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Casey O'Brien
Casey O'Brien
Director/Principal Investigator
National CyberWatch Center


Casey W. O'Brien is Director and Principal Investigator of the National CyberWatch Center, a National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity education consortium headquartered at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD. The National CyberWatch Center is a collaboration of 100+ colleges and universities in 31 states, as well as government and industry partners, whose mission is to lead collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

Casey’s major teaching and research interests include: cyber exercise design and delivery, scalable and cost-effective information assurance laboratories, and agile and accelerated information security curriculum development and credentialing. Casey also teaches internationally and is a frequent invited speaker at various conferences.

Casey has coordinated the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) since 2005 and is a co-founder of the National Cyber League (NCL), a first-of-its-kind ongoing educational experiment in learning and gaming, where the students (AKA players) are co-creators and collaborators in engaging, entertaining, measurable, and scalable methods of learning to enlist a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Casey earned a B.A. in Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in Existential/Phenomenological Psychology from Duquesne University and holds various industry-recognized certifications.

Speaking Schedule
Thursday, September 19, 10:50-11:45pm - The Role of NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers in National Cybersecurity Education Efforts
Thursday, September 19, 1:00-2:00pm - Community College Cybersecurity Curriculum: Standardization, Innovation, Articulation (panel)































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