SEI Executive Director Terry Roberts To Speak on AFCEA West Panel

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January 22, 2010—Terry Roberts, executive director of the Acquisition Support Program/Interagency and Cyber at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), will serve as a panelist at the AFCEA West 2010 conference in San Diego to discuss Cyber Issues: What Should Be the Priorities? The panel discussion will take place Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Roberts will focus on how the United States has played a primarily reactive, tactical game when dealing with cyber security and cyber intelligence issues. She’ll highlight how the United States needs to define both the current and future cyber threat level in unclassified and understandable terms that demonstrate the impact cyber-security issues have on everyday life, the importance of building upon the U.S. Department of Defense Defense Industrial Base (DIB)  initiative through effective public and private partnerships, and work to codify the extensive technical body of knowledge by creating standards in code development, architecture design, and operational best practices. 

“The SEI through its CERT Program has led the way since 1988 in creating, evolving and defining research best practices, tools and techniques to combat cyber and network survivability challenges,” said Roberts. 

Roberts has an extensive background in the intelligence arena. Currently, she leads the SEI customer support for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. intelligence community, and the federal government, with a special focus on cyber assurance and acquisition excellence for software reliant systems. Before coming to the SEI, Roberts was the deputy director of Naval Intelligence, where she led more than 20,000 intelligence and information-warfare military and civilian professionals and managed more than a $5 billion budget in resources, technologies, and programs. Prior to the Navy, Roberts served as director of requirements and resources for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Roberts has held many other senior intelligence positions throughout her 31-year career. 

Roberts will also be available to speak to attendees at the SEI’s AFCEA West 2010 booth (# 1917). AFCEA West is scheduled for Feb. 1 to 4.

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