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What is it like to work at the National Security Agency (NSA)?, 12/2

Title: What is it like to work at the National Security Agency (NSA)?

When: Dec 2, 5:30pm

Details on how to attend will be posted on https://ceri.as/secsem/ 

Description: Join us for a unique opportunity to hear six professionals from NSA -- including two Purdue alumni -- who will share their careers and experiences as cybersecurity researchers and practitioners. The panelists will describe opportunities for students and graduates, and answer questions from the audience about their work and life at NSA.

[Note:  Only US citizens are able to work at the NSA.]


Eric Bryant is currently serving as a Director of Cybersecurity Operations in the NSA/CSS Cybersecurity Operations Center (NCSOC). In this capacity, he is responsible for leading a diverse team working around the clock to prevent and eradicate cybersecurity threats to the nation. He also serves as NSA’s Academic Liaison to Purdue University, where he graduated with a degree in computer science and is an alumni of CERIAS.  

Dr. Josiah Dykstra is a Technical Fellow and Senior Executive in the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center of the National Security Agency. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and previously served at NSA as a cyber operator and researcher. Dr. Dykstra is interested in cybersecurity science and how humans intersect with technology. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed research papers and one book.

Dr. Kimberly Ferguson-Walter is a Senior Research Scientist with NSA’s Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research where her research focuses on the intersection of computer security, artificial intelligence, and human behavior. She has been focused on adaptive cybersecurity at the NSA for the past ten years and is the lead for the Research Directorate’s deception for cyber-defense effort. She has a Ph.D. in computer science and is currently on joint-duty assignment to the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific to perform collaborative research and facilitate strategic alignment and technology transfers.

Natalie Janiszewski is a Higher Education Outreach Advocate with NSA's office of Academic Engagement. Natalie brings over 25 years of educational experience to her role at NSA. She is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with academic institutions to influence curriculum and encourage activities in NSA's mission-critical areas: science, technology. engineering, math, intelligence analysis, language and cybersecurity. Natalie taught classes in a graduate program for educational technology. Her passion lies in designing environments that facilitate durable, actionable learning for students.  

Joel Klasa graduated from Purdue in May 2020 with a degree in computer science and participated in the NSA co-op program throughout his time at Purdue. Upon graduation, he was hired into a development program at the agency and has a current focus of machine learning and artificial intelligence in cybersecurity.

Dr. Celeste Lyn Paul is a senior researcher and technical leader at the National Security Agency. Her work has focused on a broad range of topics including emerging technologies, human factors in security, and more recently, securing cyberspace in outer space.

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