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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 is a Cybersecurity Engineer for American Transmission Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He focuses on dissecting whatever malicious email, documents, URLs, and executables come across his way. Besides incident response, he has his hands in endpoint security, vulnerability management, and access management.

James has spoken at various local and national conferences on topics such as incident response and reverse engineering. He has sucessfully taught SEC401 Security Essentials and SEC504 Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling. You might also find James running after his four kids, playing guitar, or tinkering around in his basement lab.

Craig Bowser is an ardent and dedicated infosec professional with 19 years of experience in the field. He began his career in the Air Force as a communications officer where he began as a system administrator, then was assigned as an IT specialist leading teams performing network optimization and troubleshooting. His final assignment was as a network security team lead. After separating, he worked as an Information Security Manager, Security Engineer, Security Analyst and Information System Security Officer with the DOJ, then DOD, and currently is with the Dept of Energy where he is one of the Senior Security Engineers.

He has spoken at various security conferences such as BSidesDC, BSidesCharm, DerbyCon and multiple SANS events such as the SOC and the SIEM Summits. He hold multiple certifications from SANS (GSEC, GCED, GCDA) as well as the CISSP from ISC2.

Craig has an Electrical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is active with local infosec groups such as NOVA Hackers where he has given multiple presentations and maintains a blog at www.shadowtrackers.net/blog.

He is a Christian, Father, Husband, Geek, and Scout Leader who enjoys woodworking, sci-fi fantasy, home networking, tinkering with electronics, reading, and hiking. And he has a to do list that is longer the time to do slots that are open.

Duane Isaacs is an IT veteran with over 23 years of experience who began his career as a Computer Repair Technician at a local computer store and evolved into his current role as a Web Application Security Analyst for one of the top corporations specializing in Software as a Service (SaaS). His background includes over 10 years of development and implementing complex infrastructures and technical solutions for industry leaders, IT Management, server and network administration, network architecture, network security, security policy development, adoption and direction setting in accordance with regulatory compliance and industry standards. He currently holds the GWAPT certification. Duane is enthusiastic about all areas of information technology, with focus on automation and information security. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation to help others achieve their IT-related educational goals and expand his mastery into new security arenas.

William has been passionate about computers and their security since being introduced to them as a young teen. Early on he knew that he wanted to be working in information security. He began his education as network engineer at a vocational technology school while still in high school. After graduation he started an Information Assurance and Forensics Bachelor's degree at an NSA Center of Academic Excellence.

William has a decade and a half of experience within the field of information security. He has supported a fortune 5 company as a security engineer, supported many government and commercial customers in various roles within a Security Operations Center (including Incident Response analyst, DMA Lead and SOC Manager) and now is a Principal Security Researcher in a malware analysis role. He has taken the initiative to mentor and train new team members and has led many community events within the companies he has worked for. These events include quarterly mini conferences, Capture The Flag (CTF), LAN Parties, and other events to build the community and share knowledge. He is a frequent conference attendee and has participated in and won a number of IoT Village CTFs, including winning a Black Badge at BSidesDC for placing First in the competition. While the majority of his career has been supporting the blue team, he's always had a passion for the red team and has been honing his skills in penetration testing and exploit development. William currently holds the GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GREM, GCTI, and GXPN GIAC certifications. In addition to those GIAC certifications, he holds the OSCP and CISSP. 

Outside of information security, William is a general class Amateur Radio operator (KE5HDY), 3D printing enthusiast, and is working to become a member of the 501st legion (a Star Wars costuming organization that participates in costumed charity and volunteer work). His blog can be found at haxel.io

Ryan O'Grady has worked in information technology and security for over 15 years. He has had the opportunity to work with NASA, DHS, and several DoD agencies, including ARL, AFRL, ONR, and DARPA, in domains ranging from automation and autonomy to adaptive training. He helped stand up the Cyber Operations division at Soar Technology, taking the role of portfolio lead for workforce development. He was also the principal investigator for an Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) project to develop an intelligent training system for cyberspace operators to provide individualized, personalized training in realistic environments. Ryan was the technical lead on a related project to create autonomous cyber attackers for training, testing, and evaluation purposes.

Ryan works for the SANS Institute to implement a new approach to curriculum software development. In his spare time, he is the technical advisor for the Team5 startup, which is creating automated job candidate assessment capabilities for recruiters. Mr. O'Grady earned his B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2004 and is pursing a M.S. in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute. Certifications: GCIH, GCIA, GWAPT, GCPM, GSEC

Recently retired, Mark, in his 28 years of service with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, has served in many capacities, including Patrol, Internal Affairs and conducting digital forensic investigations. In 2011 Mark was assigned as a task force officer at the FBI?s Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (HARCFL).

While working as an FBI CART-certified forensic examiner he conducted examinations on a number of state/local and federal cases involving child exploitation, homicide, network intrusions and terrorism. He has also provided court testimony on numerous cases regarding general crimes and digital investigations.

Mark was a mentor and training officer at the HARCFL and he worked a number of cases while appointed to the lab. He was sought out for his knowledge of forensics, electronics and Python programming. He also used his programming background to create scripts which are used in the lab to streamline various functions. 

Mark has experience in HTML, Linux, Apple devices and cell phones. He held the FBI certification of FE (Forensic Examiner), and still maintains the SANS certifications GCFE and GPEN, CompTIA certifications A+, Net+, SEC+ and he has an Associate's Degree in Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology?. This most likely explains his fascination with Frankenstein electronic projects with lots of little blinking lights - at least his wife would like to think so.

Mark is excited to share his knowledge of electronics and digital forensics with people who have similar interests, and employ problem-solving techniques to assist them when needed.

Adam has been an Information Security professional in the financial services industry since 2009. He has taken on various roles in his career with experience in incident response, controls auditing, malware analysis, digital forensics, identity and access management, password management, security event monitoring, web vulnerability scanning, security awareness training, and penetration testing. Adam received his GSEC certification in 2009 and has completed classes with SANS in malware analysis and digital forensics. Additionally, Adam received the OSCP certification from Offensive Security in 2016 and has taken on a more focused role in penetration testing over the past year. Adam is excited to be a mentor to provide a solid foundation of training to new professionals in the Information Security field.