Cybersecurity Graduate Program Faculty

Cybersecurity Graduate Program Faculty


Our Cybersecurity graduate program 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 Cybersecurity graduate program faculty below.

Cybersecurity Undergraduate and Graduate Program Director

Joseph V. Giordano

Joseph V. Giordano

Director of the Cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate programs

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Mr. Giordano is a Professor of Practice at Utica College. Professor Giordano is currently the director of the cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate Cybersecurity programs at Utica College. He has a B.S. from Utica College and an M.S. from Syracuse University. Mr. Giordano worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory as a computer scientist 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, cyber operations, and cyber warfare. After his retirement, he worked at ITT as the Technical Director of the Cyber Information Management, Processing and Exploitation group. Professor Giordano also worked as an Advising Engineer at Assured Information Security, a small business that specializes in cyber operations R&D. Most recently, Mr. Giordano co-founded Anjolen, a small business dedicated to cybersecurity consulting. 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.


Distinguished Faculty

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.

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.

Austen Givens

Austen Givens

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity,
MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Professor Givens teaches undergraduate courses on homeland security, counterterrorism and emergency management at Utica College. He also teaches graduate courses on critical infrastructure protection, cyber incident management, and network security.

Prior to entering academia, Austen was a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and later worked with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Virginia Fusion Center, and on Capitol Hill for two members of Congress. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London.

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.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Josh Burdett

Dr. Josh Burdett

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Josh Burdett has been in the financial crime space for over 15 years serving in many roles both on the financial institution side and on the vendor side. He has served in fraud prevention, anti-money laundering and risk prevention roles. He was also the Director of Services for a Silicon Valley based Insider Threat vendor. In his daily work, he used statistical techniques to identify internal threats for a wide variety of organizations and industries.

His Doctorate of Management included hi dissertation with a focus on organizational culture. He has a technology background and has worked extensively as a program manager for large scale change programs in the financial services space.

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.

Maria Conacchia

Maria Conacchia

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: BS – Cybersecurity, MS – Cybersecurity

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Maria Cornacchia is a Utica native who has spent most of her life right here in Central New York. Maria pursued an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University with a dual major in Education and Mathematics. After graduating with high honors in 2006, Maria then began her career as a Computer Science researcher for the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, NY, where she still works fulltime today. Without taking a break, Maria began her graduate studies in Computer Science at Syracuse University and completed the degree in 2009. Shortly after, Maria started her PhD in Computer Science. She has been published in many leading conferences in topics ranging from target tracking to computer vision applications. Maria is actively working on her dissertation and continues to work as a research scientist.

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.

Michael Craig

Michael Craig

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Mike currently works as a senior risk consultant for both public and private sector clients specializing in enterprise risk, compliance, and cyber emergency and crisis management. His experience includes a position with the General Electric CIRT and the U.S. Air Force as a Cyberwarfare Officer, where he held a number of positions in both operations and emergency management. He received an M.A. in Security Management from American Military University, a received dual-bachelor's degrees in Security & Intelligence and Arabic Studies from Ohio State University.

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.

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.

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.

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://www.malanalysis.com/blog/) devoted to malware analysis and stays activity in the cybersecurity, digital forensics, and reverse engineering communities.

Robert Miller

Robert Miller

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Robert has a JD from Syracuse University and is a licensed attorney in New York State. He has previously worked in healthcare and insurance, serving in the general counsel's office of both a home care agency and a hospital, working as a compliance consultant for a large insurance agency, as well as developing and implementing a new quality management initiative at a hospital.

Currently, he is working full time in higher education, while also pursuing additional advanced studies in health care administration.

Robert is interested in corporate and not-for-profit compliance programs, particularly as compliance relates to process improvement, and quality management.

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.

Khatuna Mshvidobadze, Ph.D.

Khatuna Mshvidobadze, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Dr. Khatuna Mshvidobadze is a Principal at Cyberlight Global Associates. She is also Senior Associate at the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia and Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at Utica College, NY, which is designated by NSA and DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education. She has been Deputy Director of the Information Center on NATO and Adviser to the office of the Minister of Defense of Georgia. An expert on geopolitics, cyber intelligence and cyber security policy, her articles have appeared in Georgian and in English, including in Defense News, Jane’s Defense Weekly, Jane’s Foreign Report, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and more. She is also the author of numerous “Expert Opinion” papers and training courses on cyber issues.

