MS Cybersecurity Faculty

Cybersecurity Graduate Program Faculty

Our MS in Cybersecurity faculty have strong backgrounds in the industry, as well as many years of experience in educating cybersecurity professionals. Our faculty are experts in fields such as Cybersecurity, Forensics, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Espionage and Information Assurance, and have helped develop Cybersecurity programs at other colleges.

Check out an interview with Professor Joe Giordano, as he describes faculty expertise in Utica's online MS in Cybersecurity program.

Review the profiles of some of our MS in Cybersecurity faculty below.

Joseph V. Giordano

Joseph V. Giordano

Chair of the Cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate programs

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Giordano is an Assistant Professor at Utica College teaching in both the cybersecurity undergraduate program and the Economic Crime Management graduate program. Professor Giordano is currently the chair of the cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate programs at Utica College. Joe has a B.S. from Utica College and an M.S. from Syracuse University. He worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory from 1981-2007. He finished his career as the Technical Adviser for cyber operations R&D. While at AFRL his areas of expertise included database technology, information assurance, and cyber warfare. After his retirement, he worked part-time at ITT as the Technical Director of the Cyber Information Management, Processing and Exploitation group. Professor Giordano is currently working part-time as an Advising Engineer at Assured Information Security, a small business that specializes in cyber operations R&D. He is currently a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and the Operations Security Professionals Society.

Raymond Philo

Raymond Philo

Adjunct Lecturer and Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Raymond Philo currently serves as the Executive Director of the Economic Crime Institute, as well as Director of Research for the Department of Economic Crime Operations, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity at Utica College. Mr. Philo has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Utica College since 2001, teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the staff at Utica College he served as a law enforcement administrator, retiring as Chief of Police for the New Hartford, N.Y. Police Department. Mr. Philo received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Utica College, and a MPA from Marist College. He holds numerous state and federal certifications in law enforcement operations and management. Mr. Philo is currently a licensed consultant with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Leonard Popyack, Ph.D.

Dr. Leonard Popyack

Associate Professor of Cybersecurity

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Dr. Popyack was one of the first United States government research scientists to study offensive information warfare. An accomplished researcher himself, he set up a group of highly talented personnel in 1999 to develop next generation cyber operations tools. In 2001, he and a partner formed a company, Assured Information Security, Inc., to concentrate on delivering quality cyber operations technology to the warfighter. Len left that company in 2009 and now concentrates on teaching and pursuing his own research interests. He is currently an Associate Research Professor at Syracuse University. Dr. Popyack has taught courses on Internet security principles, mobile code security, systems assurance, steganography and data hiding, malicious code analysis, and cryptography. In addition, Dr. Popyack taught courses for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Advanced Course in Engineering. Dr. Popyack holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and has held various positions with the United States Government, large and small businesses, and universities.

Thomas Ryan

Thomas Ryan

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Professor Ryan is the academic adviser for the cybersecurity graduate and the online economic crime investigation and cybersecurity programs. He began his career in Law Enforcement as a Police Officer with the City of Oswego Police Department in 1974 rising through the ranks to the position of Deputy Police Chief. In 1989, Tom left the Oswego City Police Department and became the Police Chief of the University Police Department at the State University at Oswego. He was soon appointed Assistant Vice President of Public Safety, Parking, and Emergency Services. In 2004, Tom became an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Utica College. He has worked as a consultant for the State University at Oswego as the Chairman of their Labor Management Committee, handling all labor issues between CSEA and the Management at SUNY Oswego. Currently, Mr. Ryan is a Senior Partner in CRJ Associates LLC specializing in police management and university security issues. Mr. Ryan is a Vietnam Veteran, receiving the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V for Valor, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He holds a B.S. in Public Justice and an MBA from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Dr. Gregory Walsh

Dr. Gregory Walsh

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Prior to joining Utica College, Professor Walsh held a variety of positions with the New York State Police over a 25-year career culminating in his promotion to Captain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in 2003. As Captain at the BCI, Walsh managed and coordinated all major criminal investigations for the state police in a seven county area. Additionally, he supervised the BCI's specialized units, including the Cyber-terrorism Unit, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit and the Violent Crimes Investigation Unit. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Walsh was appointed as Chairman of a seven-county counter-terrorism law enforcement conglomerate and served as a member of the U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Task Force. Walsh received his bachelor's degree in Economic Crime Investigation from SUNY Institute of Technology, his masters in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.

