Our talented and experienced faculty members are some of our greatest resources.

The faculty for the MS in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership program are experienced instructor practitioners, who hold advanced degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, and Information Assurance/Cyber Security.  All of the instructors have extensive industry experience in working in contested cyber environments to mitigate advanced persistent threats.  Many have developed solutions for high stakes systems that protect the lives and prosperity of the nation, and have been recognized as pioneers and leaders in the domain.

Michelle Moore, PHD Academic Director and
Professor of Practice
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Michelle Moore, PHD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

With over two decades of experience as a cyber security expert, and almost ten years of experience as an educator, Dr. Moore’s work supports both national and international defensive cyber strategies. Within the field of technology, she specializes in governance policies, disaster recovery protocols, physical security defenses, and academic matters relating to the protection of critical infrastructure that supports the interests of the nation’s defensive posture in cyberspace. As an educator, Dr. Moore has a broad range of instructional experience on the subjects of business, management, and cyber security at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with various universities.

Professor Moore is a current instructor in the program. She is also a researcher, cyber security policy analyst, and an author in the areas of cyber security doctrine and globally dispersed enterprise governance. Throughout her career Dr. Moore has supported multiple organizations as a government contractor and as a civilian government employee. These include Northrop Grumman, SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, and MCI WorldCom. She currently supports the United States Marine Corps Headquarters Office, where she leads the Contingency Planning and Physical Security efforts for cyberspace. She also sits on the National Security Agency (NSA) TEMPEST Advisory Group as the primary representative for the Marine Corps.

Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security, a Master’s degree in the Management of Information Systems, and an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Her research topics are dedicated to the ongoing progression of cyber security, cyber law, cybercrime, national & international cyber policy, and disaster recovery efforts.

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Danny T. Barnes, D.Sc. Adjunct Professor Read More

Danny T. Barnes, D.Sc.

Adjunct Professor

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Danny T. Barnes is a professor of Cyber Security, Data Science, CIS and Mathematics while serving as a Cyber Security/IT Consultant for a few small businesses.

Former Navy Lieutenant Commander O-4, Barnes was born in Hahira, GA on December 27, 1964 and grew up in Lakeland, GA. He attended Berrien County High school in Nashville, GA and enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate in April 1982.

Once enlisted in the Navy, he was selected for the Broaden Opportunities for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program. During this program, he earned a Naval ROTC scholarship to Hampton University. Barnes major was Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Nuclear Engineering. His received a commission in the Navy as an Ensign in May 1988.

In August 1988, Barnes was transferred to San Diego, CA, was stationed aboard several different vessels, and deployed to various places in the southern Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm. After three years in California, he was transferred to Norfolk, VA in 1992; Barnes was then stationed aboard another vessel and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Somalia, and back to the Persian Gulf. During that last tour, he applied to Hampton University for a graduate program in mathematics. In January of 1994, he began the graduate program in applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Aero-dynamics. He was a graduate assistant, student instructor, and research student in the CFD Branch of NASA Langley while working on his Master’s degree.

Barnes completed the MS program in December 1995 and became a Navy Cryptologist. In June 1999, he was transferred to Naval Security Group Activity Fort Meade as a Cryptologic Mathematician and began teaching at UMUC and the Census Corporate University. In March 2001, he was medically discharged from the Navy and took a break from work until 9/11. In September 2001, Barnes began working in the defense industry. In 2007, he earned a Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Systems and Communications. He has taught and managed in various academic institutions, industry and the federal government sector.

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Mark Heckman, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Mark Heckman has worked in the field of information security for over 30 years as an engineer, researcher, practitioner, and educator. His wide-ranging career has spanned many areas of information security, including research and development of very high-assurance, multi-level secure systems for use in government and the military, research and development of intrusion detection and security event management systems, and general IT security and compliance for commercial organizations in the financial and health industries. Heckman earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at the University of California, Davis and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is currently a Professor of Practice and teaches in the Cyber Security Engineering and Technology program at the University of San Diego.

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Donald Beidermann, M.S. Adjunct Professor Read More

Donald Beidermann, M.S.

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Don Biedermann joined the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology as an adjunct professor in August 2016. A retired United States Marine Corps Communications and Information Technology Officer, Biedermann now works for the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Program Manager and the West Coast Cyber Security Lead. He supports the Navy’s Information Assurance Technical Authority (IATA) within the US Naval Space and Warfare System Command (SPAWAR). Biedermann has been working communications and information technology, along with communications and information security for over three decades. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Economics for the University of Southern California, Biedermann was commissioned and started his career as a Communications Officer. As information technology grew, Biedermann transitioned to computer systems management and ultimately became the Chief Information Officer for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the Marine Corps base at 29 Palms, California. Upon joining SAIC after retirement, Biedermann was placed in the Navy and Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) program with SPAWAR, where he worked as part of the Navy team implementing the huge network. His transition to information assurance and cyber security over 15 year ago was a natural move with his background in communication and information security. Biedermann obtained his Master’s degree in Information Technology and Cyber Security with distinction. He is a Program Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO). Biedermann brings with him a deep expertise in Information Technology Operations and Management, Personnel Management, Cyber Security Operations and Management, Systems Engineering, and Program Management.

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Penelope Brooks, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Penelope is a proud veteran, with Air Force (AF) jobs ranging from programming to enterprise-level policy writing. After 12 years in the AF, she held key management positions at several large, public companies. Penelope’s collegiate career began at the University of Maine, graduating with a BA in Computer Science. While in the AF, she was selected for full-time graduate school twice, for her MS in Computer Science at the AF Institute of Technology and then for her PhD at the University of Maryland. Penelope’s research in GUI testing has been extended to web and vulnerability testing, and has other applications as well.

