Speaker: Ms. Diana Parr Date: Monday, October, 27, 2014 Time: 4: 00pm – 5: 00pm Location: Stuart Building, Room 106 & 107

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Speaker: Ms. Diana Parr

Date: Monday, October, 27, 2014

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Stuart Building, Room 106 & 107 (broadcast overflow)


Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) Technical Manager at the National Security Agency, will talk about the application of information assurance in the government workplace. Her focus will be on the role her agency plays in defending the Nation's networks for national security systems that handle classified information or information otherwise critical to military or intelligence activities.

The Directorate in which Ms. Parr works is responsible for NSA's defensive mission and is widely acknowledged for leading innovative security solutions. Partnering extensively with government, industry, and academia, allows IAD to ensure appropriate security solutions are in place to protect and defend information systems, as well as our Nation's critical infrastructure. IAD's work is guided by its vision to create "Confidence in Cyberspace."

Other topics that will be discussed:

-       government positions with skills matching your education both from NSA and other government agencies

-       the employment/application process
-       security clearance requirements and the process
-       student intern programs and why they are so valuable

Bio: Diana Parr is a Cybersecurity Technical Leader for the National Security Agency (NSA). She supports the NSA Information Assurance mission as a cybersecurity advocate to senior leadership within NSA, as well as diplomatic and intelligence agencies. She has worked on projects involving computer network attacks against government and diplomatic systems, cloud computing vulnerabilities, nuclear command and control protection, and other information assurance issues. She also served in technical management roles involving data center management, help desk operations, and software development, both while working for NSA’s Technology Directorate and in a previous assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She is the recipient of two national intelligence awards for service and leadership in the intelligence community. Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Parr worked in private industry for 20 years, including four years working for software companies in Silicon Valley. Ms. Parr has an M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., with concentrations in International Security Studies and Homeland Security Strategy and Leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

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