Iowa State University Alumni Association

Josiah A. Dykstra 2017

MS Information Assurance ’04
Severn, Md.

Josiah Dykstra is a cybersecurity subject matter expert currently employed by the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md. – where he has worked since graduating with his master’s degree from Iowa State in 2004. While attending ISU, Dykstra proudly participated in the National Science Foundation fellowship program CyberCorps, which was aimed at increasing the nation’s cyber workforce. While many program participants have since moved on to employment in the private sector, Dykstra has remained dedicated to public service. And in 2013, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County while working full-time in service to his country.

The author of the book Essential Cybersecurity Science, published in 2016, Dykstra has established himself as a world-class cybersecurity authority and a rising star in his field. He has been the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2017) from President Barack Obama, the Hope College Young Alumni Award (2017), the Director of National Intelligence’s Galileo Award (2013), and the U.S. Department of Defense’s David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Award (2013). In 2016, The Daily Record included him on its list of “Very Important Professionals (VIP)” Successful by 40.

In addition to his published book, Dykstra’s resume lists nine conference and journal publications, as well as multiple presentations and professional society affiliations. He is a Fellow and chair of the Digital Forensics Awards Committee for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also active with St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where in 2016 he became the church’s youngest senior warden – the top position for a lay person in the parish. Ever motivated to share and apply his extensive knowledge, Dykstra actively mentors university students and junior NSA employees.


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