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MPS in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis Program Faculty

Online MPS in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis: Faculty

At Utica College, our cyber policy faculty is comprised of experts who are highly regarded in their field. Each member of our faculty is committed to your success, and will guide you through the Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis program with insights from their real-world experience. Their relevant expertise and deep knowledge of cybersecurity policy will help you lead the future of cyber policy and practice.


Joseph V. Giordano

Joe Giordano

Director of the MPS in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis
Program Director of Cybersecurity Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

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

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Professor Giordano is currently the director of the cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate 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.

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.

David J. Smith

David J. Smith

Adjunct Lecturer
U.S. Ambassador

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

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Ambassador Smith has had a distinguished career in defense and foreign affairs, is an expert on international security issues, and in recent years has focused on the emerging field of cybersecurity. In 2012, he became Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center.

President George H. W. Bush nominated Ambassador Smith to lead U.S.- Soviet Defense and Space Talks on September 21, 1989. He led the U.S. team that worked to negotiate an agreement to allow deployment of defenses against the growing threat of ballistic missiles until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. From 1993 to 2002, he was President of Global Horizons, Inc. consulting on defense, international security issues and overseas business development. Ambassador Smith was awarded the University of Arizona's Distinguished Citizen Award in 1992, its Centennial Achievement Award in 1998 and its Extraordinary Leader Award in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, Ambassador Smith was Chief Operating Officer of the National Institute for Public Policy, Fairfax, Virginia.

His articles and speeches have appeared in the Bulletin of Arms Control, the Congressional Record, Defense News, Jane's Defense Weekly, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Journal of Space Law, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, National Review Online, Mondo Economico, Sea Power, and Arizona Alumnus. Ambassador Smith holds a B.A. in government with high distinction from the University of Arizona, a M.S. with distinction from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Government from Harvard University. He earned his Airborne Wings at Fort Benning, Georgia and is retired with the rank of Major from the Air Force Reserve.

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.

Doctor James Norrie

Dr. James Norrie

Dean of School of Business and Justice Studies

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

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Dr. Norrie holds a doctorate from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a master's in adult education and administration from Brock University, and a graduate degree in law with a specialization in technology and the global application of on-line intellectual property rights. Dr. Norrie has nearly 15 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in information technology, management and law.

Dr. Norrie has held senior executive positions in both Canada and the U.S., and was a successful entrepreneur involved in launching, managing and selling technology-based companies that serve markets across North America.

Prior to Utica College, Dr. Norrie was the associate dean, administration at the Ted Rogers School of Management, the largest management school in Canada.

Dr. Norrie has authored or co-authored five books, as well as a number of professional journals and papers and has delivered hundreds of industry presentations. He has presented on topics such as leadership, management, business and government and serves on several boards as a director or advisor.

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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