Cybersecurity Summer 2021 Capstone Project Showcase

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm PDT

Capstone projects are the culmination of the MICS students’ work in the School of Information’s Master of Information and Cybersecurity program.

Over the course of their final semester, teams of students propose and select project ideas, conduct and communicate their work, receive and provide feedback, and deliver compelling presentations along with a web-based final deliverable. A panel of judges will select an outstanding project for the Lily L. Chang MICS Capstone Award.

Join us for an online presentation of these capstone projects. Each team will present for twenty minutes, including Q&A.

Join the online showcase

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Kurt John 

As chief cybersecurity officer, Kurt John is responsible for overseeing strategy and operations in the enterprise’s largest market globally, consisting of over $23B in revenue. Specifically, in this role he oversees the coordination of cybersecurity for Siemens’ products, solutions, services, and infrastructure utilized to deliver value to Siemens USA’s customers.

Beyond the parameters of his US role within Siemens, Kurt also serves as a member of the Siemens Cybersecurity Board (CSB), where he works alongside international colleagues to set strategy, address global challenges and evaluate actions focusing on securing new opportunities in areas pertaining to cybersecurity. 

Kurt has also recently been appointed to Governor Northam’s Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority as a member of the Board of Directors where he contributes to the continued economic and technological development of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Innovation & Technology executive committee.

William Cooper

William Cooper graduated Berkeley Law in 2011. He was an editor on the Berkeley Journal of Law and Technology.

He then practiced litigation at two international law firms. His clients included Fortinet, Google, Samsung, and Panasonic, among others. His practice focused on intellectual property and antitrust disputes.

In 2017 he joined Fortinet, a global S&P 500 cybersecurity company. He is currently the Vice President of Litigation and Compliance at Fortinet, where his responsibilities include cybersecurity and data privacy.

Nicole Monteforte

Nicole Monteforte, vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, is an executive in the firm’s commercial account where she is lead for Cyber Strategic Consulting Services working with clients in the financial services, energy, high-tech, and health sectors.  In this role, Nicole leads client engagements focused on strategic simulations, cyber risk management, cyber program assessments, and cyber strategy and program transformation, serving as a trusted advisor for C-Suite leaders as they build their cyber strategy and respond and recover from cyber incidents.  

Nicole also leads the firm’s global wargame and exercise capability which includes a diverse, dynamic portfolio of several dozen engagements for key national and homeland security, Federal government, commercial, and international clients; those engagements range from highly classified exercises for our intelligence agencies, to business strategy and cybersecurity simulations for Fortune 100 companies.

Nicole is seasoned public speaker presenting on such topics as resiliency, preparedness, and crisis management.  Nicole earned a BA in international studies and an MA in international affairs from the American University.

Last updated:

August 3, 2021