By approaching cyber efforts holistically, we provide counsel to leadership and capacity to industry partners to achieve strategic goals.

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The Cyber Leadership Alliance is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization that brings together experts from government, military, academia and business to:

  • Synchronize efforts
  • Solve complex problems
  • Facilitate efficiency and effectiveness
  • Foster innovation
  • Promote economic and workforce development

Our Mission

The Cyber Leadership Alliance's mission is to synchronize and promote collaboration and innovation within the cyber community by convening leadership from governmental, military, academic and commercial enterprises.

The Cyber Leadership Alliance serves to connect experts across each of the disciplines below to encourage collaboration and a shared purpose.

  • 1

    Governance

    • Counsel to leadership
    • Legislation
    • Structure
    • Policy
  • 2

    Education

    • Higher education
    • Educating the Judiciary
    • Standards in education
    • Technology transfer
    • Publications to the trade
    • Protecting intellectual property
  • 3

    Cybersecurity

    • Protecting government
    • Standards in services
    • Information/Data sharing
    • Whole of government integration
  • 4

    Public Safety

    • Risk mitigation
    • Contingency planning
    • Awareness/information
    • Leveraging federal resources
  • 5

    Workforce Development

    • Matching Indiana talent to Indiana jobs
    • STEM training to displaced workers
    • Cyber workforce projections and analysis
    • Generating streamlined processes
  • 6

    Economic Development

    • Leveraging existing assets
    • Promoting Indiana companies
    • Providing agility to government
    • Building cyber infrastructure

Leadership

Staff

  • Douglas C. Rapp

    CEO/Founder

    Douglas C. Rapp

    Douglas C. Rapp is the founder and CEO of the Cyber Leadership Alliance (CLA). Prior to founding the CLA, he served as a strategic operations and planning specialist for the Military Department of Indiana, where he oversaw the development of the Strategic Cyber Enterprise Plan and cyber emergency response plans for the State of Indiana. Rapp also developed force structure for the Cyber Protection Team and served as a military liaison to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

    Rapp is a decorated combat veteran and retired Army officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne and a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Rapp currently resides in Zionsville, Indiana where he serves as a board member for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Eugene

    Chief Technical Advisor

    Eugene "Spaff" Spafford

    Dr. Eugene Spafford is a professor with an appointment in Computer Science at Purdue University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He is the Executive Director of the Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). In 2012 he was named as one of Purdue’s inaugural Morrill Professors — the university’s highest award for the combination of scholarship, teaching, and service.

    Dr. Spafford is among the foremost leaders in the field of computing. He has been honored with nearly every possible award in cyber security, including induction into the Cyber Security Hall of Fame. He has established an on-going record of accomplishment as a senior advisor and consultant on issues of security and intelligence, education, cybercrime and computing policy to a number of major companies, law enforcement organizations, academic institutions and government agencies, including Microsoft, Intel, Tripwire, SignaCert, Unisys, the US Air Force, the National Security Agency, the GAO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Justice, the Department of Energy, and the staff of two Presidents of the United States.

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  • Roger Plaster

    Director of Operations

    Roger Plaster

    Roger Plaster has led technology projects for both Fortune 500 Companies and Department of Defense entities. His professional background includes work in business requirement analysis, biometrics, continuous improvement and software launches. He holds a MBA and a MSPM from George Washington University as well as a BSME from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is an Officer in the Indiana Army National Guard and a decorated combat veteran.

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Projects

  • Defense Cyber Summit

    The Defense Cyber Summit explores partnership opportunities between higher education and military cyber forces. This workshop focuses on subjects such as intra-industry efficiency, techniques and procedures in order to field the latest innovation and technology and render a tactical advantage.

  • Crit-Ex 2016 – Critical Infrastructure Cyber Incident Exercise

    The Indiana National Guard in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Office of Technology, and other stakeholders, is conducting a set of exercises which simulate a cyber attack on elements of the State’s critical infrastructure that would result in a prolonged outage of services. The Crit-Ex tabletop and cyber event exercises will help the State of Indiana prepare for a significant cyber event by identifying the cascading effects of an attack on critical infrastructure, validating the readiness and resiliency of affected organizations and coordinating cross-sector communication and roles. These exercises will enhance cooperation between the State of Indiana and the industries that manage and support critical infrastructure.

  • Cyber Emergency Management Workshops

    These workshops assist emergency managers at all levels to plan and train for major cyber incidents that affect critical infrastructure. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will host one workshop in each of its districts. The workshops will cover basic knowledge of how the internet drives our critical infrastructure and how to plan for the effects of a major cyber incident. This program lays the foundation for further work in establishing local cyber incident management annexes and plans.

  • Citizens Cyber Incident Reporting Portal

    Attacks on both business and personal cyber networks are serious economic and security threats to our state. Citizens and businesses need ways to protect themselves from cyber security incidents. An accessible process is also needed by which citizens and businesses can report these incidents when they do happen. The State of Indiana is likewise in need of a program to collect and report on cyber incidents, phishing, malware and other vulnerabilities.

Members, Clients & Initiative Partners

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The Cyber Leadership Alliance is proud to be one of only twenty companies who are industry partners with the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. CERIAS is currently viewed as one of the world’s leading centers for research and education in areas of information security and is unique among such national centers in its multidisciplinary approach to problems.