CURRICULUM VITAE

Gary Craig Kessler

452 Chelsea Place Ave.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
+1 802-238-8913 (mobile)
gary.c.kessler (Skype)
http://www.garykessler.net
gck@garykessler.net

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Gary Craig Kessler

452 Chelsea Place Ave.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
+1 802-238-8913 (mobile)
gary.c.kessler (Skype)
http://www.garykessler.net
gck@garykessler.net

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  1975 Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
B.A., Mathematics (cum laude)
(Computer and Statistics options)

  1975-1976  University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Graduate study in Computer Science

  1980 University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
M.S., Computer Science
Thesis title: A Computer Model of Hypoxic Man

  2010 Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ph.D., Computing Technology in Education
Research title: Judges' Awareness, Understanding, and Application of Digital Evidence

  Professional Certifications:
  • Certified under the CCNA™ (Cisco Certified Network Associate) program, February 2000
  • SANS/GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC), December 2000
  • International Information Systems Forensics Association (IISFA) Certified Information Forensics Investigator (CIFI), January 2005
  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)2] Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), March 2005 (current)
  • The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE) Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), June 2007 (current)
  • Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner (DFCP), July 2009
  Security clearance information provided upon request.

  SCUBA and Mariner Certifications:
  • Basic SCUBA, Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, 1967
  • Open Water Diver, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), 1991
  • Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI, 1992
  • Rescue Diver, PADI, 1992
  • Nitrox Diver, National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), 2008
  • Divemaster, PADI, 2009
  • Open Water SCUBA Instructor, PADI, 2009
  • Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, PADI, 2011
  • U.S. Coast Guard Captain's license, 2012

WORK EXPERIENCE:

August 2012-
present
DEPARTMENT CHAIR & PROFESSOR (7/2015-present)
SECURITY STUDIES & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida

Oversee day-to-day operations of the SSIA Dept., including more than a dozen full-time faculty, two B.S. and two M.S. programs, budget, and several adjunct faculty and student workers. Provide mentoring for faculty and staff, lead strategic planning efforts, and oversee staffing and curriculum. Teach cybersecurity and provide student advising.


August 2012-
present
PROFESSOR (7/2014-7/2015)
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (8/2012-6/2014)
HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida

Teach courses in the Homeland Security undergraduate program. Responsible for curriculum design and development of a cybersecurity minor within the program, as well as ght be chair the graduate cybersecurity program. Provide student advising and public outreach services.


March 2011-
June 2012
INTERIM ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR (ACADEMICS) (3/2011-8/2011)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (9/2011-6/2012)
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE (MSIA) PROGRAM
Norwich University
Northfield, Vermont

Responsible for curriculum design and development, recruitment and retention of faculty, and student admissions for the graduate program. Initial task was to lead redesign of the program curricula to meet the evolving needs of the students, potential employers, and the marketplace.


July 2010-
present
PRESIDENT
Gary Kessler Associates
Burlington, Vermont

Provide consulting, training, and practitioner services related to computer forensics, mobile device forensics, and information security. Also work with U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Cybertraining program instructor, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Teel Technologies, and Champlain College Center for Workforce Development.


July 2000-
June 2010
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (2000-2010)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, COMPUTER NETWORKING (2000-2007)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, COMPUTER & DIGITAL FORENSICS (2003-2007)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, INFORMATION SECURITY (2005-2007)
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR DIGITAL INVESTIGATION (2006-2009)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, M.S. IN DIGITAL INVESTIGATION MANAGEMENT (2009-2010)
Champlain College
Burlington, Vermont

