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  • Job title of nominated professional: Associate Professor
  • Company (where nominated professional or team is working): College of Technology, University of Houston
  • Website: http://uh.edu/tech/cisre/
  • Company size (employees): 5,000
  • Country: United States

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

Education program recognized as a DHS / NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Recognized research in SCADA security
Active in professional societies, Fellow in ISSA, Senior member IEEE and ACM

In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category

Created professional Masters Degree program in cybersecurity with specialty areas of digital forensics, SCADA security and Risk Analysis. 10 year track record of producing career ready professionals across a wide range of cybersecurity jobs. Holds Security+, CISSP, CSSLP, CRISC, DFCP, GICSP, CASP, and CDSP certifications. . He has co-authored six security books and numerous academic articles associated with information security. He has presented at numerous conferences including RSA, BSides (numerous), and academic conferences. He is a minitrack co-chair for Information Security mini-track at the HICSS confenece. He is active in the DHS sponsored Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) efforts associated with workforce development and cybersecurity aspects of industrial control systems. He has an extensive background in secure coding and is a former co-chair of the DHS/DoD Software Assurance Forum working group for workforce education, training and development.

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