Timothy H. Ball, Ph.D.

Tim Ball

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Dr. Tim Ball has worked in the field of computer electronics and data communications while he tinkered with computer hardware and software on the side. Finally deciding to get serious about the computer industry, Tim returned to school, earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and took a job as a Software Engineer designing and coding Navy weather analysis systems. Shortly thereafter, Tim once again returned to school and earned a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Master's certificate in Digital Forensics from the University of Rhode Island and started work at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. At NUWC, Tim was the lead Information System Security Engineer, and as such was responsible for the Information Assurance of periscope systems on Navy submarines. While working at NUWC, Tim was recruited by the Air Force to work at the Air Force Research Laboratory. During this time, Tim continued his studies at URI and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science shortly after taking the job at AFRL. Currently, Tim is the in-house research lead for Offensive Cyber Operations and Subject Matter Expert for many DARPA programs. He has also sat on multiple scientific review boards for DARPA. As research lead at AFRL, Tim has proposed research ideas to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and has been awarded funding to pursue these research topics. Tim is the Principle Investigator on these projects and leads small teams of contractors and military personnel. When Tim isn't in the lab, he can usually be found in the gym where he loves to lift things up and put them down. Tim also holds certifications as a Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Information System Security Professional. Tim is also a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Professional. Tim has received the National Collegiate Computer Science Award and the United States Achievement Academy's All-American Scholar Award. He is a member of the Academic Honors Society and the Computer Science Honors Society.

Adjunct Faculty
Jeffrey Bardin

Jeffrey Bardin

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Since 1982 Jeff has worked in leadership positions at organizations such as EMC, Investors Bank & Trust, Hanover Insurance Group, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Marriott International. Jeff is currently the Chief Security Strategist for Treadstone 71 and is very active in cyber jihadist online research and activities. He recently published his first book entitled The Illusion of Due Diligence and has published several articles and blogs on cyber security and cyber jihad. Jeff earned his B.A. in Special Studies - Middle East Studies & Arabic Language from Trinity College as well as a M.S. in Information Assurance from Norwich University. Jeff also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Specialist (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and National Security Agency Information Security Assessment Methodology (NSA-IAM) certifications.

Joshua Bartolomie

Joshua Bartolomie

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Josh Bartolomie is the Director of the ITT Exelis Cyber Incident Response Center. Mr. Bartolomie is the primary Incident Response Manager for IT security related incidents throughout ITT Exelis and manages a dedicated staff of subject matter experts that execute a diverse range of activities to include items such as; incident response management, live and post mortem forensic analysis, malware analysis and reverse engineering, security monitoring, vulnerability assessments, risk and security assessments, penetration testing, intrusion detection and prevention system management, emerging technology, and proactive/situational threat awareness. Joshua holds a Master's Degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University as well as a B.S. in Digital and Computer Forensics from Champlain College. Additionally he maintains several technical certifications including: Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS), Certified Information Systems Security Specialist (CISSP), Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner (DFCP), Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Andrew Carr serves as a teaching assistant in the M.S. program and is currently employed at the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences in Syracuse, New York since 2008. He performs specialized forensic testing that involves the forensic examination of computers and computer media for the presence of evidence relating to criminal activity. He has testified as an expert witness for both state and federal prosecutions and his work has led to the identification of a previously unknown victim of child exploitation, gaining that child counseling and care she otherwise may have never received. Andrew received his B.S.in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with a Concentration in Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics from Utica College in 2008, and an M.S. in Cybersecurity - Intelligence and Forensics in 2012. Mr. Carr has taught Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics I at Utica College both online and in traditional classroom settings. He has also provided training to evidence technicians and investigators regionally for the proper handling and preservation of computer evidence.

