Cybersecurity Summer 2023 Capstone Project Showcase

2023-08-09T16:00:00 - 2023-08-09T18:30:00
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:30 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.

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Andrew Bjerken

Dr. Andrew “Drew” Bjerken has 18+ years of cyber, intelligence, and privacy experience, he currently he serves as the global chief privacy officer (CPO) for Marriott Vacations Worldwide. In this capacity he is responsible for all aspects of privacy across Marriott Vacations Resorts, Marriott Residence Club, Ritz Carlton Residence Club, Aqua Aston Hospitality, and several other brands spanning 90+ countries. Previous to that Drew served as the chief information security & privacy officer at Catalina Marketing. There he was responsible for all aspects of information security, cyber security, and privacy across 13 different countries. Prior to Catalina he served as the CISO/CPO for Northern Illinois University where he was responsible for all aspects of information security covering multiple control requirements ranging from HIPAA, PCI, CJIS, and FERPA to incident response, vendor management, and the overall information security risk management strategy. Drew’s background includes serving as Director at ADP a Fortune 200 company; one of the largest providers of business outsourcing solutions processing over $1.3T in transactions where he was responsible for directing cyber threat management, intelligence, & fraud monitoring/response. Drew oversaw 3 incident response centers located worldwide. Drew began his career as an officer with the U.S. Air Force where he flew for the first part of his service executing information warfare operational missions and the second half of his service having him plan/execute large-scale information warfare operations to include commanding USAF red team vulnerability assessments against DoD facilities & networks where he replicated advanced persistent threats (APTs), insider threats, social engineering, and physical penetration test. Most notably he commanded the red team for the 1st Cyber Flag involving red teams from the NSA, DOJ, DHS, academia, & all services. Drew chaired the Air Reserve Component Cyber WEPTAC, has spoken as a cybersecurity and threat SME at numerous venues to include, RSA, BlackHat, and the U.S. Congress. He has a BA in criminal justice, master’s in forensic science, & his doctorate in business administration with a specialty in computer and information security.

Shawn M Bowen

Shawn M Bowen is the senior vice president, information security (CISO) for World Kinect Corporation; a Fortune 100 global energy management company. He has 11010 years of experience in information technology, primarily in cybersecurity. Shawn is regarded as a highly passionate, transformative, thought thinker in the cybersecurity field; with a record of leading successful business and mission first strategies in various environments. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and approach to digital empathy-based and risk balanced cybersecurity with all levels of users.

Prior to World Kinect, Shawn laid the groundwork for the successful security program as the first CISO at Restaurant Brands International (parent company of Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons). He also served as special advisor for cybersecurity integration at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and was the first CISO for the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. Shawn also retired after 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with his final assignment as the senior enlisted reservist at Air Forces Cyber and Information Warfare command.

Shawn (for some reason) still pays the fees to keep his CISSP, C|CISO, and C|CISO instructor certifications current, and obtained several other industry related certifications that have either expired or don’t expire. He is a alumnus of Community College of the Air Force because he showed up to work for enough years; and proud alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford executive cybersecurity courses. Shawn is also a graduate of the esteemed FBI CISO Academy.

Outside of work Shawn enjoys partnering with his wife to defend against their two tiny threat actors and practicing risk management via high altitude plane departures.

Jane Harper

Jane Harper is a security and risk executive leader at Eli Lilly and Company. She leads a complex and sophisticated organization with a large scope that includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, third party risk, data protection and controls, higher risk geographies, supply chain risk, red teaming, security education, governance risk and compliance. She has more than 18 years of experience in risk, tech and security in highly regulated industries such as insurance, healthcare and financial services internationally and domestically. Prior to innovating with Lilly, she was accountable for the delivery and leadership of technical and administrative security, risk and compliance programs for other fortune 200 companies in financial and insurance services.

Industry recognitions and awards, including Crain’s Detroit’s 40 under 40, Crain’s Detroit Notable, Woman in Tech, Oakland County, Elite 40 Under 40, and Michigan, Chronicle’s Woman of Excellence. Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oakland University and Walsh College respectively and leadership certifications from Harvard and the University of Southern Florida and Carnegie Mellon. proudly serves on the board the boards of Easterseals Crossroads and supports the strategy subcommittee, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Executive Women's Forum. Published author of multiple books and most recently Risk Management 101. Jane also enjoys choreographed dance, golf, and kickboxing. She also enjoys mentoring, and spending time with loved ones.

Last updated: August 10, 2023