April 8th 2016 A retired Army general is among four people named to the board of directors of the National Cyber Intelligence Center, which will open later this year in Colorado Springs as a cybersecurity research, education and response facility for businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.
Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez was the first commander of Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir in Virginia from when it began operations in 2010 until he retired from the military in 2013. He also is chairman of the board of advisers of the Army Cyber Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the academy's cyber chair.
The facility will include a Rapid Response Center to help businesses, nonprofits and government agencies combat and recover from cyber attacks; a Cyber Institute to help business executives, public officials and bureaucrats learn more about cybersecurity, and a Cyber Research, Education and Training Center that was expanded from conducting research on cybersecurity threats to also include developing a cybersecurity workforce. Each of the three centers will have an advisory board headed by a member of the cyber intelligence center's board of directors.
Other new board members include Christian Anschutz, who heads Denver-based Western Development Group and son of Broadmoor and Gazette owner Philip Anschutz; Kyle Hybl, chief operating officer, general counsel and trustee of the El Pomar Foundation and chairman of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, and Martin Wood, vice chancellor of university advancement at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Hybl and Wood will head advisory boards for the Cyber Institute and Cyber Research, Education and Training Center, respectively.
The board already includes Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and ViaWest Inc. CEO Nancy Phillips and Erik Mitisek, who heads an entrepreneurship center at Denver University. Suthers recently was elected to replace Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as chairman of the center's board after the governor resigned from the board to avoid a conflict of interest when signing the state's appropriations legislation, which currently includes $8 million to renovate a former satellite manufacturing plant UCCS owns to become the cyber intelligence center's home.
The board plans to name seven more members to increase its size to 15 and is reviewing candidates to fill those positions, said Ed Anderson, a retired Army lieutenant general who was named last month as interim executive director of the cyber intelligence center. Board members also agreed to launch a national search for a permanent executive to head the center, who will be called CEO cyber intelligence instead of executive director. Board members want the CEO to have at least a bachelor's degree and 10 years of experience that includes launching a new operation or organization, he said. No salary has been set for the post.
The center also is getting help from an El Pomar Foundation fellow, Eric Hopfenbeck, a 2014 University of Puget Sound graduate in economics who grew up in Denver. Anderson said Hopfenbeck first task is redesigning the center's website, www.ncicenter.org, which has been taken down until the redesign is completed.