Her presentation, “New threats: Energy Security, Cyber Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection,” at the Conference on NATO and the New Strategic Concept in Bucharest in 2009 is listed as a source in the official bibliography of the new NATO strategic concept. Her Presentation on “Russian Cyber Capabilities, Policy and Practice” has been presented at FBI Headquarters and field offices, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, US Defense Intelligence Agency, Ministry of Defense of Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Ministry of Defense of Georgia and various American private companies and organizations. She is frequently invited as a guest speaker at various international conferences. She holds a B.A. in English and Western Literature from Tbilisi State University, an M.B.A. from Caucasus School of Business, an M.S. in Cyber Forensics and Intelligence from Utica College and a Ph.D. from Georgian Technical University. Her MS thesis was on Russian cyber threats to its neighbors and to America. Her doctoral dissertation was on policy aspects of global information and cyber security. In the autumn of 2011, she was a Rumsfeld Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. She is a native Georgian speaker, fluent in English and Russian and basics in Turkish.

Recent Articles: US News: Gazprom Deal Puts Georgia at Risk of Becoming Energy Dependent on Russia

Michelle Mullinix

Michelle Mullinix

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Michelle Mullinix works full time as a Digital Forensic Analyst at ManTech International in the Washington DC Area. Her previous position was as a Technical Exploitation Analyst for ALKU Government Solutions. Prior to leaving the government space, she worked for the Department of the Army, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Network Enterprise Center in the Cyber Risk Management Division as an IT Specialist (INFOSEC) and for CECOM-LCMC as an Information Assurance Manager for the Pacific Region including Japan, the Middle East and South Korea. She has served over 16 years in the US Army to include Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Bosnia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity – Forensics from Utica College and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems – Forensics from DeVry University. She has also served as a Board Member at Large for the nonprofit organization Computer Technology Investigators Network which teaches forensic courses to the local Digital Forensic communities in the Pacific Northwest.

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, MPS – Cyber Policy & Risk Analysis

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Mr. Paladino is an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College and a Program Manager for Assured Information Security. He manages a portfolio of technologies exceeding $15 million in value, has authored numerous technical papers, has 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 17 years of working in the cyber domain, Sal has trained or educated more than 3,000 individuals from government, law enforcement, private industry, and academia.

Mr. Paladino holds a BS 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 Project Management Professional (PMP), 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.

Gary Reynolds

Gary Reynolds

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Gary Reynolds is the Director and Manager of Corporate Security for MUFG Union Bank and MUFG Americas where he is responsible for the development of effective strategies to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and safeguard the organization.

Prior to Union Bank, Gary was the Chief Security Officer for Dragnet Solutions, Inc.: Dragnet Solutions, Inc. is an identity management service provider that leverages advanced neural clustering algorithms, meta-data inference engines, biometric facial recognition technologies to automatically unveil criminal behavior in real-time.

Previous to Dragnet Solutions, Gary held the position of SVP/Director of Financial and Electronic Crime Investigations at Wells Fargo Bank. With a team of 60 investigators, Gary headed all aspects of external fraud crimes that targeted the bank. He managed the electronic crime investigation team overseeing outsider/insider attacks, forensic investigations, and electronic discovery. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Gary spent 20 years in county and municipal law enforcement retiring from the Santa Rosa Police Department.

Gary holds a B.A. degree from the University of Redlands, and a MSc degree from Utica College of New York, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching at the graduate level in the Economic Crime Management Program. He is also on the staff at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center where he teaches Unusual Incident Management at the basic academy.

Gary is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti Terrorism Specialist, and holds a Certificate in Computer Forensics from Oregon State University. He is a licensed private investigator and current member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. Gary was recently selected to serve on the ASIS, International Banking and Financial Services Council, and is on the advisory board of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators.

Gary is a nationally recognized speaker on identity theft and financial crime. His speaking assignments have included, The California Identity Theft Summit, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Identity Theft Symposium, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Conference, IRS Identity Theft Roundtable, ING Identity Theft Conference, and the Ameriprise Identity Theft Conference.

Published papers: Facial Recognition: A Biometric For The Fight Against Check Fraud

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.

Michael Woods

Michael Woods

Adjunct Lecturer

Program: MS – Cybersecurity, MPS – Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

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Michael Woods has been in Law Enforcement for 16 years starting as a Deputy Sheriff in Florida to becoming a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and a Special Agent with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General. He has had the opportunity to work as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Major Crimes Against Persons Investigator, Auto Theft Investigator, Counterintelligence Agent, Cyber Crimes Investigator and Fraud Investigator. He is also a Firearms Instructor, specializing in Active Shooter Response.

Michael spent a lot of time investigating and defending the Department of the Navy computer networks from hackers all over the world. He also deployed to Balad, Iraq to assist with the Global War on Terror, conducting Computer Exploitation. He works with the EPA conducting Grant Fraud and Contract Fraud Investigations as well as assisting the Cyber Division in his region. He also spent some time with KPMG as a Forensics Technology Specialist where he mostly assisted with E-Discovery work. Most of this time was spent imaging computer systems, gathering emails and documents and analyzing hard drives.

He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Troy State University and a Master’s degree in Cyber Security from Utica College. Michael also has the ENCE certification from Guidance Software.

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 Cyber Defense Education (CAE CD)