Last Day to Save $400 on SANS Baltimore Spring 2017

Mentor: Bios


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 Arndt has been to numerous SANS training events and would like to share his knowledge gained with you. With his passion for security and years of classroom experience, you will gain practical knowledge and skills to take back to your company. James is a Security Engineer at the American Transmission Company based in the Milwaukee area. There he focuses on access management, vulnerability management, and reverse engineering whatever malware or malicious document comes his way. You might also find James hanging out with his family, playing guitar, or tinkering around in his basement lab.
 

Chris is a Director in IT Security at GlaxoSmithKline where he leads the services that deliver the IT controls that protect the company's network, servers, web and mobile applications, and data. He has led many incident response and vulnerability remediation efforts and has been working for over 20 years in the healthcare industry to promote information protection and IT security. He knows that striking the best balance between security and usability depends on having a clear understanding of the risks that vulnerabilities and threats pose to the business and being able to articulate those risks to senior business leaders. Chris earned his MBA from Drexel University with concentrations in both Management Information Systems and Corporate Finance and holds several professional and security certifications including GPEN, CISM, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Chris is an active member of the infosec community and looks for every opportunity to both learn and encourage others to gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating and often intimidating world of information security. He regularly takes part in security training, conferences such as Shmoocon and BSides, and capture-the-flag challenges to apply and grow his skills and understanding.

David Bernal Michelena holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since June 2015 he serves as a cyber security researcher in Cyber Security Group in Scitum, a large consultant company in Mexico and Latin America. David's main activities are malware analysis, cyber threat intelligence, digital forensics and writing yara and snort rules to detect those threats and protect customers. David also performs ethical offensive activities and writes custom tools that are used in controlled environments to verify that security products do what they claim to do. 
From July 2013 to June 2015 David was a member of Security Events team at Alstom, a large company in energy and transport solutions protecting the endpoint environment of about 90,000 hosts distributed worldwide. In his time in Alstom his main activities were incident response, malware analysis and remediation, forensic analysis, IPS/IDS and SIEM management.
Formerly he served as a Senior Computer Forensic Analyst at Scitum from July 2011 to July 2013. His main activities there were evidence acquisition, analysis, preservation, incident response, log analysis and results reporting to Scitum's customers. In Scitum he had the opportunity to work in challenging projects for Mexican private and public institutions, including large Banks and other large government clients.
From August 2009 to July 2011 he worked as a forensic analyst and incident handler in UNAM Computer Emergency Response Team, which is the first CERT to be created in Mexico. David is GREM, GCFA, GCFE and Access Data certified. He likes programming in several languages and is a command line lover in LINUX and Windows as well.
On his free time, he likes to swim and play the piano.

Raluca is an experienced Information Security and Privacy specialist, holding a Master Degree in IT Security, and several industry recognized certifications: GSEC, CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CISA, CIPT and PMP. With her employer, Raluca is heavily involved in various cyber security initiatives, leading information risk assessments, supporting the application security program, participating in the development of security architecture patterns for new platforms and technologies. Raluca is also a former Computer Science teacher, with 10+ teaching experience. Raluca is a believer in continuing education, so when she is not studying for a new certification or a new skill, she loves helping others learn and having again the opportunity to teach!

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.

Cuong Dinh is the Incident Response Lead at CH2M Hill, Inc. His expertise ranges from Vulnerability Management, Intrusion Detection and Analysis, Incident Response, Digital Forensic Analysis and Investigation, Malware Analysis, to Web Application and Network Penetration Testing. Cuong holds multiple GIAC certifications including: GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GCFA, and GWAPT, along with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information System from Metro State University of Denver and a Master's degree in Management Information System from University of Colorado Denver. Throughout his career Cuong has had the opportunity to implement many security programs and technologies including Encryption, User Awareness program, Vulnerability Management, IPS/IDS systems, Incident Response program, Malware Sandbox and Analysis, etc. Cuong enjoys sharing knowledge and giving back to the community.

