Unit Chief for the Operational Planning, Exercise and Training Branch
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
Office of Cybersecurity & Communications
A 20 year veteran of the Navy and Air Force, Stephen Mancini is the Unit Chief for the Operational Planning, Exercise, and Training Branch in the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) within the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C). In this role, Mancini is responsible for cybersecurity planning and exercises for the NCCIC and its partners, ensuring that the Department is prepared to respond to and mitigate cyber threats to our federal networks, and our nation’s critical infrastructure.
Most recently, Mancini helped to develop the first interagency cyber plan, which captures cyber defense and mitigation capabilities from across the federal government and the private sector. This cyber capabilities plan has resulted in his team’s development of the first set of Cyber Playbooks for the NCCIC, which help to guide the NCCIC’s response to incident reports and releasing of actionable cybersecurity alerts to our public and private sector partners. He is also responsible for leading the creation of the NCCIC’s first Training and Exercise Plan, which provides specific requirements for better developing cyber professionals within the NCCIC.
Prior to retiring from the Air Force, Mancini served as a military faculty member at the National Defense University’s iCollege where he taught cybersecurity to information security leaders from across the federal government; all while managing an information assurance lab, where he worked with control systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, providing hands-on demonstrations for students.
To better manage and facilitate U.S. cybersecurity efforts, the Department of Homeland Security established the NCCIC as a 24x7 operations coordinating center. The NCCIC’s mission includes leading the protection of federal civilian agencies in cyberspace, providing support and expertise to critical infrastructure owners and operators, working through the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to provide expertise and information to State and Local governments, and coordinating with international partners to share information and collaboratively respond to incidents.