Cyber Talk with George Mason University, IF Inc.

GMU Presentation

Academia Takes on the Challenges for DoD Cyber Protection Teams (CPT) & Their Platforms Through Integration of Fundamental and Applied Research

20 April 2023 – 1300-1500 hours ET
All 2023 Cyber Talks will start promptly at 1300!

Moderator Lead Panel Discussion:
Moderator – Julia Morelli, Director/President – GMUIF
Co-Moderator – Sherry Crissman, Mason RPRC

Paulo Costa – Director, C4I&C Center / Departmental Chair, Cyber Security Engineering Undergraduate Education
Sherry Crissman – Associate Director, Research Integration, RPRC
Joe King – Test and Evaluation Coordinator, RPRC
Nick Pseftis – Special Projects Lead, Cyber Engineering Research Programs, RPRC
Ali Raz – Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department, C4I&C Center

Event Description
Advancing Cyber Security Readiness to protect our nation’s critical infrastructures requires an integrated research and development approach that leverages both fundamental and applied research efforts in Systems Engineering (SE) and data-enabled modeling and simulation. Additionally, there is an ongoing need to produce a technically-skilled “clearance-ready” workforce with these capabilities to longitudinally support our nation’s defense industry. Integrating fundamental and applied research, with an early focus on cyber resilience, broadens the aperture for capturing innovation, can accelerate the operational evaluation, accreditation, and readiness of leading-edge technologies for military use cases, and facilitates the increasing use of data-enabled AI/ML to advance mission engineering and decision guidance systems. Of specific interest to DoD and defense industry partners are advancements in more deployable, low SWaP systems “at the edge” as well as increasingly ground/mobile systems that can push usable data to support decision guidance systems for operational commanders. Key leaders at George Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing’s (CEC) Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC) and the C4I & Cyber Center will address multiple topics that highlight the school’s ongoing cross-center collaboration.

Who Should Attend?
This event is open to the public for those who are eager to enhance the effectiveness of the Department of the Army Defense Cyber Operations (DCO) cyberspace and cybersecurity infrastructure through critical research, experiments, development, testing, and the development of innovative technologies. US Government (military and civilian), contractors, SOSSEC members and non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend to learn more about successful technology collaboration from these Cyber Talk briefings. The recommended audience is: program managers, development teams; engineers, architects; security managers; security specialists; system administrators; and analysts who work in DoD cyberspace.

About The Consortium
The purpose of the Army’s Cyber Operations Broad Responsive Agreement (COBRA) is to spur innovative development, demonstration, and expedited delivery of prototypes for Warfighter readiness. When awarded an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) there is a requirement to join the System of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC), the consortium manager for Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). For more information on joining the consortium, please go to

COVID-19 Restrictions
Due to the restrictions on group gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 conditions, this Cyber Talk will be executed virtually. To participate, please use the Zoom for Government link listed above or follow this link:

Any questions about the event or joining the consortium can be directed to Ed Aguirre of SOSSEC, Inc. at


Apr 20 2023


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Cyber Talk