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

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Faculty Profiles

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 25 years of corporate experience in technology, planning, and process and system redesign, including 12 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.

Steven Abramson is a systems engineer with the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. Steve has served as co-founder/CTO of start-up companies and has also held software development positions in industry. Over the past several years he has been an architect and developer (Java, C#) delivering scalable, reliable and secure cloud-based systems for both private industry and academia. In addition, he co-developed a mobile consumer application deployed on the Android and iOS operating systems. He received his MS degree in computer science from Boston University and his BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kevin Amorin is the director of technology at Nexage, where he is responsible for high-performance, high-volume infrastructure. He has more than 12 years of IT industry experience including organizations such as Microsoft, Motorola, and seven years as the network security manager at Harvard Kennedy School. Kevin received his MS degree in computer science from Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. Since 2008, Kevin has been the coach/adviser to the Northeastern Cyber Defense Team. The team competes in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, a three-day annual event designed to help students sharpen their skills and boost their knowledge about administering and protecting a large corporate network. The NU team won the Northeast region twice, and in 2010 won the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition title beating out over 80 universities.

Derek Brodeur has experience ranging from government and military to commercial enterprise, bringing diversity and unique situational understanding to the MSIA program. He currently works as a technical account manager for a NAC startup onsite at EMC supporting their global Network Access Control strategy. Prior to this, Derek spent time as a systems engineer at The MITRE Corporation working several programs for the U.S. Air Force. Derek graduated from the MSIA program in 2010 and received his BS in computer science from URI. He currently holds his CISSP and enjoys coaching the Northeastern Cyber-Defense Team focusing on computer network attack/defense.

Paul Burke is an information security professional at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has a broad background in information technology, information assurance, and digital forensics that spans the defense, financial, and educational sectors. Prior to his current position, he was a systems administrator at Upromise Investments. Paul is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern’s Master of Science in Information Assurance program and holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems technology from the University of Central Florida. He holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP.

Matthew Coles is a security architect for EMC’s Product Security Office with over 10 years of experience in system and application engineering. He provides technical leadership and expertise to the product security policies, practices, and standards used by EMC product organizations for securing their applications, systems, and engineering infrastructure. He is also involved with community security standards development and is a contributor to initiatives such as CVSSv3, SAFECode, and CWE/SANS Top 25. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Framingham State College and a Master of Science in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Kyle Courtney  is an intellectual property attorney presently working as copyright adviser for Harvard University. In this role, he works to establish a culture of shared understanding of legal issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the information policy adviser for the edX online classes at HarvardX. He also currently teaches a section at Harvard Law School training first-year law students on the fundamentals of legal research in the Legal Research and Writing Program. Before joining Harvard University, Kyle worked at Harvard Law School as the manager of faculty research and scholarship. He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: as a faculty scholar for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at the School of Law, and teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance Program at the College of Computer and Information Science. He holds a J.D. with distinction in intellectual property law and an MSLIS. He is a published author and frequent speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, and the law. Kyle’s latest chapter on copyright law is forthcoming in Libraries in the Digital Age by Scarecrow Press. His class blog on cyberlaw is at  and his main blog is .

Bryce Cunningham has over a quarter century of experience as an IT professional in both the private and public sectors. Bryce is currently chief information security officer at the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), a Commonwealth of Massachusetts agency that monitors the Massachusetts health care system and is the custodian of Massachusetts citizenry’s medical data used in research and analysis.  Bryce was also the founding manager of IT security for the City of Boston and developed and managed the city’s first operational security team. He has worked in state and local government on enterprise safeguards, threat and vulnerability mitigation, information security policy, risk assessment, and critical infrastructure protection – such as representing the City of Boston in FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, a regional cyber defense coordination effort. Bryce graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern's M.S. in Information Assurance program in 2010 and holds a CISSP certification.

Michael Higgins is a veteran security executive with more than 20 years of experience working in government and private industry. Today Mike serves as the chief information security officer (CISO) for NBCUniversal leading the company’s information security programs. Previously Mike held executive security positions at The New York Times and LexisNexis. For more than a decade prior, Mike was an executive security consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Time Warner, Citigroup, Sun Microsystems, Merrill Lynch, JPMorganChase, and British Petroleum. For the last 10-plus years Mike has been a visiting lecturer at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and is 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 senior information security assurance specialist with the Bose Corporation.  He has over 15 years in the information security field as a consultant and analyst for Fortune 500 companies. His expertise in the field of digital forensics began back in the early 1990s while working for the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office Criminal Bureau where he conducted digital forensic examinations. He is the chapter president of the New England High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a member of the Boston chapter of Infragard and Information System Security Association (ISSA) chapter. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on cybercrime, digital forensic investigative techniques, and incident response. He has been teaching at Northeastern since 1998 and in the information assurance graduate program since 2006.

David Reis serves as vice president of IT governance, PMO, and security and is the chief information security officer at Lahey Health in Burlington, Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Eastern University, a Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College and a PhD in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. David’s research interests focus on the intersection of IT project management and information security implementations. He holds a variety of IT security certifications including: CGEIT, CISSP, CRISC, and Certified ScrumMaster. He is an active member in a number of associations including the American Legion, ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard. He is a frequent speaker on information security related topics and in the past has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rosemont College, Drexel University, Merrimack College, and Brandeis University.

Joe J. Rushanan is principal mathematician in the Signal Processing Department of The MITRE Corporation. Joe has led numerous initiatives for over 20 years in system security in a variety of national defense programs and in addition has helped shape the modernized global positioning system (GPS). He has held adjunct faculty positions at Northeastern University and Bentley College. Dr. Rushanan received a BS and MS in mathematics from The Ohio State University and a PhD from California Institute of Technology, also in mathematics.

Tim Trow is currently information security risk manager for Partner’s Healthcare in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is responsible for managing their company-wide risk management program. Prior to joining Partner’s, he worked as senior security consultant for Zensar. He was responsible for conducting security assessments, gap assessments, audits, policy development, and managing Zensar’s global managed security services business. For the last two years, he has also been an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education teaching their information security course. He received his BS in business management from Franklin Pierce College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He also obtained a Master of Science in information assurance from Norwich University and holds multiple certifications including the CISSP, PCI QSA and ISO27001.


Quick Info

  • 32 Semester Hours
  • $45,120 total tuition
    (based on 2015-2016 tuition rate)
  • Full-time semesters to completion: 4
  • Part-time semesters to completion: Up to 8