The Cyber ​​AB Launches Academic Advisory Council Backed by Thought Leaders from Across Higher Education

All-Volunteer Council Provides Forum for Forging Closer Ties with Academia

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., June 28, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Cyber ​​AB today announced the formation and launch of its Academic Advisory Council (AAC), created to facilitate a critical voice from higher education institutions to provide key feedback and recommendations for successfully implementing CMMC in an academic environment . The AAC will also work to promote the incorporation of CMMC training curricula within college and university professional education programs.

The CMMC AAC is composed of esteemed thought leaders representing the higher education community. The Council directly advises The Cyber ​​AB only and does not have any affiliation with the Department of Defense.

“The AAC is bringing together recognized leaders from higher education to confer with us as we support DoD in implementing CMMC,” said Melanie Kyle Gingrich, The Cyber ​​AB Vice President for Training and Certification who concurrently serves as the Chair of the Council.

“There are scores of universities that support DoD through either grants or actual contract vehicles, many of which will eventually contain CMMC requirements,” Gingrich continued. “Academic environments and the data networks within them are different from their counterparts in the defense industry. We need to hear from the academic community on these issues, as well as learn about other challenges and opportunities for implementing CMMC within their institutions.”

Inaugural members of the CMMC Academic Advisory Council are:

Nelson Baker, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mike Borowczak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Wyoming

Michael Corn (Vice Chair)
Chief Information Security OfficerUniversity of California, San Diego

Scott V. Dolan, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Excelsior College

Sol Bermann, JD
Chief Information Security Officer
University of Michigan

William (Bill) Butler, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Capitol Technology University

Jordan DiMaggio
Vice President, Policy, and Digital Strategy
University Professional & Continuing Education Assn.

Melanie Kyle Gingrich (Chair)
Vice President for Training & Certification
The Cyber ​​AB

Adam Grant
Export Compliance Officer
University of Maryland

Kim Milford, JD
Executive Director

Jeffrey C. Sun, JD, Ph.D.
Professor & Distinguished University Scholar
University of Louisville

Talitha M. Washington, Ph.D.
Director, Data Science Initiative
Atlanta University Center Consortium

Kenneth L. Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Cyber ​​Defense
American Public University System

Jodi Ito
Chief Information Security Officer
University of Hawaii System

Peter Schiffer, Ph.D.
Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics
Yale University

Mladen Vouk, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
North Carolina State University
Associate Vice President, Information Security
Indiana University

The AAC convenes on a monthly basis and all members of the ACC serve in a voluntary, uncompensated capacity.

About The Cyber ​​AB
The CMMC Accreditation Body, Inc. is a private, independent, Maryland-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that serves as the sole official partner of the Department of Defense, via contract, for the implementation, accreditation, and oversight of the CMMC Ecosystem and its support to the Defense Industrial Base.

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