Initial primary role was to manage courses in the Computer Networking A.S. degree and professional certificate programs, and coordinate curriculum with other programs within the department, particularly Telecommunications. Responsible for staffing, and the hiring and management of full-time and adjunct faculty. Updated the curriculum to address information assurance and other up-to-date industry requirements, including the design of a 4-year B.S. Computer Networking degree commencing in 2002. Course development in the areas of Internet and Web architecture, TCP/IP, routers, computer and network security, and computer forensics. Primary developer of the Computer & Digital Forensics curriculum leading to a B.S. degree, commencing in 2003 (and becoming an online program in 2004); principal investigator on Dept. of Justice (DOJ) grant to design and coordinate e-crime curriculum in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative (ECPI). Led effort to develop Information Security B.S. degree program, commencing in 2005, and teamwork leading to designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) in 2007. Work with various industry groups to identify educational requirements for future workers in all of these fields. Led proposal for M.S. program in Digital Investigation Management (2005-07), participated in application for initial program approval by regional accreditation board (2007-08), was named program director (2009), managed and coordinated course development (2009-10), and led efforts for final accreditation of the program (2010). In 2006, assumed role of director of Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation (C3DI), a DOJ-funded grant project and partnership between the college, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and several law enforcement training organizations. Additional work within the college community includes the development of college-wide educational competencies for undergraduates, member and co-chair of the Curriculum Committee (2002-2005), and information security instructor in college's Managing Innovation in Information Technology M.S. program. Also spearhead information security projects for the Vermont Information Technology Center (VITC), a collaboration between the Vermont Technology Council and Champlain College.


July 1999-
June 2000
SENIOR NETWORK SECURITY ANALYST
SymQuest Group, Inc.
South Burlington, Vermont

Primary role is to help build and manage SymQuest's consulting practice in the network security, Internet access, and WAN arena. Network security business role is to define Internet, intranet, and other network security services, including design and implementation of firewalls, routers, virtual private networks (VPNs), secure Internet communications, remote access, host security, security policies, and security auditing. Internet access and WAN business role is to meet with customers to match their business needs to available types of Internet access and WAN technologies and services, to advise and assist in the selection of service providers, and design and implement Internet access and WAN solutions using a variety of available backbone and access technologies (e.g., frame relay, ATM, xDSL, and DDS), as well as implement premises equipment (e.g., FRADs, DSU/CSU, and routers). Responsible for many aspects of the business, including pre-sales, recruitment, internal and external training, RFP response, report writing, and implementation. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).


March 1997-
July 1999
DIRECTOR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
SENIOR MEMBER OF TECHNICAL STAFF
Hill Associates
Colchester, Vermont

Defined role of "Director of Information Technology (IT)," being the first in the position; job reports to the CFO (originally to the CEO) and has company-wide responsibility. Manage the IT staff, overseeing day-to-day activities and responsible for integrating information systems as they relate to business strategies and tactics. Led project team that acquired new document management system, database, and publishing tools. Provided first corporate framework for acquisition of computer equipment and formalizing a budget process whereby individual departments shared responsibility for IT costs. Responsible for computer, local and wide area network, Web, and other corporate network systems; network and system security; IT policies, planning, and budgeting; and acting as focal point for all information-related activities. Primarily responsible for company's strategies with respect to wide-area networking for inter-office communication (using frame relay), Internet connectivity, support of remote offices and mobile users, and virtual private networking. Company employs a variety of hardware and software platforms, including PCs, Macs, Windows 95/98, Windows NT, NetWare, MacOS, and Linux. Continued course development and delivery activities as described below, with a particular emphasis on Internet-, security-, and electronic commerce-related courses. Also involved in first efforts at delivering on-line distance learning courses via the Internet and World Wide Web.


September 1996-
January 1997
SENIOR CONSULTANT
BBN Systems and Technologies
Professional Services Group
Cambridge, Massachusetts/Colchester, Vermont

Supported BBN's role with CommerceNet, acting as program manager for the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Task Forces, both focused on operational and procedural guidelines for electronic commerce over the Internet. Responsible for ensuring that task forces' commitments (such as white papers and pilot projects) were achieved, negotiating with subcontractors, and overseeing combined budget of $300,000, as well as managing administrative support for meetings, a Web site, and Internet discussion lists.


April 1993-
September 1996
SENIOR MEMBER OF TECHNICAL STAFF
Hill Associates
Colchester, Vermont

Leading development effort for consulting and education in the area of broadband and emerging networking and telecommunications technology, with particular emphasis on the Internet, computer and network security, and fast packet switching services and technologies, such as frame relay, SMDS, and ATM. Customers in this environment include leading telecommunications service providers and equipment vendors, including ADC, Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, Motorola, Pacific Bell, SNET, Southwestern Bell, Sprint, and WilTel/LDDS WorldCom. Participant in many industry activities, including conferences and standards committees. Led team that acquired e-mail software for internal company LAN and determined corporate Internet access. Project leader for Internet access and information servers, including Web and FTP servers. Also had responsibility to raise company's profile within the industry by attending conferences, writing papers, and mentoring other staff members for these activities. Member of Board of Directors (1994-95).


