New office to coordinate DOD and academia cyber efforts

By Georgina DiNardo / June 12, 2024 at 3:22 PM

The Pentagon established the Cyber Academic Engagement Office (CAEO) today to function as the "consolidated focal point" for cyber-related activities between the Defense Department and academia.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer established CAEO today in compliance with a mandate in the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act.

Mark Gorak, the principal director for resources and analysis, was appointed as CAEO director on top of his current duties.

“Mark's responsibilities will include coordinating and funding academic engagement programs for the Department, conducting ongoing analysis of the performance for cyber-related educational efforts, establishing requirements, policies, and procedures to collect date on and evaluating the performance of covered academic engagement programs,” DOD said.