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: GPEN, 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. 

Craig Galley is an Information Technology Professional with accomplished work experience in the Security industry since 2001.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science from the University of North Florida.  Early in his career, he was responsible for deployment and management of network prevention controls for a private sector organization.

Craig's career focus shifted exclusively to application development with a desire to lead secure coding best practices while chaired on Information Security Steering committees and managing large development projects and teams.  

Craig's certifications include GSEC, GISP, CISSP and CSSLP.  In his current role as an Information Security Officer, Craig manages and directs an Information Security Program in the public sector.  He is also active in Information Security groups, with volunteer experience as a Vice President.

Matt got his start in the technology field by joining the US Army and serving as a satellite terminal operator for 5 years. Afterward he worked briefly as a technical support technician for a firewall manufacturer, then as a network engineer for a SATCOM contractor. He now works as an information systems engineer/security engineer for the same SATCOM contractor. He is passionate about using technology for good and educating technical and non-technical people about infosec issues.

Charles Gifford (Chazz) is a recognized expert within cybersecurity and has been working in the information technology and security field since 1997. Over the course of his career, Chazz has held various technical and leadership positions within the Aerospace and Manufacturing Industry. Chazz currently leads a Global Security and Risk Team for a fortune 500 company that spans everything region. Chazzs latest scholastic achievement is graduating with honors from the University of Maryland University College in the Masters of Science in Information Technology focused in Information Assurance. Chazz has specialized in mentoring, metrics and measuring effectiveness of security teams throughout the last 5 years of experience.

Edward Hansen has over 19 years of experience in technology and security fields. For the last 5 years Edwards security interests have focused on information security for the US Army, serving as Information Assurance Manager and Systems administrator while in Korea to his most recent assignment as the Network security Manager for the Division. Edward started his technology career in the US Navy training as a Sonar Technician in 1997. While in the Navy he held positions in database management, network administration, curriculum development, and Instructor. Developing test banks, managing the distributed testing environment while instructing. While serving at the Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Edward Hansen earned the Navy designation of Master Training Specialist through demonstration of exceptional instructional ability. Edward holds the GIAC GSEC, GCED, GCIH, GPYC, CompTIA Security + and CompTIA Network +, and most recently was awarded ISC2 Associate after passing the CISSP. During his off time he likes to experiment with security onion, and other security tools on his home network, continually seeking to improve his knowledge and skills within the information security field.

Shane Harsch is an information security professional with over 25 years of experience ranging from military to manufacturing to security consulting and professional services. He has managed and architected SOCs for the military and managed service providers. Shane is a commissioned officer in the US Army with a Masters in Business (MBA), and maintains the following certifications: intrusion analyst (GCIA), incident handling (GCIH), enterprise defense (GCED), and information security (CISSP). Shane is currently with RSA as a Senior Solution Success Manager.

Some additional background:

His soft skills are founded in theater, music, and foreign languages, all cultivated while living in Germany. Additionally, Shane spent 12 years in the US Army, receiving a commission and attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, experience which has served him well as a leader, mentor, and team member. Shane enjoys skiing, fiction of all kinds, and is an active designer and writer in the tabletop gaming industry.

Matt Helin has over 10 years experience in the IT and data communications field. He is a former network and systems engineer who has shifted his primary focus to all things information security for the past few years. He holds the CISSP and GCIH certifications and currently works in the information security department for a high profile e-commerce company. Matt is excited to mentor SEC 504 because it is generally a person's first exposure to common hacking tools. Witnessing first hand how systems are breached can be amazing, alarming, and eye opening.

Russell Isaacs is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Chief Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard with more than 17 years active duty experience. Mr. Isaacs serves as a Information Protection/Network Defense Technician (255S) for the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and is the Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Information Assurance / Network Defense (IA/ND) Cell for one of the U.S. Army?s Warfighter Information Tactical Enterprise Network?s (WIN-T). Mr. Isaacs is also the WIN-T Information Assurance Program Manager for the 50th IBCT responsible for coordinating and developing the IA Program requirements to reduce risk, improve security, achieve compliance and provide an Educated Suspicious Posture on a Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN/WIN-T). 