John Coale

John Coale

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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John Coale has 35 years of DoD technical experience working for the NSA, DIA, NIWA, and the US Navy. He has been a program Cloud Transition Tech Director, a Cyberspace Division Senior Analytic Officer, the Analysis and Production Tech Leader for Information Operations, the SINIO for IO (Cyber), and the Research Transformation Tech Director. He also teaches courses in intelligence, national security, homeland security, cyber warfare, and military history at several universities. His professional achievements include the Intelligence Community Officer Designation, the US Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Award and Medal, and the National Y2K Medal. He has the Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University) and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Leslie Corbo

Leslie Corbo

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Leslie Corbo is a teaching assistant in the M.S. program and currently works at ITT Exelis. She has experience in the cyber security and information security fields. Her work experience includes several years as an IT-security analyst where her responsibilities included network monitoring, computer forensics, analysis, and incident response. Ms. Corbo currently works as an Information Systems Security Manager, managing information systems while developing, implementing and enforcing information security policies and procedures. She holds a M.S. in Cyber Security from Utica College, where she also earned her B.S in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics. She holds certifications in Comp TIA's Security +, GIAC Security Essentials, as well as various certifications from the Defense Security Service.

Harry Cooper

Harry Cooper

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Harry R Cooper: Harry Cooper teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on cyber counter intelligence, Information Assurance, Cryptography, Cyber Defense, and other cyber courses at Utica College. He previously spent 13 years in the corporate sector before starting his own technology company Thimbleweed Consulting and subsequently TWC Security. He has over 16 years of experience in developing high technology software and hardware products, and during the last 3 years, has focused on research and development of security and forensic technologies. Harry is active in cyber counterintelligence and researches and develops various cyber threat analyses. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a M.S. in Cyber Security - Intelligence and Forensics from Utica College.

Robert DeCarlo

Robert DeCarlo

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Professor DeCarlo is a Cyber Security Analyst and Capture Manager with ITT Exelis Corporation in Rome, NY. Currently he is supporting various Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense technology programs and is also working to support the ITT Exelis in-house training program, Secure U. Over the past 15 years, he has learned about intelligence, cybersecurity and cyber threats from several gifted mentors within the DoD. During his 10 years with the CyberScience Laboratory, he provided technical assistance and awareness training on various cybercrime topics to federal, state and local and law enforcement agencies nationwide. Professor DeCarlo holds an MBA from Sage Graduate School and an M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College of Syracuse University in which he took a particular interest in fraud management, network security and criminal law.

Anthony DeSarro

Anthony DeSarro

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. DeSarro is a manager with KPMG’s Forensic Technology practice in Atlanta, GA. He specializes in providing services to clients in the areas of digital evidence recovery, evidence and discovery management (e-discovery) and litigation readiness in support of civil litigation, compliance and monitoring, investigations, and fraud detection. He has led multiple e-discovery matters where he has worked with internal and external counsel throughout the e-discovery process. He has assisted clients in numerous computer forensic investigations involving theft of intellectual property, patent litigation, employee violations, harassment, wrongful termination, human resource matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, and ombudsman cases. Some of his investigations have involved international clients requiring collections across the globe. In addition, he has shadowed third-party investigations ensuring the investigative processes and procedures comply with industry best practices. Tony received his B.S. in Economic Crime Investigation and M.S. in Cybersecurity - Intelligence and Forensics from Utica College. He was a civilian participant in the Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) Cyber Security Boot Camp at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Tony currently holds the following certifications: Certified E-Discovery Specialist, EnCase (EnCE) Certified, EnCase Certified eDiscovery Practitioner (EnCEP), Clearwell Certified.

