As SecureStates Incident Response Manager, John Melvin leads a Team skilled in information security readiness and response. Under Johns steady guidance, the Team prepares clients for security threat events, controls and limits clients exposure to risks, and build clients response capabilities. The objective thinker in him adeptly provides proactive security benchmarks and active intrusion analysis, dissection, and eradication. He focuses much of his expertise on providing business hardening techniques and layered-defense strategies for operating systems, databases, Web servers, and Web services; and on providing a detailed risk assessment of potential data exposures within organizations. Johns primary intent is to ensure businesses can foster cooperation and dedication regarding information assurance and security, and deploy the ability to counter, identify, and eradicate targeted threats against resources, infrastructure, and applications. For over 12 years John has been a senior analyst and project manager for incident handling techniques, security assessments, response, reverse engineering analysis, and forensic investigations. Prior to SecureState, he was the lead incident responder for the United States Air Force (USAF), providing handling tactics, procedures, and the overall authority for how the USAF responded to and pursued incidents and attackers. In his role as Lead Analyst within the USAF Computer Emergency Response Team (AFCERT), John provided intrusion detection for all (AF) assets worldwide. John maintains some of the toughest certifications around: the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) in Incident Handling/hacker exploits (GCIH), the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Intrusion detection and Analysis (GCIA), and Forensic Analyst (GCFA). John is excited to mentor these courses to teach the skills required for real world incident management, response and dissection, and evidence collection and handling.