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.

Paul Keener Academic Coordinator and Adjunct Professor Read More

Paul Keener

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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Mark Heckman, Ph.D. Professor of Practice Read More

Mark Heckman, Ph.D.

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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Penelope Brooks, PhD Adjunct Professor Read More

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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Donald Beidermann Adjunct Professor Read More

Donald Beidermann

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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Michael Decker Adjunct Professor Read More

Michael Decker

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).

Doug Magedman Adjunct Professor Read More

Doug Magedman

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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Jack McCready, P.h.D Adjunct Professor Read More

Jack McCready, P.h.D

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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Michelle Moore, PhD Adjunct Professor Read More

Michelle Moore, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Dr. Michelle Moore has worked in the Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Security field for over 20 years in both government and commercial sectors. Currently she works for the Department of the Navy, Headquarters Marine Corps as the lead Cyber Security Analyst in Disaster Recovery, Physical Security, and Policy. Dr. Moore received her undergraduate in International Business (BS), Master’s in Management Information Systems (MIS), and PhD in Public Policy Administration concentration in Homeland Security. She has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels for almost 8 years. Her research interests are cyber security, cyber-crime/terrorism, forensics, technology and law, risk management, and policy.

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Ashton Mozano, J.D. Adjunct Professor Read More

Ashton Mozano, J.D.

Faculty

Degree Program

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

Professor Mozano has over two decades of experience in Information Technology (IT), Cyber, and Information Security (InfoSec), having delved into cyberspace at a young age. As the technical lead in Advanced Cyber Science & Technology (S&T), Mobile Security, and Cloud Security-as-a-Service efforts, as well as the Principal Systems Engineer, Senior Subject Matter Expert, Project Manager, and Program Director at a number of Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, he has provided subject matter expertise in architecture, system design, software development, testing, reverse-engineering, and exploit development. Moreover, he has collaborated with and led Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) engineering and acquisition initiatives in the area of cyberspace operations for the Department of Defense (DoD). A coder and tinkerer by passion, his recent focus has been on developing autonomous cyber reasoning systems, as well as exploring unconventional solutions to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security challenges.

Professor Mozano holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Microbiology (emphasis on molecular biology and genetic engineering), Management Science & Information Systems (MSIS), Operations Research & Industrial Engineering (ORIE), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and Jurisprudence Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and the University of San Diego—School of Law, respectively, in addition to having studied international business and management at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He is also a US Navy Reserve Officer, an experienced litigator, an avid traveler, a passionate instructor with experience teaching at UCSD, UT Austin, California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), and Chapman University, and a lifelong student of art, science, and engineering.

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Brad Palm Adjunct Professor Read More

Brad Palm

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Brad Palm is a Lead Network Analyst for the Department of Defense working in the cybersecurity and network efficiency domains. He focuses on network capture and analysis for tactical and enterprise networks, testing emerging technologies and devices for the DoD, and utilizing captured traffic to influence test scenarios so that they better represent typical network traffic profiles for developmental testing phases. Brad has completed in-depth vendor comparisons for Wide Area Network optimization devices, supported Tier1-level programs in troubleshooting and optimization tasks, deployed in support of tactical units to provide network analysis, and conducted cyber testing for numerous programs. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters of Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. His professional interests include contributing to the Wireshark network analysis community, tinkering with open source virtualization/container/provisioning technologies, learning about software defined and mesh networking, and increasing the usability of secure communication platforms to facilitate wide scale adoption.

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