Daniel Draz

Daniel Draz

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Prior to teaching at UC, Mr. Draz served as the Corporate Investigations Manager at TransUnion. He was also a fraud investigator in the Special Investigations Unit at Standard Insurance Company in Portland, OR. A licensed California Private Investigator, Mr. Draz has been a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) since 1996 and is also a member of the American Society for Industrial Security's (ASIS) Economic Crime Council and the International Association of Special Investigations Unit (IASIU). He was previously the Associate Editor of Fraud Investigations for PI Magazine. Professor Draz has an M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College in 2005 and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Mike Eckler

Mike Eckler

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Michael Eckler is an adjunct lecturer in the M.S. Cybersecurity program at Utica College and employed full time as an Investigator with the New York State Police. Mr. Eckler has been employed in law enforcement for over 10 years and is currently assigned to the Computer Crime Unit. His educational background includes a two-year degree from Herkimer County Community College in Criminal Justice, B.S. degree from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Forest Biology, B.S. degree from Utica College in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, and an M.S. degree from Syracuse University in Telecommunications and Network Management. Mr. Eckler additionally holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management from Syracuse University, and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics from the University of Central Florida. He is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and currently conducts technology facilitated criminal investigations.

Cynthia Gonnella

Cynthia Gonnella

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Cynthia Gonnella has been a Computer Crimes Instructor at NW3C since 2007. She served over 20 years in law enforcement and over 10 years in computer forensic investigations. Cynthia is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). She holds the CompTIA certifications of A+, Network+, and Security+. In 2005, Cynthia was the first person to earn an advanced certificate of degree in cybercrime investigation from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2007, Cynthia was the recipient of the Children’s Trust Fund, “Investigator of the Year” award, in the State of Missouri. Cynthia majored in Criminal Justice at Columbia College, earning her Associates degree in 1996. In 2010, she earned her B.S. in Computer Forensics from Kaplan University. In 2012, she earned her M.S. in Cybersecurity –Intelligence and Forensics at Utica College. She has served as the director of communications for the City of Eldon where she was responsible for the city’s computer network, the 911 dispatch center, and was the first computer forensic investigator for the Lake of the Ozarks Major Case Squad. Just prior to joining NW3C, Cynthia worked as a Computer Investigative Specialist with the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team where she investigated child exploitation and the online solicitation of children for sexual purposes. Cynthia continues to consult with law enforcement assisting with cybercrime cases.

Richard M. Gloo

Richard M. Gloo

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Gloo is employed at Assured Information Security, Inc. of Rome, New York since 2005. He has led advanced research and development efforts in the cybersecurity domain. His expertise is focused on software development in the areas of digital forensics, steganography, data leakage prevention, reverse engineering, vulnerability assessment, network security monitoring, and 802.11 wireless security. Mr. Gloo holds a patent (US # 8,098,155) for a system and method for locating a target wireless device. Mr. Gloo received his B.S. degree in Computer Science in 2003 and an M.S. in Telecommunications in 2005 from SUNY Institute of Technology. Mr. Gloo is also a graduate of the Utica College Master’s degree program in Cybersecurity – Intelligence and Forensics. Mr. Gloo has taught courses in computer security principles, Windows security, Linux security, vulnerability assessment, and digital forensics.

Austen Givens

Austen Givens

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Austen D. Givens teaches graduate courses on critical infrastructure protection, cyber incident management, and network security at Utica College. Austen also teaches undergraduate courses on homeland security, counterterrorism and emergency management. He previously served as Director of Emergency Management at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Austen is co-author of The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security (Peter Lang, forthcoming) the increasingly powerful influence of businesses in functions ranging from disaster management to cybersecurity. He is most recently co-author of "Realizing the Promise of Public-Private Partnerships in US Critical Infrastructure Protection," which appears in the March 2013 issue of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Strategic Security, Emergency Management magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis at Syracuse University. Austen is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at King's College London. He is a fellow with Virginia Commonwealth University's National Homeland Security Project, and has worked with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Virginia Fusion Center. He holds an M.A. degree in homeland security and emergency preparedness from VCU, and studied international relations in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He can be reached on Twitter @UCgivens

