Stephanie Helm was appointed to be the first director of the MassCyberCenter at MassTech in September 2018. A career U.S. Navy officer, Helm brings to the role deep expertise developed in her senior leadership roles and over her nearly 30 year career as cryptologic/information warfare officer, roles which included positions where she oversaw long-term program development and time-sensitive operations.
Most recently, Helm served as a consultant with the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., providing subject matter expertise in the area of cyberspace, space, and information operations. Her work with the College focused on supporting war gaming efforts in a new warfare environment, namely cyberspace operations, which helped naval personnel learn to work in dynamic organizations and with new warfighting techniques. In addition to her consulting role, Helm also served as adjunct faculty, including as Professor of Information Operations, Strategic Communication, and Cybersecurity electives since 2010. While on active duty, she was a military professor from 2006-2009, where she wrote and taught the College’s “Fundamentals of Information Operations” elective course.
During Navy career, CAPT Helm held numerous leadership roles which focused on cyberspace operations and information operations, including as Deputy Division Director, Chief of Naval Operations (N3IO) in Washington, D.C., where she directed development of strategy and policy for Information Operations and Strategic Communication. In that role, she was called upon to represent Navy issues to other military branches, the Joint Staff, and the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and she coordinated the Navy’s input to the 2003 Department of Defense Information Operations Roadmap. CAPT Helm also served a tour at sea from 2001-2003, serving as the Deputy J2/J39 for the Commander, Second Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic, a role which ensured that the Fleet’s Intelligence and Information Operations functions were executed in support of national security tasking, a critical focus following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
CAPT Helm also served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Security Group Activity in Norfolk, VA, where she led over 300 sailors, officers, and civilians. She served tours of duty with U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL, the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD, and Naval Security Group commands in California, Italy, and Maine.
She received her B.A. from the University of California and her Masters from the U.S. Naval War College, as well as additional training at the Armed Forces Staff College (Norfolk, VA).