Once a year the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security meet to discuss innovations in technology and how to prepare their students for their careers ahead .
For over twenty years, the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) has been the sole forum in which the members of the academic field of cybersecurity have gathered to present and discuss new ideas. CISSE was first established to provide a single place to conduct productive conversations between a variety of government, industry, and academic on the topic of cybersecurity education. Ideas arising from those discussions have led to new and improved content and curricula for cybersecurity teaching.
Alan Paller founded SANS, a college (Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges) and professional cybersecurity training school that trains more than 39,000 cybersecurity technologists each year. Alan oversees a global program that identifies and celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber risk reduction and chairs the annual RSA keynote panel on the "Five Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors." He has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives and was an initial member of the President's National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was chosen by OMB and the Federal CIO Council as the 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a single, non-government person to improving federal information technology. In 2010, the Washington Post named him one of seven people "worth knowing in cyber security."
Alan co-chaired the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Committee's 2012 Task Force on Cyber Skills and headed the Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity for the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council. Earlier in his career Alan helped build one of the first large software companies, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He earned degrees in Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.