Chester Hosmer

Chester Hosmer

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Chet Hosmer is the Sr. Vice President and Chief Scientist of WetStone Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Allen Corporation of America. He has over 30 years of experience in developing high technology software and hardware products, and during the past 15 years, has focused on research and development of information security technologies, with specialty areas including: trusted time, biometric liveness, data exfiltration, malicious code and steganography and watermarking, cyber forensics and intrusion detection and response. During the past 11 years Mr. Hosmer has successfully served as the principal investigator on over thirty cyber security funded research efforts. These efforts have been sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army Research Laboratory and National Institute of Justice. Mr. Hosmer also serves on the National Institute of Justice's Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative's Technology Working Group.

Derek Larson

Derek Larson

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Derek Larson currently works at ITT Exelis and has over 8 years of experience in the cyber security and computer forensic fields. His work experience includes several years as a cyber-security analyst where his responsibilities include network monitoring, computer forensic, incident response and vulnerability management. In this role he also provides leadership and direction on cyber security investigations, and incident response. In addition, he has facilitated several programs that identify and mitigate cyber threats and reduce risk. Mr. Larson also has several years of experience providing cyber security training to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. He holds an M.A. in Information Assurance from Norwich University and earned his B.S. in Economic Crime Investigation from Utica College. CISSP, GCFA, Tenable Certified Security Manager.

Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Lieutenant Robert Lee is an active-duty Cyberspace Operations Officer in the United States Air Force and currently a flight commander at an intelligence squadron in Germany working under the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency. A graduate of the Air Force’s Undergraduate Cyber Training technical school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, he received a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an MS in Cybersecurity from Utica College. Building on his passion for education, Lieutenant Lee founded hackINT, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization that teaches classes in cybersecurity, forensics, and hacking to students around the world. He has written articles on control-system cybersecurity, the direction of cyberspace, nation-state cyber weapons of the future, and advanced cyber threats for publications such as Air and Space Power Journal, Control Global, SC Magazine, Australia Security Magazine, and Hong Kong Security Magazine. He has also presented cyber-related topics at conferences in Miami, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Washington, DC; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramstein, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Vienna, Austria; and London, England. Routinely consulted for his expertise on such subjects, Lieutenant Lee is an active cyber advocate.

Tony Martino

Sgt. Anthony Martino

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Tony Martino is a 20-year veteran of the Utica, N.Y Police Department where he held the rank of Sergeant before retiring. Mr. Martino co-founded the Central New York Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and received the Wallie Howard Jr. Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mr. Martino has an M.S. degree in Economic Crime Management and is currently an adjunct instructor at Utica College where he developed and now teaches courses in intermediate and advanced computer forensics. He is the director of the Northeast Cyber Forensics Center at Utica College. Tony is also a contributing author to the book, "The New Technology of Crime, Law and Social Control" published by Criminal Justice Press in 2007. Since 2004, Tony has been a deputized U.S. Marshal as a participant in the United States Secret Service Electronic Crime Task Force.

Vernon McCandlish

Vernon McCandlish

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Vernon started playing with computers and technology in the late 1970s. He quickly fell in love with computer gaming and this has been a driving force for him to learn how computers and technology work. Vernon earned a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and joined the New York State Troopers. During his career with the Troopers, he attained the rank of Zone Sergeant and worked on many technology related programs and cases. Vernon earned a M.S. in Utica College’s Economic Crime Management program and began to work as an adjunct with Utica College after graduation, teaching a variety of information security and technology related classes. After 20 years with the Troopers, Vernon retired and moved to a position as a Cyber Security Analyst and Malware Reverse Engineer for ITT Exelis Inc. Vernon holds three industry certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and GIAC’s Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM). Vernon has worked on several projects as a contract programmer, including several multiplayer on-line games. He runs a blog (http://malanalysis.com/blog) devoted to malware analysis and stays activity in the cybersecurity, digital forensics, and reverse engineering communities.

