Dr. McDuffie is a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is a thought leader in the area of Cybersecurity awareness, education, training and workforce development. His current role as founder and CEO of The Global McDuffie Group (TGMG) a LLC formed in Virginia in November of 2014, is the culmination of 44 years of learning, experiences, leadership and service. TGMG is focused on the assessment and evaluation of cybersecurity, awareness, education, training, and workforce development environments. The highlight of his professional career to date is the five years spent as the Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, (NICE). As a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) he was selected to lead this all-of-government national campaign designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace. During his tenure NICE grew from a little known Federal government-focused component of a larger, mostly classified program established under the Bush 43 administration called the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), into a nationally recognized initiative whose National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) has for the first time provider the nation with a comprehensive, current, and living decomposition of the complexities of today’s cybersecurity workforce. Under his leadership many productive public-private-partnerships were enabled with the importance of academia, industry, and government working together at the center of these efforts. Prior to this he held a number of positions such as: the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD); the Deputy Director for the Office of Naval Research (ONR)’s – Science and Technology for America’s Readiness (N-STAR) Initiative; and the Lead Program Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Immediately after receiving his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida in 1995, he spent seven years as an assistant professor of computer science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Florida State University (FSU).


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Ernest L. McDuffie

Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence

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