Mr. Isaacs is New Jersey's lead Cyber instructor for the State Partnership Program (SPP) that assist's a partnered NATO nation in developing a capable Information Assurance military workforce by coaching, teaching and mentoring their Ministry Of Defense sectors in the area of Cyber Risk Management, Risk Assessment and Incident Response.  This strengthens the collective international Information Assurance and Cyber Defense posture for partner/coalition nations within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Mr. Isaacs holds a Bachelor's of Science in Information Systems Security, Certifications include GSEC, GNFA, GSNA, GCFA, GCIH, GCIA, GCWN, GPEN, GREM, CISSP, CCNA, C|EH, MCSA, MCP, SEC+, NET+ and many other SANS and military related certs and training. Mr. Isaacs is a recipient of the Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarship and is enrolled in training to receive Cisco's CCNA CyberOps certification.

From load FILENAME,8,1...to the Start button... to touch interfaces, technology has been a constant companion (and sometimes obsession) for Cliff.

Cliff's professional career started 18+ years ago as a help desk analyst supporting mainframes and dial-up internet. He progressed through desktop support, desktop management and server administration and joined the security team in late 2008. The wide diversity of topics in security has Cliff thirsting for knowledge like he was a teenager again.

Cliff currently holds CISSP, CISM, GPEN, GCIH, GWAPT, GXPN, OSCP, MCSA and Security+ certifications. 

Occasionally (read rarely), Cliff will add something mildly informative to somethingsomethingsecurity.com.

Shawn has over 17 years in the field of IT and 10 specifically in an Information Security role. Currently Shawn has taken a position as the Information Security Officer at the University of California School of Medicine. In this role Shawn is responsible for building a robust security program to meet the needs of both educational and healthcare requirements. His responsibility is to implement the policies, standards and procedures to build the framework for this security program. Once the framework is in place his responsibilities also deal with building a security team and implementing technologies and best practices to support this security program. Throughout his career Shawn has had the opportunity to implement many security programs and technologies including encryption, next generation firewalls, IPS/IDS systems, vulnerability management and data loss prevention. Shawn holds many industry certifications including the well known CISSP, GSEC and GCCC. Shawn is always continuing his education and will be taking many more SANS and other security courses. Shawn is excited to have the opportunity to get more in touch with the individuals that are in the security industry near him. He looks forward to being able to pass along some of his experiences and lend a helping hand to the next generation of security professionals.

As an information security professional, Azeem has accrued years of experience in security engineering, incident response, digital forensics and vulnerability management. A firm believer in ongoing education, he works hard to keep his base of knowledge current and up to date. Although he holds accreditations from such industry leaders as GIAC, ISC2 and Access Data already, he is constantly looking for ways to learn more and to gain a better understanding of his field, attending and volunteering at conferences such as Shmoocon and Blackhat.

Azeem is a natural people person who connects easily with people from all backgrounds. He enjoys working with and mentoring people who are motivated to the same extent that he is, and he takes real pleasure in discussing the security field. A strong advocate for continued progress in the security field, he speaks eloquently and listens closely, knowing that there is always something for him to learn and share.

Azeem looks forward to serving as a mentor as a way to provide value to the community that has become so much like home to him over the years.

Bill has a Bachelor?s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama Birmingham and a Master's of Science in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Currently he is working on his Masters of Science in Information Security Engineering through SANS Technical Institute and has numerous certifications through SANS.  Bill began his career in computer technology in the early 1990's while working at the University of Alabama Birmingham. There, he learned many of the widespread platforms and operating systems, employing computer troubleshooting and virus removal skills. He has been employed with Northrop Grumman for 17 years, during which he has performed several roles including desktop support, client engineering, systems engineering, and most recently information security.

