Nate Lesser & Mary Yang
Nate Lesser, Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST Nate Lesser is the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NCCoE collaborates with members of industry, government, and academia to build open, standards-based, modular and practical example reference designs that address cybersecurity challenges in key economic sectors. Since assuming his role in December 2012, Nate has been the center's principal liaison to collaborators, cultivating relationships with leading technology companies, public and private sector executives, and national experts. He also oversees the center's collaborative engineering initiatives, which engage with communities of interest to explore and address intractable cybersecurity issues both within and across industry sectors. Nate previously managed a team of cybersecurity engineers at Booz Allen Hamilton and held a position as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of Management and Budget. Nate holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University.
Mary Yang, NIST Mary Yang is the communications and events strategist supporting the national cybersecurity federally funded research and development center at NIST. She has over a decade of experience developing best practices, white papers, case studies, and other content for technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to publicly traded organizations. She also helps executives, technologists, and engineers translate their brilliant thoughts into compelling and engaging content, and she has been referred to as a "word ninja" by colleagues. Mary holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Sussex.