Mr. Meyer invited a guest speaker visit his Cybersecurity Engineering class on November 21st to discuss her professional experiences with the U.S. Navy Cybersecurity division. Cara Mazzarini, CVHS Class of 2008, shared her educational path to a job with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
Ms. Mazzarini described the responsibilities of her position as dealing with all attacks on computer and network equipment (mechanical, electrical and navigation) critical to day-to-day operations of the Navy. As a Program Manager of carrier cybersecurity, she manages multiple projects and determines the tasks of some 20-25 engineers and computer scientists in her group to ensure that currents tasks are accomplished while monitoring the funding of each project and constructing maintenance/operations budgets.
She said the greatest difficulty facing NAVSEA was and is to retrofit older systems with the security protocols that are able to defend against cyber attacks. "When a lot of these systems were designed there wasn't a whole lot of thought about cybersecurity, people hacking and using the technology against us," she said. "Two years ago a task force was organize to asses vulnerabilities. We realized we weren't in good shape and that we had to do something about eliminating those vulnerabilities."
Students had an opportunity to ask Ms. Mazzarini questions during a Q & A session following the presentation.