Prof. Milos Manic, IES President and Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Cybersecurity Center, received the prestigious Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


Milos Manic receives prestigious FBI Award from Stanley Meador, Special Agent in Charge and Leslie McLane, Community Outreach Coordinator


Each year, FBI field offices across the country nominate an individual to recognizes those who exemplify partnership and work to make a difference in their community.

The Richmond Division chose to honor Dr. Milos Manic, a leader in the cybersecurity field through his innovative research in artificial intelligence. He has invented several AI-based platforms to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and helped organize and host FBI Richmond’s first Cyber Collegiate Academy. He is a tireless advocate for the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

On 19 April 2024, FBI Director Christopher Wray honored the 2023 DCLA recipients at a ceremony held at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Our success as both a law enforcement and an intelligence agency hinges on our ability to foster and maintain genuine partnerships with people in all communities,” Director Wray told the honorees. “People like this year’s Leadership Award recipients not only identify what others need, but they are willing to roll up their sleeves and provide services. They are building bridges and relationships while putting in the work to have hard conversations and find common purpose. They do it out of kindness and compassion with a sincere belief that justice—in its many forms—requires all of us to do the right thing in the right way.”


FBI Director Christopher Wray honored Milos Manic at a ceremony held at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C



Read the first official LinkedIn post and watch Dr. Manic receive the prestigious award (video duration 1 min 18 sec)


Watch the short video excerpt of the formal recognition ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (video duration 1 min)


Congratulations Prof. Manic!