Derrick Smits is the Director of Cyber Training and Information Security Services for HigherEchelon. He has been with HigherEchelon supporting the Army Cyber School as a Unified Land Operations Instructor since 2016. Derrick maintains oversight of HigherEchelon Instructor support to the Cyber Captains Career Course, the Cyber Basic Officer Leaders Course, Cyber Common Technical Core, the Cyber Officer Planners Course, Cyberspace Response Assessment and other mobile training team efforts. Derrick has a proven and diverse background with over 20 years of applied leadership at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels while serving as an Infantry and Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Derrick is a 1995 graduate of the University of North Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Derrick has achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from American Military University.