Mentors are highly qualified, experienced professionals who make themselves available in your local area to help you learn the course material and get certified. Each Mentor is hand-selected from students that have completed their relevant GIAC certification with scores of 85% or higher.
James has been involved in technology since the mid 80s, and has provided security leadership over the past decade in a variety of environments from education to health care and retail, from medium to large enterprise.
Serge Borso is the owner and principal consultant of SpyderSec and a SANS Community Instructor. He is an active member in the information security community and has consulted with dozens of organizations to improve their security posture. He has previously developed enterprise vulnerability management programs, created security awareness training solutions and worked to implement a transparent biometric security system for over one million unique online banking users to help combat fraudulent transactions. Currently Serge leads penetration testing engagements and is responsible for the vision, strategy and product/service offerings of SpyderSec.
Serge has lead a number of private training events and presents regularly at public speaking engagements; with the SANS Institute he teaches SEC542: Web Application Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. Serge earned his Master's Degree in Computer Systems Security from Colorado Technical University and holds several security certifications including: CISSP, GPEN, GCFA and GWAPT.
Tim Boyles is the Security Administrator for a Dallas based security company. He brings over 19 years of experience in the IT field. He has worked for the U.S. Navy, a network consultancy, and various other industries, always involved in networking and security.He has been involved in security architecture, regulatory compliance, intrusion detection, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, web application security assessments, and uses many security tools over the course of his work.
Mike Cardosa is currently the Assistant Vice President of Information Security and Risk Management at The Church Pension Group. His experience includes information security, systems administration, technical architecture design, and business process engineering. Prior to working at CPG, Mike was a consultant at Accenture where he worked on projects for both the US Department of Treasury and Columbia University. He has multiple GIAC certifications as well as the CISSP. He developed and maintains Winquisitor, an information gathering tool for MS Windows, for which he earned his GCIH Gold certification. Mike holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and a BS from Georgetown University.
Michael A. Curtis (Mike) has over 20 years of experience in the security field and has held several key leadership positions at Rollins, Virtual IT Experts, this.com and BellSouth.net. Additionally, Mike is active in the security community having served as a past member of the Symantec Customer Advisory Board, and is an officer in the Atlanta (ISC)2 Chapter. Mike holds a BSEE, cum laude, from Northeastern University, an MBA from Bentley College and a CISSP.
Jeremy Druin works as an internal pen-tester, incident responder, and defect-remediation expert for a multi-national transportation logistics company. Other responsibilities include web vulnerability assessment operations, setting application and database security standards, creating developer training programs, and teaching developers how to architect, design and write secure applications. Additionally Jeremy develops the open-source Mutillidae 2.x training environment and consults on web-application security topics. As the Director of Education for the Kentuckiana ISSA chapter, Jeremy presents on web application pen-testing and remediation along with operating the "webpwnized" YouTube video channel. Jeremy has a Bachelor in Computer Science from Indiana University and is a GIAC-certified Network/Web Application Pen-Tester and Exploit Developer.
Steve Elovitz is currently a Manager within Mandiant's security consulting team. Mr. Elovitz has a broad range of experience in the industry and has delivered both proactive and reactive services to government and commercial clients. Steve has significant experience in IR, forensics, as well as penetration testing. Steve graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Information Science and holds multiple certifications including: GREM, EnCE, CEH, and CISSP. Throughout his career, Steve has gained experience as a sysadmin, a developer, and as both a red team and blue team analyst.
Jon has worked in Information Technology for over 10 years, and has focused on Information Security for the last 7 years. He is passionate about security, and loves trying to ignite that passion in other people. Jon was a Warrant Officer in the Army Reserve, where he served for over 11 years. He currently maintains the GCIH, CISSP,MCSE: Security and Security+.
Allen Hadder has been in the IT field for over 20 years. Most of his 20 years of experience has been as a consultant for small to enterprise businesses in the financial, retail, and education industries.
Allen currently holds the GIAC GSEC and GCIH certification. In past years he has also earned his MCSE, Cisco CNA, Citrix CEA, and VMware VCP.
He also has a passion for teaching and educating people about information security.
Mike Harris is an Information Technology Cyber Security Professional holding certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP), Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA-Security), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT), and Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA). Mike has additional technical certifications which include Digital Forensics Examiner, Network Protocol Analyst, Project+, Linux+, and A+. Mike will soon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Security. Mike is the founder and former board member of TinkerMill, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge of our kids, adults, businesses, and municipalities in the use of high tech with the incorporation of creativity and art. He is also a Red Team Member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Mike has built a CSIRT from the ground-up, including a secure infrastructure using Linux systems (Red Hat and Ubuntu). Mike has extensive knowledge as a Technology Security Auditor conducting assessments, measuring vulnerabilities, security posture on internal and external networks, and account activities for insider threats and abuse.
Josh Lemon is the Cyber Security Incident Response Team Manager for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and manages one of the largest dedicated incident response teams in the commercial sector in Australia. Josh has over 10 years of experience in the cyber security industry and has previously worked as a managing consult for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence where he managed all technical cyber security services for the Asia Pacific region and oversaw large and complex incident response engagements.
Josh has provided incident response, digital forensics and penetration testing services to Government, Law Enforcement, and the Commercial sector. He is also one of the co-organisers for SecTalks in Sydney, a monthly information security community event dedicated to presenting and teaching technical information security skills to others.
Josh has a varied background in the cyber security industry ranging from; Project Management, Lead Incident Responder, Forensics Analysis, Reverse Engineer, Penetration Testing, Secure Network Design, and Software Development. He currently holds a GCFA, GNFA, GCHI, GPEN and CCNA certification and also guest lectures on Digital Forensics at Universities in Sydney, Australia.
