Dr. Margaret Leary has more than 35 years’ experience consulting and working in the IT and Cyber fields, serving as a senior cybersecurity policy advisor to Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. region, including performing various studies on e-Authentication, identity theft, and privacy. Dr. Margaret Leary is a Co-PI for National CyberWatch Center, and serves as the Director for an NSA Center of Academic Excellence National Resource Center, where she assists educational institutions find program development and mentoring resources as they pursue their CAE-CD and CAE2Y designation.  She  serves on a variety of cybersecurity education and industry working groups and served on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), Industrial Internet Subcommittee that was tasked to provide recommendations to the President of the United States on securing the Internet of Things (IoT). She is a past recipient of the prestigious State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA).  She holds multiple industry certifications, including CISSP, CRISC, CEH, and CIPP/G.  Her research interests include cybersecurity, IoT, identity management, and privacy.

PhD Organization and Management, Capella University, 2007
MBA Technology Management, U. of Phoenix, 1999
BS Business Administration, U. of Phoenix, 1995

2018    Panelist, “Cybersecurity from an Academic Perspective,” U.S. Senate, October
2018    Co-Presenter, “Cybersecurity Workforce Development for the Nation,” 1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference at James Madison University, August
2018    Co-Presenter, “Putting Job Fairs and Internships to Work for Students,” 3CS, August
2018    Presenter, “NSA/DHS Cybersecurity Workforce Development for the Nation”, Cengage Computing Experience (CCEP 2018: VIP Event, April 
2018    Panelist, “Supplying Education and Training Pathways to Cyber Employment for Veterans – Training, Certification, and Degree Programs”, Building Cyber Security Talent into the Northern Virginia Region Conference, April
2018, Co-Presenter, “Why Cybersecurity Here and Now?” National Business Education Association (NBEA) Annual Convention, March
2017    Co-Presenter, “Community Colleges and the Exploding Cybersecurity Talent Challenge”, Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT) Annual Leadership Congress, Sept. 2017
2017    Co-Presenter, “Critical Infrastructure Security”, National Cyber Summit, June
2017    Presenter, “Losing the Privacy Wars”, National Cyberwatch Webcast, April
2016    Presenter, “Challenges to Articulation”, NICE National K-12 Conference, October
2016    Co-Presenter, “Expanding the Articulation Model”, 3CS, July
2016    Panelist, “Transfer Pathways in Cybersecurity Education: Challenging Routes, Promising Practices”, 3CS, July
2015    Panelist, “How to Attract and Retain Women in the Industry: Findings from the (ISC)² 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study”, NIST NICE Convention, November

  • Cybersecurity
  • Privacy