July 1988-
March 1993
PRESIDENT
Gary Kessler Associates
Colchester, Vermont

October 1991-
March 1993
VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY
MAN Technology Corporation
Burlington, Vermont

Provide data communications and computer networking technical education and consulting, with particular emphasis on packet and fast packet switching technologies, X.25, ISDN, local area networks (LANs), metropolitan area networks (MANs), frame and cell relay, FDDI, communications standards, and protocols. Customers include AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bell Atlantic Corporation, Bellcore, BellSouth, Contel, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Fujitsu Networks Industry, Hill Associates, International Computers Ltd. (ICL) ISDN Systems Group (North America and United Kingdom), and Ricoh Corporation. Participate in many industry activities, including standards committees and conferences.


February 1984-
June 1988
MEMBER OF TECHNICAL STAFF
Hill Associates
Winooski, Vermont

Responsible for developing and teaching 1-5 day courses to audiences at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Information Systems, and Business Services, as well as Bell Atlantic, Ameritech, United Telecommunications, and other operating telephone companies. Courses dealt with data communications, computer network architecture, data link protocols, packet switching and X.25, ISDN, LANs, and microprocessors. Project leader on task to analyze current and future educational training needs of a large R&D organization, and suggested several alternatives for them to meet their anticipated needs. Major consulting projects dealt with packet switching and X.25, X.75 conformance testing, and Central Office LANs. Representative to ANSI task group developing U.S. national standards for data network access.


November 1981-
January 1984
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Electronics Engineering Department
Livermore, California

Coordinator for computer-aided engineering (CAE) in my division. Lead role in the implementation of CAE and other software tools on Division's VAX-11/750, including writing system specifications, implementation plans, and acting as system manager. Project Engineer for Image Data Processing network of VAX computers in support of the Computational Physics group, including specifying the hardware configuration and purchasing the systems. CAE and Imaging networks used VAXen employing DECnet and Ethernet; involved in many local activities related to VAX/VMS security. Other major project was the design and implementation of the DDCMP data link protocol in both Intel assembler language and Pascal. Held Department of Energy "Q" Security Clearance.


July 1979-
October 1981
COORDINATOR OF ACADEMIC COMPUTING
St. Michael's College
Colchester, Vermont

Responsible for implementing the College's first academic computer center. Selected, purchased, and implemented computer programs for computer-aided instruction (CAI) on IBM System/34 (shared with college administration). Conducted short courses to train faculty and academic staff in use of the computer. Primary designer of college's first Computer Science curriculum. Advised on various hardware and software acquisitions for academic use, developed necessary software to support academic applications, and installed DEC PDP-11/44 for solely academic purposes. Wrote documentation, user guides, and manuals for the systems. Taught introductory and advanced programming courses. Supervised student operators and consultants.


September 1978-
May 1979
GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOW
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Support provided for M.S. thesis research building a computer model of the effects of high altitude on man. Designed computer programs to mathematically model the physiologic changes and adaptations man undergoes in response to the impaired oxygen supply at high altitudes and to provide a clinical tool with which to aid in the treatment of hypoxic illnesses.


November 1977-
August 1978
COMPUTER PROGRAMMER
Vermont State Health Department
Statistics Division
Burlington, Vermont

Responsible for two computerized information storage and retrieval systems. The first supported the Public Water Supply Division, maintaining a current database describing water systems throughout the state. The database was used to generate reports listing violations of federal and state water quality standards. Second project supported the Medical Services Division and involved evaluation, generation of federal reports, and time studies for the Supplemental Food Programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Programs, documentation, and training were provided for personnel using these systems. Other smaller programs were written as needs within the department arose, along with necessary documentation and training.


August 1976-
October 1977
APPLICATIONS PROGRAMMER
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cardiology Department
Los Angeles, California

Designed and implemented a computer system to quantify left ventricular wall movement, as observed from frames of a cineangiogram film. Included the development of software interface to hardware to allow input of frame images. Developed programs to mathematically calculate the movement of various sections of the heart wall during a complete heart cycle and to plot the movement. Provided documentation on the method and trained operators of the system. Provided other programs, documentation, training, and assistance as needs within the department arose.


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