Penelope’s forté is Project Management. Early in her career, she led complex scheduling and coordination involving multiple organizations and hundreds of employees. Having a mix of technical and management skills, Penelope is a successful Project Manager in a technical domain.

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Michael Decker, M.S.

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Michael Decker has diverse cyber security expertise that includes international penetration testing, embedded software programming, and security engineering. He was the lead programmer for a nuclear materials monitoring safeguards device used by the IAEA, and has extensive enterprise applications encryption expertise with SSH and SSL. Mike is currently a security engineer with ViaSat, focusing on strengthening enterprise defenses, threat hunting, and penetration testing. He earned his Master’s degree in Information Security and Assurance from Western Governor’s University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Computer Science from University of New Mexico. He holds multiple professional certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC certified penetration tester, and forensics analyst (GPEN and GCFA).

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Ron Fulton

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Ron Fulton is a senior consultant, speaker, instructor and certified APMG trainer focused on cybersecurity, data privacy and protection, information security, cloud technologies, application security and data lifecycle management, risk management modeling, IoT/IIoT and Blockchain, DR/BCP, and training methodologies.

Ron enjoys a global career spanning over 25 years supporting information security operations, critical infrastructure and enterprises in State and Federal markets, the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in addition to private sector Telecommunications, Healthcare, Biotech, Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical industries. His professional expertise includes business strategy, data analytics, information systems audit, regulatory compliance, project/program management, agile development and DevSecOps, security operations, computer forensics and cybersecurity disciplines.

Mr. Fulton has an undergraduate degree in Computer Technology, an MBA with a concentration in Finance as well as a Master’s degree, MAS, in Public Safety – International Terrorism. He also has earned numerous industry certifications including Certified Chief Information Security Officer – C|CISO and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator – C|HFI, Certified Ethical Hacker – C|EH, Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Blockchain Professional – C|BP, Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and agile Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and ACP credentials along with a Master Certificate in ITIL Service Management. He maintains active memberships in ISACA, the Project Management Institute (PMI), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC²), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), DRI International (DRII) and SANS.

 

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Doug Magedman, M.S. Adjunct Professor Read More

Doug Magedman, M.S.

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Doug Magedman joined the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology as an adjunct professor in January 2016. As a retired US Naval Officer and current civilian engineer with the US Naval Space and Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Magedman has been working with IT Systems Development and Acquisition within the Office of the Chief Engineer for nearly a decade. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Magedman was commissioned and started his career as a US Navy Pilot. After thirteen years in the cockpit he transitioned into Operations Research and Human Systems Integration receiving a Masters from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He spent the remainder of his career and where he continues today working with IT-related programs and engineering teams in all aspects of systems of system engineering to include cyber security. In the meantime, he has earned several awards for his work in addition to a Masters in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity with distinction and near completion of another Masters in Management and Information Systems. Magedman brings with him a wide range of applied IT engineering experience with specializations encompassing Systems Engineering, System of Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interface Design, Systems Safety Engineering, Manpower, Personnel, and Training in addition to Cybersecurity.

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Paul Keener, M.S. Adjunct Professor Read More

Paul Keener, M.S.

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Paul Keener worked in the field of cyber security for the last 17 years. As a United States Marine Communications Officer, he has years of experience developing and leading cyber penetration teams within the Department of Defense. During his career as a Marine, he has led the Marine Corps Red Team; taught the data network package for the Basic Communications Officer Course; and planned for large, secure deployed networks in often austere, unforgiving environments. His most recent job within the Marine Corps was as the Cyber Developmental Test and Evaluation Lead for MCTSSA (Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity), where he led the development of an advanced adversarial cyber testing capability. The team that he led focused at the nation-state level on exposing the specific, exploitable vulnerabilities within Marine Corps Command and Control systems.

He has a passion for creating life-long students in the art of cyber warfare and most of his career as a Marine has been focused on the training and development of cyber professionals. Recently retired from the Marine Corps, he now works for ViaSat, leading their Red Team and Cyber Threat Hunting efforts. Paul has a Bachelors in Political Science from UC San Diego and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He is married and has two children.

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Jack McCready, PhD Adjunct Professor Read More

Jack McCready, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Dr. McCready has 40 years in the Scientific and Engineering community providing research, development, evaluation and successful product transition/implementation. He has spent the last 25 years at the U.S. Coast Guard’s (CG) Research & Development Center as the Division Director responsible for all research relating to C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers/Cyber and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) as well as the Director for Strategic Analysis & Business Development.

Over the course of his years his expertise spans multiple areas. He is an expert in Maritime Operations covering Maritime Stewardship, Maritime Security (Founding member of the CG Special Forces), and Maritime Search & Rescue. His technical experience includes maritime communications (shore, surface, underwater, airborne, and space-based), sensing systems (Acoustic Visual, IR, and RF), IT/Cyber, Counter Narcotics & Counter Terrorism, non-lethal weaponry as well as CBRNE technology. He has specific expertise in defining and developing research plans addressing cyber issues affecting the Maritime Transportation System (MTS). Complimenting his knowledge and expertise with cyber, Dr. McCready has both the practical experience of identifying, matching, and delivering new capabilities from industry and academia as ready-made products for immediate use by CG.

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