Doc Blackburn has 16 years of professional, and over 30 years of personal, experience in system and software design, server and network administration and website programming. His interest in computers started in 1982 when he first started programming in DOS on a Texas Instruments TI-99 4a and continued as a dedicated computer hobbyist until he decided to make information technology a full-time career. He ran a successful IT consulting, hosting, and design firm for 12 years until he found his passion was in systems security and compliance. His well-rounded experience includes hardware, software, network design, management, administration, systems security, and compliance. He has vast experience at various levels of information technology from support to management. Recently, he has been heavily involved in the technical design and implementation of NIH approved FISMA compliant information systems. He holds ITIL, CISSP, and GIAC GSEC, GPEN, and GSLC certifications along with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. He is currently the Security Administrator for the University of Colorado Denver.
"In my professional career I have recruited, hired, trained, and mentored many highly technical individuals to excel in their professional development and am excited to do the same as a SANS instructor. I have a blog at http://docblackburn.blogspot.com explaining cyber-security to non-technical users in language and terms they can understand."