Cyber Defense Center Administration

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College of Western Idaho's Cyber Defense Center is governed by a Director, Steering Committee, and Advisory Board.

The Cyber Defense Center Director, Sara Hoyt, oversees asset management, sets operational policies, and serves as an advocate for the College.

The Steering Committee is made up of faculty members who participate in the administration of the Cyber Defense Center. Members include the Department Chair of Engineering, Robert Novak, and faculty members from the Computer Science and Information Technology programs. 

Advisory Board members, selected for their professional expertise in cybersecurity and support of the College, are private citizens who donate their time to the Cyber Defense Center.

Steering Committee

Photo of Sara Hoyt
Director, Cyber Defense Center
MS, MBA, Center of Academic Excellence - Cyber Defense Accreditation Alternate Point of Contact
Cyber Defense Center
Photo of Jay Soelberg
Instructor, Cybersecurity
Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Accreditation Point of Contact
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Bartt Anderson
Assistant Professor, Computer Support Specialist
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Linda Otto
Professor, Cybersecurity
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Lawrence Sevigny
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Rick Del Vecchio
Assistant Professor, Software Development
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Instructor, Cisco Networking & Security
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Mindy Young
Professor, Network Administration
Dept of Computer Science & IT
Photo of Kae Jensen
Dean, Science, Technology, and Math
Science, Technology, and Math
Photo of Robert Novak
Department Chair, Engineering

Advisory Board

Photo of Dr. Kimberlee Ann Brannock
Senior Security Advisor HP
  • Worldwide Security and Analytics Practice
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Region III Director
  • Idaho Small Business Development Center
Photo of Justin Malsam
Cyber Defense Manager for St. Luke's Health System
Photo of Edward Vasko
Director of Boise State University’s Institute of Pervasive Cybersecurity