Randy has worked on the following SANS Institute's special projects and initiatives:
- The SANS Institute's Secure Code project that developed a set of exams to test programmers' knowledge of secure coding techniques.
- He is one of the founding members of the US Cyber Challenge (USCC). The USCC mission is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Top scorers in national CTF competitions are invited to obtain intensive cybersecurity training at week long camps around the US. He also designs the curriculum for the USCC summer camps.
He is a former member of the REN-ISAC (Research, Education, Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) board. He is a member of the EDUCAUSE security task force focusing on risk assessment and security metrics and a member of its Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC). He is an executive committee member of the Virginia Cyber Range (www.virginiacyberrange.org). Randy is one of the founders of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (www.vascan.org), a consortium of security practitioners and researchers from the major universities in Virginia.
Randy was a recipient of the 2016 Shirley C. Payne IT Security Advancement award, the 2000 SANS Institute's Security Technology Leadership Award, the 2003 VA Governor's Technology Silver Award, and a member of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions Award in 2005. He is a co-holder of three cybersecurity patents.
He is acknowledged as one of the North American masters of the hammer dulcimer and is the author of the original theme song of National Public Radio's nationally syndicated radio program, "World Cafe". His band, "No Strings Attached" was nominated for or won "Indie" awards (independent record label's version of the Grammy) for Best Album (String Music) category in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990.