director, Soch, Inc. and Virginia Cyber Navigator Coordinator

09:10 – 10:00

Table Top Exercise - Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Benjamin Gilbert, CISSP, CRISC, CEH, Supervisory Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA Region 3

10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15

Team Building Activity – Escape Room

Angela Orebaugh,  Department of Computer Science

11:00 – 11:15 


11:15 – 12:15

Professional Behavior and Expectations

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

12:15 –13:15

Lunch (Davis Commons, Just Outside Auditorium) 

13:15 – 14:15

FOIA and Confidentiality Training

Terri Detrani, FOIA Officer, Virginia Department of Elections

14:15 – 15:00

Public Service Career Pathways

Dana Quist, Assistant Director & Career Advisor, Center for Engineering Career Development

15:00 – 15:30

Wrap-up and Group Photo



Safe Travels to All


Group Photo