Cyber Beacon 2021
The Impacts of a Global Pandemic


On 9 December 2021, the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) hosted its 8th annual Cyber Beacon Conference (CB 2021).

Our College's annual flagship conference brings together experts and leaders from across the national security community, private sector, and academia to discuss the most pressing issues concerning cyberspace, information, and national security. You can find links to past conferences on our site under the "events" dropdown tab. The 2021 conference theme was "The Impacts of a Global Pandemic".

CB 2021 was held on Thursday the 9th of December 2021 from 9 AM to 2 PM (US eastern time). Due to the ongoing global pandemic, this event was held online. Comments are those of the respective speaker and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the US government or any other entity.

Watch most of CB 2021 on our YouTube channel here and read the article (National Cyber Director Unveils New Approach at Cyber War College Conference) here.


Thursday 9 December 2021


09:00-09:05: Administrative Remarks


Master of Ceremonies



Lieutenant Colonel Perry Alexander

Instructor at CIC


09:05-09:15: Welcoming Remarks


Lieutenant General Michael Plehn

President of NDU


09:15-09:30: Opening Remarks


Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis

Interim Chancellor of CIC


09:30-11:00: Cyber Implications of COVID-19 (Panel)


Panel Moderator:


Michael Brody, JD

Department of Homeland Security Visiting Chair and Department Chair at CIC





Dana Hall

Regional Administrator for the US Department of Health and Human Services


Tom Millar

Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Vulnerability Management at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency


Mark Montgomery 

Executive Director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission


11:00-11:15: Break


11:15-11:45: Morning Keynote


Dr. Kelly Fletcher

Performing the Duties of the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense




Harry Wingo, JD

Assistant Professor at CIC and CIO LDP Lead


11:45-12:30: Afternoon Keynote


Chris Inglis

National Cyber Director




Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis

Interim Chancellor of CIC


12:30-14:00: The Pandemic and the Information Environment (Panel)


Panel Moderator


Dr. Gwyneth Sutherlin

Assistant Professor at CIC




Amy Sitze

Senior Plans Analyst at the Joint Military Information Support Ops. Web Ops. Center


Dr. David Perlman

Data Scientist at Leviathan Security Group


Andrea Brennen

VP for Design and Visualization at In-Q-Tel



14:00: Closing Remarks