Ismael Morales

Ismael Morales

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Morales serves as a teaching assistant in the program. He is the Information Operations Lead for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in Rome, NY. He has 24 years of U.S. Army experience and 12 years of software engineering, geo-spatial information processing, and cyber security research domain expertise. He has supported Air Force Research Laboratory and Department of Defense programs for the past 6 years to include low level development, cyber security research, and technical management. Mr. Morales is a Certified SCADA Security Architect, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and consults various DOD agencies on FISMA certification and accreditation. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Information Assurance from Syracuse University.

Albert Orbinati

Albert Orbinati

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Orbinati is an adjunct instructor in CYB 695 and 696. He is also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, as a member of the New York Air National Guard. He has over nine years of military service, to include operations supporting both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Orbinati has previously held teaching positions in both the Rome and Whitesboro (New York) Central School Districts. He holds a B.A. from Binghamton University, received his M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult and Postsecondary Education (2013 expected).

Salvatore-Paladino

Salvatore Paladino

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Paladino is an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College and a Cyber Security Analyst for ITT Exelis. He has authored numerous technical papers, testified as a cybersecurity expert witness before judicial bodies such as the New York State Commission of Investigation, and was formally recognized in 2005 for his contributions to the investigative mission of the United States Secret Service. In his 12 years of working in the information security field, Sal has trained or educated more than 2,500 individuals from government, law enforcement, private industry, and academia. Mr. Paladino holds a B.S degree in Economic Crime Investigation with a Computer Security Concentration from Utica College and an MBA in Technology Management from the State University of New York. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) professional, and a CompTIA (A+, Security+, and Network+) certified professional.

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Paul Pantani

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Pantani has been a police officer for 20 years. He is currently employed by the Riverside County (California) District Attorney's Office, assigned to the Consumer Fraud Unit. He has been an investigator for the last 9 years. During this time Paul has specialized in all aspects of fraud and Internet based crimes. Paul earned an M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College. He has also completed the California Department of Justice's Advanced Computer Forensics Program.

Christopher Riddell

Christopher Riddell

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Riddell attended the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in Glynco, GA. While a member of the United States Coast Guard he worked in drug enforcement and anti-terrorism fields operating out of Puerto Rico and Cuba. Chris was a staff instructor at the Port Security School, Yorktown, VA where he taught law enforcement tactics. In addition to his law enforcement experience, Riddell was a Master Training Specialist (select) for the United States Coast Guard and the Navy. He served as a staff instructor at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Headquarters. Chris is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). He graduated from Saint Leo University in Florida, and the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Additionally, he attended the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick AFB, Cocoa Beach FL. Chris earned his M.S. degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.

Kevin Stilwell

Kevin Stilwell

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Mr. Stilwell serves as a teaching assistant in the program. He has been employed at ITT Exelis in Rome, NY since 2003. He has been involved in the development and maintenance of application software solutions related to the secure transfer of information across security domains and has recently developed a Microsoft Outlook plug-in to allow users to easily submit suspicious emails to the ITT Exelis Cyber Incident Response Center. In 2002, Mr. Stilwell received a B.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the SUNY Institute of Technology. In 2012, he completed an M.S. in Cybersecurity - Intelligence and Forensics from Utica College where he was the first ever graduate of the program.

Sherry Zyskowski

Sherry Zyskowski

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Sherry Zyskowski is a teaching assistant in the program and currently works for S.W.Lomeli, Inc conducting test and evaluation of software for potential security issues and vulnerabilities. This includes analyzing network traffic, firewall policies, processes, and registry modifications associated with installation of the software. Previous experience includes designing and developing data extraction tools, developing SQL queries, conducting vulnerability assessment scans, maintaining enterprise antivirus and anti-spyware software, key member of the incidence response team, planning and implementing information assurance awareness programs, and system administrator duties. She received an A.S. from MVCC in Mathematics, a B.S. degree from SUNYIT in Computer Science, and a M.S. from Norwich University in Information Assurance. Sherry also holds the CompTIA Security+ certification and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuration certification.



  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD)