“Demand for trained professionals is high, and it will get higher. Most companies have good IT people, but information assurance is an interdisciplinary activity. You need technical knowledge, but you also need to know the context and how to make decisions in that context.”

Themis Papageorge
Director and Associate Clinical Professor
Master of Science in Information Assurance Program

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Themis Papageorge, Information Assurance Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor
For ten years before he joined the College of Computer and Information Science, Themis Papageorge was vice president of services at Guardium a market leader in database security, auditing, and monitoring, and at Courion, a leader in identity access management, authentication, and security. He has a total of twenty-five years of corporate experience in technology, planning, and process and system redesign, including twelve years at the Digital Equipment Corporation. He received his PhD in risk management and engineering economics from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT, and a BS in naval architecture and marine engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Kevin Amorin received his MS degree in computer science from Northeastern University’s College of Computer Science in 2005. He is currently a solution architect and IT manager at Virtual Computer, a start-up company using virtualization to better manage corporate PCs. His ten years of IT industry experience includes seven years as the network security manager at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Kyle Courtney is an attorney presently working at Harvard Law School as the Head of External Resource Sharing and Faculty Research.  He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University teaching for the School of Law and also teaching for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science.  He has continued to design and teach seminars in legal research methods for the Columbia Law’s Human Rights Institute.  Courtney also lectures on intellectual property and plagiarism for the graduate Communication Management Program at Emerson College.  He graduated with distinction from Suffolk University School of Law, where he was accepted into the school’s specialized Intellectual Property program. He received his MLS from Simmons College in Boston. He is a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly.

Michael Higgins is a veteran security executive with more than 20 years of experience working in the Government and in private industry.  As the founder of the DOD Computer Emergency Response Team (DOD-CERT), Mike was one of the earliest advocates in the leadership role of the Federal Government through the identification of critical infrastructures.  Currently, Mike serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for The New York Times Company leading the company’s risk, compliance, security, and privacy programs.  Previously Mike held the CSO position at LexisNexis following their highly visible public breach in 2005.  For more than a decade Mike was an executive security consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Time Warner, Citigroup, Sun Microsystems, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase, and British Petroleum.  Mike holds dual certifications as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and is the recipient of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Medal and Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award.  Mike has also been a visiting lecturer for over 10 years at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a former adjunct professor in the Information Assurance Program at The George Washington University. Mike received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Master’s from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Frederick J. Howell, Jr., MBA, CISSP is a senior information security assurance specialist with the Bose Corporation. He is an experienced information security consultant for Fortune 500 companies and has also worked for the office of the attorney generals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is currently completing his PhD in information assurance at the University of Fairfax in Virginia.

Richard Moore, CISSP, CISM, GPEN received a master's degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University in 2005. He is currently the Vice President- Senior Audit Manager, Security & Risk for RBS Americas.  Prior to joining RBS Americas he was an information security consultant for Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies. His professional credentials include Certified Industry Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Global Information Assurance Certification Penetration Tester (GPEN). He serves on several professional boards and is a contributing author for the fifth version of the Computer Security Handbook.

David LaPorte received his MS degree in information assurance from Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science in 2009. He is the security manager for Harvard University’s network and server systems and a teaching fellow at Harvard University Extension School.

Dennis Treece is the director of corporate security for Massport and responsible for all aspects of security at Logan International Airport. He has over thirty years of security experience and has worked with intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Leonard Wisniewski is currently Director of Technology Services for the Institute of Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University.   Len has held various engineering and management roles in High Performance Computing at Sun Microsystems, Thinking Machines (acquired by Sun), and Acopia Networks (acquired by F5 Networks).  He received a PhD in computer science from Dartmouth College and has taught at Endicott College, Daniel Webster College, and Dartmouth College.

Peter Desnoyers received his PhD from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Professor Desnoyers is also broadly interested in operating systems and virtualization, and spent a post-doctoral year at VMware. Prior to receiving his PhD in 2007 he spent fifteen years in industry at Apple, Motorola, and at a number of start-ups. He received his BS and MS degrees in EECS from MIT in 1988.

Engin Kirda teaches in the PhD Information Assurance program and has been awarded the first Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor for Information Assurance. He teaches in the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Engineering. He has been an associate professor in the Networking and Security Department at Institute Eurecom in France since 2008 and previously served on the computer science faculty at Technical University of Vienna.

Karl Lieberherr joined Northeastern University in 1985 and established the Demeter research group, which developed Adaptive Programming (AP). Professor Lieberherr's research focuses on two areas: applied programming languages and software engineering, and robotic trading games.

Panagiotis Manolios received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interest is mechanized formal verification and validation of computing systems. What guides his research is the vision that formal methods can be used to revolutionize the design and implementation of highly reliable, robust, and scalable systems in a variety of important application areas, ranging from large component-based software systems, hardware systems, aerospace systems, and computational biology to public health.

Guevara Noubir was a senior research scientist at CSEM SA (Switzerland), prior to joining Northeastern University. He led several research projects and contributed to the definition of the third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) standardized as 3GPP WCDMA. He also worked on the optimization of Internet protocols for satellite links. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and has been supported by DARPA, Draper Laboratory, and Microsoft Research.

Mirek Riedewald received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests lie in databases and data mining with an emphasis on designing scalable techniques for data-driven science. Professor Riedewald is developing techniques for distributed data analysis, for mining observational data, for making realistic scientific simulations feasible through data-mining, and for real-time processing of massive data streams.

Ravi Sundaram joined Northeastern in the fall of 2003. Prior to that he was Director of Engineering at Akamai Technologies, where he played a critical role in the buildout of the world's leading content delivery network; he established the mapping group which is responsible for directing browser requests (over 10 billion a day) to the optimal Akamai server.

Carlos Cuevas received his B.A. from Tufts University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Prior to arriving at Northeastern University, Professor Cuevas was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Family Research Laboratory/Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Previously he has also worked at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons located in Bridgewater, MA.

Nikos Passas specializes in the study of terrorism, white-collar crime, corruption, organized crime and international crime. His current work includes the regulation of immigrant remittances, financial crime in the trade of precious commodities and tobacco, illegal logging, terrorist finance and anti-money laundering practices, and a comparative study of national anti-corruption programs. 

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