Your organization is powered by data every day. You depend on data to run critical systems, manage business operations, serve customers, acquire new ones, protect assets, and much more. And that data is continuously at risk—targeted by criminals, hackers, spies, and competitors alike.
You can’t simply depend on a few sharp technologists or a single department to protect your data and systems. You can’t just buy the latest technology and think you’re covered. The risk is too huge. The stakes are too high.
Because data undergirds every part of your organization and your operating ecosystem, effective cybersecurity must be the responsibility of every leader, every manager, and every employee.
KnowCyber’s learning programs give people across your organization the know-how to become its greatest cybersecurity resource.
- Our SmartCyber Leadership programs equip business and technical leaders to address the full range of your organization’s cyber risk. Courses are presented by our expert instructors in open-enrollment courses or on site at your location.
- Our security awareness modules provide engaging content delivered on demand to the devices learners want to use, from the pocket to the desktop.
As cyber threats are constantly evolving, our programs keep you at the forefront. Continually updated content reflects the latest developments and best practices. Our thought leaders provide expert perspective on cybersecurity developments as they happen.
Our programs are designed for people with varying roles and responsibilities within your organization. We can customize any program to address the special concerns and challenges of your audience. organization, or industry.
All KnowCyber programs are designed to deliver results, through well-defined learning objectives, ample context, compelling narrative, and meaningful interactivity. Our methods appeal to people’s natural preference for practical, hands-on learning experiences: learning by doing.
Our Leadership Team
Nick directs KnowCyber operations and heads the company’s strategic initiatives. He brings to KnowCyber proven success in building and growing learning and development companies through both organic initiatives and M&A activities. Nick is the former president of PetroSkills, president/CEO of Learning Tree International, president of Global Learning Systems, and president of ESI International. He is highly experienced in applying advanced learning and development technology and techniques, with a history of success in driving new product innovation and development.
Frank J. Cilluffo
Frank keeps KnowCyber in-the-know. Frank is a frequent expert witness, commentator, and author on cybersecurity and national security matters. He is routinely called upon to advise senior officials in industry and at the federal, state, and local government levels, as well as U.S. allies. An associate vice president of The George Washington University, he serves as director of the university’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Previously he served as special assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism for President George W. Bush. Prior to his White House appointment, he spent eight years in senior policy positions for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Joan leads initiatives to shape and build KnowCyber’s offerings and brand. She has held marketing leadership roles with various professional development organizations and programs, including those of ESI International and The George Washington University School of Business, IPS Learning and the Stanford School of Engineering, the U.S. Strategic Leadership Center, and Meridian International Center. As a communications professional, Joan has frequently contributed to learning product design, development, and delivery as well as marketing.
Bill brings a strong track record in both leading executive and professional development initiatives and creating strategic partner ecosystems and other innovative growth strategies. He created and launched the executive education subsidiary of Meridian International Center, a recognized leader in global leadership development. He also led sales, marketing, and strategic alliances for consulting and training firms ESI International and IPS Learning, including the launch of an executive development program created and delivered in partnership with the Stanford University School of Engineering.
Our Founding Partners
J. Richard Knop, Chairman
Rick brings to this role deep knowledge of the cybersecurity industry and its leading participants, with extensive professional and personal relationships throughout government, industry, and academia. A prominent investment banker and private equity fund manager, Rick co-founded FedCap Partners and the Windsor Group and headed BB&T Capital Markets. He chairs the board of directors of the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and is a member of the board of trustees of The George Washington University and board of advisors of the GW Law School.
Leslee contributes broad and deep knowledge and experience in cybersecurity solutions and technology, plus strong relationships with industry and government cybersecurity leaders. She has extensive leadership experience in developing, deploying, and supporting systems for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies. Leslee is the former cofounder of FedCap Partners; CEO, National Security Partners; Executive VP, SI International; Partner, IBM; CEO, NCR Teradata Government Division; and VP, Computer Sciences Corporation.
Campbell B. Lanier III
Cam is chairman and CEO of ITC Holding Company, LLC. His focus over
the past 30+ years has been on early stage investments in communications, technology, financial services, restaurant management solutions, on-line training services, and canine detection services. He is currently director or chairman of numerous portfolio companies, including Kinetic Ventures, a leading venture capital firm. He was co-founder of Interstate
Communications (Telecom*USA), acquired by MCI for $1.2 billion in 1990; founding investor and chairman of Powertel (now T-Mobile), acquired by Deutsche Telecom for $4.2 billion in 2000; and founding investor for Mindspring, valued at $1 billion at its merger with Earthlink.
Edwin L. Phelps
Ed is an entrepreneur, business owner, and expert in training and development. He has extensive experience in building and running learning and development companies and their university partnerships, with a keen sense for market opportunities. Ed was founder, CEO, and president of ESI International; owner, IPS Associates (now IPS Learning); co-owner, Paradigm Learning; and vice president, Sterling Institute. Currently he is a member of the board of advisors of The George Washington University Law School and of the board of trustees of The GW Medical Faculty Associates.
Our Advisory Board
Individually and collectively, our advisory board members offer up-to-the-minute insights on the implications of cybersecurity developments. They help shape our programs and enable us to provide authoritative guidance on how organizations and employees can best meet cyber threats as they emerge.
- Well-recognized thought leaders and high-level decision-makers. Known for their forward thinking and demonstrated strategic leadership in cybersecurity, they help us frame timely, holistic approaches to cybersecurity learning and development.
- Experienced in-house leaders of robust cybersecurity training and development operations. They provide current, real-world perspective on what has (and hasn’t) worked and what is needed in cybersecurity learning and development.
- Experienced cybersecurity practitioners. Responsible for cybersecurity effectiveness in their organizations, they provide valuable insight into training needs and offer deep experience and knowledge in core and emerging cybersecurity subject-matter domains.
Ronald chairs the KnowCyber™ Advisory Board. General Burgess is currently Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs at Auburn University. During a distinguished 38-year career in the U.S. Army, he held a variety of key staff and command positions, including Director of Intelligence, J2, U.S. Southern Command; Director of Intelligence, J2, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Customer Outcomes transitioning to Director of the Intelligence Staff in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He was dual-hatted twice as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. His final military assignment was as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Frank J. Cilluffo
Frank is KnowCyber’s chief strategy officer. He is an associate vice president of The George Washington University and serves as director of the university’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Previously he served as special assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism for President George W. Bush. Prior to his White House appointment, he spent eight years in senior policy positions for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Frank is a frequent expert witness, commentator, and author on cybersecurity and national security matters. He is routinely called upon to advise senior officials in industry and at the federal, state, and local government levels, as well as U.S. allies.
Rob is an independent consultant on geopolitical and security risk. From 2009–14 Rob was a managing director and head of the Office of Global Security for Goldman Sachs. Previously, he worked at BP plc, where he was director of International Security Affairs. Before that, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years, serving in senior leadership positions including chief of operations for the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and chief of its Information Operations Center (Cyber). Rob is a member of the board of advisors to the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and is a senior fellow at The George Washington University‘s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
Brian is a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he co-chairs the Global Security and Cybersecurity practices. Previously he was a partner with Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where he chaired the Homeland Security practice. Brian serves as a senior fellow at The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, as a senior advisor at the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, and on the advisory board for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School.
Juan is a senior national security analyst for CBS News, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), senior fellow to the West Point Counterterrorism Center, senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. As Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, he was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies on transnational security threats. His articles on security-related matters have been published in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, and other publications.