Sandia National Laboratories

Contact Information
CCD Program Manager
Han Lin
hwlin@sandia.gov
(505) 844-1441

CCD Coordinators
Cherri Porter
cporter@sandia.gov
(505) 844-2788

Tommie Kuykendall
tgkuyke@sandia.gov
(505) 284-7818

Related Links
Center for Cyber Defender Program
Livermore, California

 

CCD History

The CCD has established a very high success rate (both CA and NM) in energizing, training, and hiring information technology researchers and operational experts.  The CCD has provided Sandia with technical strength and outstanding new hires in the area of information security. Student experiences and university collaborations with the CCD have created a reputation on college campuses of Sandia as leader in cyber security. Interactions between the diverse group of students in the CCD has cultivated multiple fresh ideas on how to deal with a very complex set of problems.

Impact:

  • Supporting our cyber hiring & training needs and mission deliverables
    • Hired 36 outstanding staff members (LTD), all passionate about information assurance with a strong loyalty to Sandia and the nation
    • Interns continue to directly support technical performance and research on numerous cutting-edge cyber security projects to supplement staffing
    • Developing creative training techniques (i.e. developed a reverse engineering training environment to assess natural puzzle solving skills necessary to excel at software analysis)
  • Continue to create cyber security awareness across many Sandia programs.
  • Building stronger partnerships with universities and sponsors
    • Helped over 40 individuals to select cyber security as an educational and career path
    • Encouraged approximately 30 undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees
    • Worked with New Mexico Tech and The University of New Mexico to encourage and help them achieve NSA Center for Academic Excellence certification in information assurance
    • Provides a mechanism to develop and maintain strong relationships with many schools, including several Sandia Campus Executive schools (UIUC, UC Davis, and New Mexico Tech) as well as other key feeders (NPS, Georgia Tech, Cornell, Dartmouth, Florida State, and MIT).
    • Worked with Dr. Linda Wilbanks of DOE to help support her historically black college program
    • Opened a CCD branch at the University of New Mexico.
  • Positioning Sandia as a leader in cyber security
    • Provides a venue for showcasing Sandia’s cyber security research and facilities
    • Provides an educational/work experience that is not available in universities
    • Became the first non-government organization (Sandia) to be eligible to hire NSF Scholarship for Service students
    • Developed a series of outreach workshops to teach mid- and high-school students safe online practices

CCD Metrics

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Totals
Number of Students 13 20 17 24 34 27 27 31 217
Year-Round Students 1 4 5 7 9 7 5 3 41
Summer Students 12 15 11 14 20 19 19 24 134
Telecommuters 0 1 1 3 0 1 3 4 13
Returning Students 0 3 2 2 4 8 3 6 28
Schools Represented (unique) 8 12 9 13 11 11 13 15 33
Number of Projects 5 9 9 8 14 8 16 18 87
Hired to Sandia 1 3 3 1 2 4 6 2 22


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