Kory started his career as a controls engineer developing custom control logic and HMI interfaces for a machine automation company from 2001 to 2008. All machines were designed, manufactured and commissioned in house for the customers specific and unique needs. This also included basic networking, operating system configuration and deployment, and database design (but the world was much simpler then or was it with no Plug and Play functionality?). In 2008, Kory transitioned to the power industry working as a project engineer in controls for a period, working on DCS, PLC, HMI and SCADA systems for small to medium sized projects. Following that, moved into the reliability engineering department ensuring the uptime and reliability of the plant equipment and executing enhancement of the cyber security systems for NERC compliance. He transitioned after that to the Manager of Industrial Controls position, which is currently held today, leading the group of engineers and other professionals in all aspects of the industrial controls systems for the fleet of assets. Following events such as Stuxnet, BlackEnergy and others, cyber security of the controls systems have become paramount and forms the bulk of day to day activities.

Travis Lee is the Director of Penetration Testing at AppSec Consulting with over 11 years of experience in Information Security, Network and System Administration, and System Architecture. He has expertise in many areas including network and web application penetration testing, mobile and client application penetration testing, security management and operations, vulnerability research, cyber-physical systems, and conducting technical training. He has discovered and responsibly disclosed numerous vulnerabilities in commercial software, web applications, and cyber-physical control systems.

Travis is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and holds numerous professional certifications including the prestigious GSE, OSCE, OSCP, GXPN, GREM, GPEN, GCIA, GCIH, GCFA, GSNA, GSEC, CISSP, and MCSA. Additionally, Travis has achieved the distinctive title of SANS Cyber Guardian (Red Team). Travis is also a Cyber Warfare Officer for the Air National Guard and part of a leading, nationally recognized Cyber Operations unit that conducts worldwide, full spectrum network security operations to improve the DoD Global Information Grid and the Air Force's network security posture. Prior to joining AppSec, Travis worked in the utilities industry and higher education.

Twitter: @eelsivart

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travisklee?

Vincent LeVeque is a Business Information Security Officer for American International Group (AIG), a global financial services company. Vincent teaches information security classes for UCLA Extension. He is the author of the book, Information Security: A Strategic Approach, published by IEEE/Wiley. Vincent received his Masters of Science degree in computer science specializing in information security from James Madison University, one of the first programs certified as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in information security.

Roy Luongo is a cyber professional with over 15 years experience. As a CNO operator, Roy has performed offensive cyber operations and adversary emulation for the federal government for many years. He served as a technical director for interactive operations and the Chief, NSA Red Team. As a SME for the United States Army and the Department of Defense(DOD) he has developed thousands of cyber professionals through direct training and workforce design used throughout the DOD and other Federal organizations. Mr. Luongo holds two Masters Degrees in Information Management and Cyber Security Additionally, he holds CISSP, GCIH, GPEN, GXPN, GAWN, and GMOB certifications. He has worked with local high schools to mentor teams to the final rounds of both the Cyber Patriot and Maryland Cyber Competitions and is an avid promoter of cyber skills in middle and high school curriculums. Mr. Luongo has also served as a member of the Center of Academic Excellence, Cyber for the Department of Defense, working with Universities and Colleges to expend curriculums and degree programs in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense. Roy enjoys working with like-minded individuals and mentoring for the SANS Institute, allows him to experience the growth of cyber in a small group collaborative setting. Mentorship allows him to give back to a community that has given him so much.
Mr. Manley has been working in the cyber threat intelligence/counterintelligence space since there was such a thing! His primary employment in cyber threat intelligence has been with the US Navy beginning in 1998 as a US Navy Reserve Officer, and beginning full time employment as a Navy civilian in 2005. Mr. Manley holds a BS in Systems, (Computer) Science, an MS in Data Analytics Engineering, CISSP, and is pursuing GIAC GSE in order to better manage his six GIAC certifications.
Ken May is the CEO and co-owner of Swift Chip, a full service IT firm servicing all of Southern California. Hes been a resident of Ventura since 1999, is married to his wife Debbie, and has 3 daughters and a son. He has a Masters Degree from SBCOM, a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and has written 3 books and numerous articles. He has been Voted Top Channel Influencer of the SMBnation 150, and carries numerous certifications from HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Dell and more. Recently, he was chosen by his peers to be elected to the CompTIA Managed IT Services Community Executive Council, where he will directly influence the education and guidance of their international IT community. Ken is also a Commissioner for the City of Ventura, CA, where he works to help promote the Arts in his community. He enjoys music, martial arts, movies and SCUBA diving. Mr. May strongly believes that it is important to be actively involved in the community, and that one should always try to keep the Big Picture and long term goals in mind when solving immediate-need issues, whether it be in business, community or ones personal life.
Yas Richardson is an active duty service member with over 15 years of IT experience. He currently serves in the Army's Cyber Branch and specializes in incident handling, intrusion analysis, windows security and network auditing. He has spent the past 4 years assessing and defending IT Security for Army research and development projects and directorates. Yas earned a Masters of Science in Information Assurance and Security and the following GIAC Certifications GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GCWN, GPEN and GSNA certifications, as well as CISSP and other IT certifications.

