Laura Élan, a software and cybersecurity expert, has been named the new Director of MxD Cyber: The National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing. Élan will serve as Senior Director of Cybersecurity for the full range of MxD’s cybersecurity projects and initiatives in support of the annual Strategic Investment Plan and will manage MxD’s Cybersecurity Steering Committee.

MxD was designated the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2018 and since then has established a Cybersecurity Steering Committee composed of experts across industry, government and academia to help guide its efforts in this arena.

Prior to joining MxD in 2021, Élan was responsible for Baxter Healthcare’s regulatory strategy for medical software, cybersecurity, interoperability and artificial intelligence/machine learning-enabled software. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and holds the RAC credential from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.