KnowCyber™ improves the cybersecurity of organizations of all types through learning.

KnowCyber™ improves the cybersecurity of organizations of all types through learning.

Your organization and its operating ecosystem are powered by data every day. And that data is continuously at risk—targeted by criminals, hackers, spies, competitors—and maybe even insiders.

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.

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 security awareness modules provide concise, engaging content delivered on demand to the devices learners want to use, from the pocket to the desktop.
  • Our SmartCyber Leadership programs equip business and technical leaders to address the full range of your organization’s cyber risk. Courses are presented by expert instructors on site at your location.
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Timely

Our programs keep you at the forefront, reflecting the latest developments and best practices. Our thought leaders provide expert perspective on cybersecurity developments as they happen.

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Targeted

We can customize any program to address the special concerns and challenges of your audience, organization, or industry. Our programs are designed for people with various roles and responsibilities within your organization.

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Effective

KnowCyber’s programs are designed to deliver results, through well-defined learning objectives, clear examples, compelling narrative, practical instructions, and meaningful interactivity.

Our Leadership Team

Frank J. Cilluffo

Frank J. Cilluffo

Chief Strategy Officer

Frank keeps KnowCyber in-the-know. He is a frequent expert witness, commentator, and author on cybersecurity and national security, and is routinely called upon to advise senior officials in industry and government. Currently, he is director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. Previously, at The George Washington University, he established and directed the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (now part of the McCrary Institute) and launched, with the School of Business, GWU’s World Executive MBA in Cybersecurity program. Frank served as special assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism for President George W. Bush. Prior to that appointment, he held senior policy positions for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Joan Phillips

Joan Phillips

VP, Program Development & Marketing

Joan leads initiatives to shape and build KnowCyber’s offerings and brand. She has held program management and marketing leadership roles with various professional and executive 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 an instructional development and communications professional, Joan oversees KnowCyber learning product design, development, delivery, and marketing.

Our Founding Partners

J. Richard Knop, Chairman

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 Belluchie

Leslee Belluchie

Leslee contributes broad and deep knowledge and experience in cybersecurity solutions and technology, plus strong relationships with industry and government cybersecurity leaders. She is a managing member of FedCap Partners, LLC, a private equity fund she cofounded in 2010, which invests primarily in companies focused on the U.S. intelligence community, cybersecurity, and energy. Previously, she held operational and business development leadership positions including CEO, National Security Partners; Executive VP, SI International; Partner, IBM; CEO, NCR Teradata Government Division; and VP, Computer Sciences Corporation. She currently is a member of the Auburn University Research Advisory Board and the advisory board of the university’s McCrary Institute.

Campbell B. Lanier III

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

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. He has served on the board of advisors of The George Washington University Law School and 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.

They are:

  • 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.

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Ronald Burgess

Ronald Burgess

Ronald chairs the KnowCyber™ Advisory Board. Lt. Gen. Burgess is currently Chief Operating Officer of Auburn University and a member of the advisory board of Auburn’s McCrary Institute for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2012 as the 17th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, having previously served as acting principal deputy director of national intelligence. 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.

Frank J. Cilluffo

Frank J. Cilluffo

Frank keeps KnowCyber in-the-know. He is a frequent expert witness, commentator, and author on cybersecurity and national security, and is routinely called upon to advise senior officials in industry and government. Currently, he is director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. Previously, at The George Washington University, he established and directed the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (now part of the McCrary Institute) and launched, with the School of Business, GWU’s World Executive MBA in Cybersecurity program. Frank served as special assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism for President George W. Bush. Prior to that appointment, he held senior policy positions for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Robert Dannenberg

Robert Dannenberg

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 Finch

Brian Finch

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 Zarate

Juan Zarate

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.