Project Management

PM Point of View #67. Cybersecurity in Project Management

By PMI Washington, DC Chapter, Charles L. McGann, Jr., Susan Parente, and Dr. Nima Zahadat
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Every day we hear about another cyber attack. Another virus that we have to guard against. Defending our digital infrastructure is an ongoing and top priority for every organization. It must also be incorporated into every project, from inception to close-out. In this episode, host, Kendall Lott, convenes a round table of experts to discuss best practices to safeguard your project from digital predators.

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About the Speakers


Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, Jr.

Cybersecurity consultant and education professional

Charles McGann Jr. is a Cybersecurity consultant and education professional with 49 years of IT and Cybersecurity experience.  He currently contracts with small to mid-size organizations, addressing compliance concerns and overall Cybersecurity policy, architecture and implementation challenges of government contractors providing IT and Security services. 

Chuck retired from the position of Corporate Information Security Officer (CISSO) for the US Postal Service (USPS) in November 2014. Responsibilities included securing an intranet that is one of the largest maintained by any organization in the world.



Susan Parente is a project engineer, consultant, speaker, author, professor, and mentor who leads large complex IT software implementation projects, and the establishment of Enterprise PMOs. She has 20+ years of experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the US Department of Defense, and other federal government agencies.

Mrs. Parente has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in NY and a MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University in DC. She has numerous project management, Agile, risk management, and IT Security certifications, including: PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, PSM I, CISSP, RESILIA, CRISC and ITIL certified, and she is a CMMI and ISO 9001 Practitioner.


Dr. Nima Zahadat

Essential Assets Group, Inc.

Dr. Nima Zahadat is a Senior Instructor and Consultant specializing in information systems and engineering with more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, application development, and database systems. He is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on current topics related to information systems and security.

Dr. Zahadat has designed, developed, and taught information system curricula courses in the fields of security, cyber security, web design, database management, programming, visualization, virtualization, networking, and system administration to the commercial sector, the Department of Defense, and within the University setting. He has advised and mentored both graduate and undergraduate students and supported their academic work and career development across multiple universities within Northern Virginia.

Dr. Zahadat earned a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics, a master’s degree in Management of Information Systems, and a PhD in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. He holds more than 30 industry certifications from industry-recognized certifying bodies including Cisco, Microsoft, EC-Council, CompTIA and more.

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