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Cyber PLC


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  • Develop a support network for Public Media Security Professionals.
  • A space for Public Media Security Professionals to ask questions, share information, and gain insights.

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The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) connect NETA members and provide a space to share best practices, develop professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. NETA’s PLCs focus on Community Engagement, Content, Education, Public Media Innovators, Security and Marketing and Communications.


Target Audience: Public Media Security Professionals – The Few, The Proud, The Paranoid

Course provided by NETA

PLC Facilitators

James Beniot

Jimmy S. Benoit

Vice President, Cybersecurity & Program Management - PBS

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Jimmy Benoit serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity & Program Management at PBS; bringing over a decade and a half of experience, he leads various teams in support of PBS’s mission to serve the American public with programming and services of the highest quality, using media to educate, inspire, entertain, and express a diversity of perspectives.

Jimmy began his career in the U.S. Army – earning his commission as a second lieutenant from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. A Bronze Star recipient: Jimmy served with distinction and received an honorable discharge from active-duty service having earned the rank of Captain and having served across the United States, Asia, Africa, and serving one tour in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Jimmy continues to lead complex programs and has established a successful track record for building and maturing cybersecurity teams and capabilities. Jimmy has served in senior roles across various organizations before arriving at PBS and has earned, and maintained, over a dozen cybersecurity certifications to include CISSP, CEH, GWAPT, CySA+, CASP+, etc.

Jimmy actively contributes to the cybersecurity community through volunteerism, public speaking engagements, and service across numerous organizations including CIS, the GIAC Advisory Board, and more.

Heather Hankins

Heather Hankins

Information Security Manager - NETA

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Information Security Manager Heather Hankins provides critical support within NETA’s cyber environment, searching for vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software, monitoring and managing attacks and intrusions, implementing improvements, and developing new layers of protection. Hankins has been an invaluable member of NETA since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and has certifications as a Ransomware Specialist, Insider Threat Specialist, Security Awareness Trainer, and Supply Chain Cybersecurity. She is a Chief Liaison Officer for the South Carolina Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program, a member of Infragard, and the PBS ETAC IT Cyber Security Working Group.