Cyber Beacon 2021
The Impacts of a Global Pandemic


On behalf of Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis, Interim Chancellor of the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC), you are cordially invited to attend the 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 is "The Impacts of a Global Pandemic".

CB 2021 will be 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 will be held online. Attendance is limited to a maximum number of personnel with preference given to members of the national security and academic communities. Selected attendees will be notified via email with access instructions.

The R.S.V.P. form for this event will be shared amongst the CIC community of interest, and then with the public. If interested in attending this virtual event, please R.S.V.P. no later than (NLT) Tuesday the 7th of December 2021.

Please note, this is a US government educational event and not a business development event. There is no cost to attend. Comments are those of the respective speaker and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the US government or any other entity.

We look forward to your attendance on December 9th!



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


Robert Silvers

DHS Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans


Mark Montgomery 

Executive Director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission



11:00-11:45: Morning Keynote


Dr. Kelly Fletcher

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


Fire Side Chat Moderator:


Harry Wingo, JD

Assistant Professor at CIC and CIO LDP Lead


11:45-12:30: Afternoon Keynote


Chris Inglis

National Cyber Director


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