Jay Holcomb

Jay Holcomb recently joined the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection & Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (OC&C), Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection and Awareness (CICPA) department.
Prior to joining CICPA, Mr. Holcomb was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University, iCollege, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance department. Professor Holcomb’s subject area at the iCollege was Cybersecurity. He was the course lead for Cybersecurity for Information Leaders (SEC), a course designed to provide DoD and federal agency senior leadership the technical knowledge necessary to lead cyber efforts within their respective departments. Professor Holcomb authored and ensured currency of course content, conducted labs, and lectured students. Additionally, Professor Holcomb lectured and led the cyber labs in the: Terror and Crime in Cyberspace (TCC), Global Enterprise Networking and Telecommunications (GEN), Managing Security of Control Systems (SCS), Net-Enabled Operations and Organizations (NEO), and Infrastructure and Information Operations (IIO) courses. He created and led student “end of course” cyber challenges allowing senior leaders to participate in “capture the flag” cyber challenges. Professor Holcomb also co-led the 2010 iCollege Cyber Challenge II, a cyber exercise that included participants from the DoD, intelligence community, federal contractors, and the United States Military and Naval academies. Mr. Holcomb was a sought-after guest lecturer and he frequently provided his perspective on cybersecurity at conferences, both nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining NDU, Mr. Holcomb worked as a cyber/information assurance contractor with numerous federal and defense agencies. He has a wide breadth of experience in the cybersecurity field, to include intrusion detection technologies, network vulnerability testing and analysis, application security testing and analysis, full-system security development life-cycle processes (SDLC), Certification and Accreditation (C&A) processes, Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning and testing, security auditing and reporting, and government cyber security policies and directives.
Mr. Holcomb received his M.B.A. (with an Information Systems concentration) from San Jose State University, CA, and a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. He maintains the following security certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Snort Certified Professional (SnortCP), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC).

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