Matthew is currently the
manager of Infrastructure Vulnerability Identification at a Fortune 100 financial services institution. In his role, his team is responsible for rating and scanning for vulnerabilities. In previous roles, Mr. Martin has been responsible for building and running a security metrics program, leading a standards and policy redesign, served as a liaison to internal audit, and was a data in motion and data in use subject matter expert.
Matthew has an MS in International Economics from Valparaiso University and attended MBA school at UNC-Charlotte; as well as completed a certificate course at Harvard University in Leadership Communications. He currently holds the GSLC certification. Find Matthew on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/mattmartin and follow him on Twitter @MattMartinGFT and also at www.betterinfosec.com
Ryan Nicholson has over 14 years of technical experience with 11 of those years in the cybersecurity field. Starting as a DoD intern fiddling with Solaris and Cisco networking, he worked his way up to a team lead position auditing various networks for security compliance of known and emerging threat vectors. Now, as a cybersecurity instructor and technical lead, his focus and passion is on spreading his wealth of knowledge to the community to better posture them for their major roles in cybersecurity. Ryan has obtained the GSLC and has attended several SANS and vendor conference to increase his knowledge in his field of expertise.
Lisa Peterson CISA, CRISC, CISSP has worked in Information Security for 20 years, and is a Security Analyst for Progressive Insurance. Her current focus is in governance, risk and compliance. She is a part-time instructor at Cleveland State University and also speaks on security topics. She serves on the board for the Information Security Summit, the Northeast Ohio chapter of ISACA, and the Northeast Ohio chapter of CSA.
Don has worked in information technology for over 20 years holding certifications including CNE and MCSE. He is GSEC and GCIH certified and anxious to assist anyone looking to further their knowledge of security essentials. Don has worked in the fInancial industry, followed by a brief period in retail, then spent a little over a year working with the founders of a very well known Independent Consultants Exchange. While independently contracting, Don has worked in multiple states on government identity and health related projects. Don now works as a technology specialist leading a small team of government infrastructure specialists. He holds the title of Chief Information Security Officer at a state health department among other duties as assigned. In addition to his work at the state department, Don works part time with a team of dedicated enterprise security professionals managing SIEM deployment.
Chris Robinson graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Computer Science and served over 6 years in the United States Navy. He then began his IT security career as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Chris then attended graduate school full time at San Diego State University earning a M.S. in Computer Science. Following graduation, Chris worked as Computer Scientist for the Navy and was an Adjunct Professor at San Diego?s Mesa Community College.
Chris then transitioned into ICS security and is currently a Senior Security Consultant for Cimation in Houston, TX where he regularly works on ICS cybersecurity projects in the Oil and Gas Industry. Chris has learned first-hand the unique requirements and operational constraints for securing ICS environments. Chris has obtained the CISSP and GICSP certifications and attended several SANS and industry conferences, although the SANS conferences are always the best.
LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisrobinson98/
Steven Romero is a 20-year technical professional with experience in IT operations, ICS engineering, project management, & training. Steven is passionate about information security, and is a strong advocate and beneficiary of the SANS hands-on approach to learning. Please join Steve and thousands of other InfoSec professionals who have advanced their knowledge and career through the SANS training and certification program.
Sean Thomas has over 20 years of Information Technology experience in Higher Education during which he has been involved in various aspects of IT including desktop support, networking, academic systems administration, and Windows & Unix/Linux server administration. For the past several years, Sean has been focused on IT Security and is currently a Senior Information Security Analyst with the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. He was an integral part of the development of the Security Services team at the University. As part of this team, he has led initiatives in support of academic research, student services, and policy development. He has experience with IDS/IPS, firewalls, packet analysis, vulnerability scanning, forensic analysis, and security assessments. Sean is also part of the SANS OnDemand QC team. Sean has a Bachelor of Business Administration in E-Business Technology, has held MCP and RHCT certifications, and currently holds several GIAC certifications including GCED, GCFA, and GCIH.
Charlie Vedaa has more than a decade of security operations and engineering experience. He holds several GIAC certifications, including the prestigious GSE. Charlie has a background in network engineering and has been a CCIE since 2001. He's also presented at top security conferences, including DEF CON, Summercon, and HOPE.
Joe Vest has worked in the information technology industry for over 17 years with a focus on red teaming, penetration testing and application security. As a former technical lead for a DoD red team, he has extensive knowledge of cyber threats and their tools, tactics and techniques, including threat emulation and threat detection. Joe is the co-founder of the security consulting company MINIS LLC, providing innovative solutions for the mitigation against an ever-changing cyber threat. As a leading security professional, he has achieved numerous security certifications: OSCP, CISSP-ISSMP, CISA, GPEN, GCIH, GWAPT, CEH, Security+
Jim Voorhees was named MSISM Program Director of SANS Technology Institute (STI) in November 2011. A graduate of STI, Dr. Voorhees has had a varied career in government and private industry. He earned his Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies after earning degrees in International Affairs from the George Washington University and working on the editorial staff of the International Food Policy Research Institute. After writing a book for the Kettering Foundation (Dialogue Sustained) and experience with Kettering, the Congressional Research Service, and IREX, Dr. Voorhees entered the IT industry as a technical writer, he quickly moved on to systems administration, then IT security and SANS. He has worked on security at several government agencies, including the FBI and the IRS, and currently works for Sage Management as a Network Security Engineer on a DOD contract.