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.

Francisco holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering, from Nova University, in Lisbon, since 2011. A military official, Francisco was promoted to Major in 2010. Currently employed at the Armys Geographical Institute, Francisco was promoted twice within the last three years and is now responsible for the IT Department. He is an extremely dedicated and hard-working individual, passionate about his work. Francisco has continuously been broadening his knowledge and skills in the information security area, having completed several certifications in this field: a)Certified Linux Administrator; b)Curso Cisco Certified Network Associate (by Academy); c)Curso Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (by Academy); d)Check Point Certified Security Administrator; e)Tenable Certified Nessus Auditor; f)Tenable Certified Nessus User; g)GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).
Dmitriy Sokolovskiy entered the Information Technology field in 1999 and throughout the years gained experience in multiple fields, including Windows and Unix server administration, NOC and SOC operations, large scale security projects and live incident response and remediation for some of the largest breaches in US history. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional and a GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender. Dmitriy had a first hand experience with the incredible lack of knowledgeable and experienced information security professionals in the IT and wanted to utilize his skills and experience to help close this gap.

Austin Taylor is a cybersecurity enthusiast with a passion for continuous monitoring and hunt capability. With over 11 years in the industry, his expertise includes incident response, networking, data science and penetration testing. Austin has won numerous capture the flag events, including SANS Netwars. In his off time, he teaches programming and conducts training at conferences. He is the co-author to "Crash Course in Data Science for Hackers" which is taught annually at Blackhat. Austin currently serves as a Cyber Warfare Operator for the Air National Guard and works at IronNet Cybersecurity as a Senior Security Researcher. Austin holds multiple industry certifications including CISSP, GMON, GCCC, GCIA, GCIH, GCPM, GSEC, GPEN, CEH, VCP, CCNA:Security. 
Blog: www.austintaylor.io

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.

Tom Webb has 9 years of experience in IT Administration and Security. Tom started his career working for state law enforcement where he was responsible for network design, implementation and security. He is currently employed with the University of South Carolina as an Information Security Officer where his primary role includes: Lead Incident Handler and Forensic investigations, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Management, and Risk Assessments. In these roles, Tom has worked extensively with a variety of operating systems and tools, such as Novell Netware, Linux, OS X, Snort, Juniper, Cisco, Checkpoint, and numerous open source forensic and incident response tools.

Tom has a B.S in Information Management from the University of South Carolina. He holds various certification including: GIAC Certified Incident Handling (GCIH), GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks(GAWN), GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jonathan Wyatt is current assigned to I Marine expeditionary Force as a Defensive Cyberspace Operations planner and instructor. From 2011 to 2015, he served at Marine Forces Cyberspace Command as a senior Cyberspace Operator and Planner responsible for assisting in the defense of the global Marine Corps Enterprise Network.