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Cyber SIG: The Importance of Mentorship for Technology Careers
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Category: Cyber & Technology SIG

Join us for an exciting panel of NSA Cybersecurity Leaders as they discuss how having mentors made a huge difference in their technology careers. They will discuss mentoring from each of their perspectives along with benefitting from mentors early on in one’s careers. Learn tips for how to get and build a strong relationship with a mentor. 

Are you struggling to get your start or grow your career in technology? Then this is a great event for you to attend! 

Are you a mentor looking for a mentee? Join us, there will great participants to interact with and meet!


Dina Haines is a Cyber Network Defense Analyst with the National Security Agency, bringing a unique blend of technical expertise and understanding of both private industry and academia to the collaboration table. She was named one of the "Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity" for 2020 and one of "Maryland's Cyber Warrior Women" in 2019. Ms. Haines teaches digital forensics and network security courses at the collegiate level. Prior to transitioning to a cybersecurity and threat intelligence role, she was in IT project management and strategy. Ms. Haines has a passion for introducing computer science and cybersecurity as a rewarding career to girls of all ages. Ms. Haines holds a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Information Technology and a certificate in Digital Forensics, as well as the CISSP, GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Security+, and Network+ industry certifications. Based in the metro DC area, she enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her husband and two sons.

 Natalie Pittore is the Chief of NSA’s Enduring Security Framework and is responsible for leading multi-lateral, public-private partnership efforts to address the nation’s most critical cybersecurity challenges. She previously served as NSA’s Chief of Cybersecurity Communications where she led the way for NSA to communicate on cybersecurity. Ms. Pittore has been on the frontlines of the cybersecurity mission serving as a Chiefand Operational Director in NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center, as well as a Chinese Language Analyst in the United States Air Force.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and History from Chaminade University and a degree in Chinese Mandarin from the Defense Language Institute.

Ms. Liji Samuel is currently serving as the Exploration Director for the Futures and Standards organization in the Cyber Security Directorate, at NSA’s Cyber Collaboration Center overseeing 30 innovative efforts.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has two Masters –Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering, the latter one locally from UMD College Park. Before coming to NSA, Ms. Samuel worked with industry at Hughes Network Systems as a lead Systems and Test engineer, developing and deploying Telematics and Internet Solutions over satellites.

She started her Federal career with NSA in January 2013, as an Engineer in High Performance Computing (HPC) and has held technical leadership and management positions during that time. She served in technical roles for several projects including Major System Acquisitions. She was critical in establishing the Test and Software Integration Branch, productizing HPC Software Stack; standing up reliable continuous engineering support for software and performance analysis across multiple HPC systems and architectures. She took up a Joint Duty Assignment with U.S. Cyber Command in 2019 as an NSA’s Cyber Command representative and has serves as the Acting Chief and D/Div Chief for the Architecture & Engineering Division which delivers architecture and engineering services to the command Headquarters and to the Department of Defense on support of global US military Cyberspace operations. Her leadership and technical accomplishments have been recognized though numerous awards.

Ms. Samuel resides with her family in Western Howard County, MD. Her husband and she are blessed with two children- 15-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. With no time for some of her cherished past hobbies (which included pottery and embroidery), she often indulges in arts and crafts with kids and labels it as quality time. :) She enjoys watching short videos on technology, cooking, and comedy.


Mr. Matthew Seligman is the Technical Director of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cybersecurity Collaboration Center.  He provides technical guidance and vision to augment and amplify NSA’s ability to prevent and eradicate threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base through industry partnerships.

Over his 19-year career at NSA, he has held various technical and leadership positions in the areas of embedded software development, computer networking research, and cybersecurity analysis and operations.  He authored several academic publications in the area of Delay-Tolerant Networking including one of the first papers on congestion control on the topic.  In the cybersecurity field, he has focused his research efforts on detecting and mitigating malicious DNS activity.

Prior to his NSA service, Mr. Seligman started his career in 1999 at Lucent Technologies as a hardware engineering.  In 2000, he left Lucent to join a startup telecommunications company, Coree Networks, as their control plane architect.

In addition to NSA service, Mr. Seligman is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Mercy College teaching cybersecurity courses.  Previously, he taught network security at University of Maryland, Baltimore County as an adjunct instructor.

Mr. Seligman holds B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a M.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.