DATE AND LOCATION OF EVENT
Date: November 8, 2017
Location: Atlantic Beach Resort, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842
COST OF EVENT
NCMA Members: No Charge (Register via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Valid member number required)
Government: $15.00 (Pay online – Valid .mil e-mail required (no email@example.com for example)
Non-Memebrs: $35.00 (Pay online)
SCHEDULE OF EVENT
- 1100-1130: Check- In
- 1130-1200: Lunch Served
- 1200-1330: Speaker Presentation
- 1330-1400: Networking
GUEST SPEAKER REBECCA CHHIM
Activity Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Division and Deputy Department for Cybersecurity Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport
Ms. Rebecca Chhim is responsible for implementing processes that support Navy enterprise portfolio management; cybersecurity goals, priorities and policies; Division Newport Information Technology (IT) strategic planning, budgeting, and the IT acquisition process; management and oversight of classified and unclassified networks; and providing access to computing resources in support of the Division Newport RDT&E mission.
Ms. Chhim has achieved recognition throughout the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport and at multiple Naval Sea Systems Command program offices for her expertise in information assurance, her analytical and research skills, her ability to problem solve, and her ability to obtain real results and cost savings. In fact, Ms. Chhim’s efforts to streamline important processes have resulted in not just a more efficient, more accurate work environment but in significant cost savings to the Navy. Ms. Chhim had led a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and technicians throughout the Systems Engineering Lifecycle to ensure that Cyber Security concerns are addressed early, efficiently, and effectively.
Ms. Chhim’s accomplishments in FY16 demonstrated continued excellence and added to her already impressive resume and legacy as a Navy leader in the area cybersecurity. Since FY15, Ms. Chhim has led Division Newport’s Cybersecurity Team as the Technical Project Manager. In FY16, she oversaw a second straight year of a team nearly doubling in size due to a steady stream of high priority cybersecurity tasking, hastened by the declaration of cybersecurity as a mission priority by the Navy, NAVSEA, and Division Newport. Under her leadership, the team integrated and trained more than 10 new employees and contractors hired to take on a $2.4 million increase in tasking. Under Ms. Chhim’s leadership, Division Newport established the first-of-its-kind Service Cost Center for providing cost upfront cybersecurity system accreditation and maintenance services. The construct has helped every department at Division Newport as well as other NAVSEA Warfare Centers procure much-needed cybersecurity services at stable and reliable costs; the ability to execute such a construct is a testament to Ms. Chhim’s inherent management-level understanding of an otherwise non-intuitive task area.
As a performer on several NAVSEA 05 Common Platform Ship Design (CPSD) teams in FY15, Ms. Chhim was given a leadership role in FY16 where her cross-warfare center team delivered a common Cybersecurity Functional Requirements Document. When requested to assist the Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Information Systems Security Manager with implementing Risk Management Framework (RMF) across the SSP enterprise, Ms. Chhim led an effort that resulted in an RMF Tailoring Tool, which will ensure rigor in RMF application across SSP while reducing program cybersecurity implementation time down to a fraction of previous estimates. Feedback from SSP has been tremendous and NAVSEA is exploring the Tool as a basis for a NAVSEA implementation.
Despite her increasing workload, Ms. Chhim continued her dutiful work as an Information Systems Security Officer, overseeing preparations leading up to a successful FY16 Inspector General Audit where it was noted that Division Newport “set the standard” for laboratory and information technology compliance. Perhaps most importantly, Ms. Chhim never let a large workload affect her ability to mentor young engineers, scientists, and technicians on the team; she always takes time to share her accumulated knowledge – often while performing tasking alongside the team in the laboratory.
Most recently, Ms. Chhim was selected as the Deputy Department Head for Cybersecurity, Corporate Operations and the NUWC Newport Chief Information Officer. In her new role, Ms. Chhim is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of Division Newport’s Cyber Security programs for core networks, NMCI, and non-Program of Record RDT&E equipment. Ms. Chhim supports the Division in the development of long and short-range plans to provide an agile research and development computing environment that aligns with Navy Rapid Prototyping, Experimentation and Demonstration (RPED) and Rapid Capability Initiatives timelines while achieving and maintaining CS compliance across all Division Newport information systems and laboratories. She continues to serve as a consultant to NAVSEA and other Echelon II Commands, providing strategic guidance on cybersecurity policy and implementation.