WERXshops! Series: An Airmen’s Guide to Cyber Security

June 14, 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of WERXShops!

WERXShops is a series we will be hosting each month here at MGMWERX with the goal of providing AU students opportunities to learn from Subject Matter Experts. We are bringing in experts representing academia, industry, technology, innovation, national security, foreign policy, and so much more.

Our first WERXShops event will be June 27th at MGMWERX. MGMWERX will be hosting a Cyber Security Panel Discussion between 3 SMEs representing the military, academia, and industry. They will cover many vital topics of discussion, as well as a research paper written by an AU student. 

We will provide lunch but please feel free to bring your own as well. Doors open at 11:30am and the panel will take place from 12:00-1:00pm.

AU students, we also want to hear from you! We want to know who and what you want to hear from and about. Come prepared with your requests, questions, and feedback.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Jeremy Patrick of Air University
Marc Sachs of Auburn University McCrary Institute
Zachary Lewis of Clarity Innovations

TOPIC | Airmen’s Guide To Cyber Security

  • Academic partnerships with industry, the government, and the military for cybersecurity.
  • Digital Threats to Air Mobility Operations.
  • Open source security threats.

This is an In-Person Event. Bring lunch or grab a slice on us!

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Marcus Sachs

Deputy Director for Research – McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security

Marcus Sachs, a security executive with over 40 years of public and private sector professional experience, coordinates and expands the institute’s cyber and critical infrastructure security research portfolio. He serves as Auburn’s principal investigator supporting a multi-institution initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a national network of institutes that will educate and train dynamic and diverse cybersecurity professionals. Sachs retired from the U.S. Army in January 2002 after serving a distinguished 20-year career as a Corps of Engineers and Systems Automation officer. After his military retirement, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security. In May 2003, he joined DHS as the first cyber program director, where he was responsible for developing the implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Sachs’ private sector experience includes serving as the deputy director of SRI International’s Computer Science laboratory, as the vice president for national security policy at Verizon, as the senior vice president and chief security officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and as the chief security officer of Pattern Computer. Sachs has held leadership roles in multiple public/private advisory working groups and task forces including the Executive Committee of the U.S. Communications Sector Coordinating Council and the Communications Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Comm-ISAC). {additional biographic info here: https://mccrary.auburn.edu/experts/sachs-marcus/)

Zachery Lewis

Zach is a Site reliability engineering Team Lead and a Subject Matter Expert Cybersecurity. He has CISSP and CSSLP security certifications. He has 30+ years of IT experience with both Full Stack Development and System Operations/Admin. He is a consultant for both Fortune 500 and Government clients.

Lt. Col Jeremy Patrick

Lt. Col. Jeremy A. Patrick is an Air Force Reserve Individual Military Augmentee assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Air Operations Division, Air Refueling Directorate, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The Air Operations Division is responsible for operational planning, scheduling and execution of all worldwide aerial refueling operations directed by United States Transportation Command.