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The University of Fairfax provides high quality, practitioner-oriented online cybersecurity graduate programs. University of Fairfax utilizes an expert professional faculty who are senior practitioners in cybersecurity and/or field research methods. These experienced professionals help students to remain current with accelerating cybersecurity trends, and ensure that they may rapidly apply what they learn on the job, enabling them to continue to advance their careers. Faculty bios are provided below:

Dr. Sandra Fonseca is Professor of Information Systems, Systems Security & Audit, and Project Management, Graduate and Undergraduate Level. She has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, 15 of them as Systems Security Manager.

She holds a Bachelor Degree on Business Administration in Information Systems from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; a Master’s Degree in Information Systems (MIS) and a Graduate Certificate in Audit Information Systems from EDP College; Doctoral Degree on Management Information Systems (DBA) from Turabo University, part of Ana G. Méndez Educational System. She has served as Vice President of Education and Certifications of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), representative of Puerto Rico at the ISO21500 Latin America Committee. She also served for the ISACA and ISSA Puerto Rico Chapter’s Board of Directors as Director of Education.

Her research interests are on IT Controls at database and application levels, Incident Handling Techniques, Business Process Reengineering and Agile Project Management for Systems Security, IT Cloud Controls Assurance. (Certifications: CISA, CISM, CRISC, CICA, MOS, IC3)

Dr. Danielle Rowell received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science specializing in comparative politics and international relations from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy – University at Albany, SUNY. Although Dr. Rowell’s education has been predominantly housed within the discipline of political science, she took a decidedly interdisciplinary approach to her culturally driven doctoral research that spans political science, public policy, public administration, sociology, psychology, and media communication.

Dr. Rowell holds multiple professional development certifications specializing in emergency management and homeland security from the Department of Defense, Defense Security Academy/IOSS; Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Emergency Management Institute; and the U.S. Department of Justice/SLED initiative.

Dr. Rowell holds numerous professional development certifications in project management, business management, strategic leadership, education, and instructional design.

In addition to her twenty-three years of administrative and managerial experience in the federal government, state government, private, and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Rowell also possesses seventeen years of post-secondary curriculum design, delivery and assessment experience within traditional learning environments. Dr. Rowell possesses thirteen years of on-line curriculum development and remote teaching experience in the virtual environment.

Bhanu Kapoor, PhD, is a consultant to the semiconductor industry in the area of low power chip design. After completing PhD in Computer Science from SMU in Dallas, he started teaching computer science courses as an adjunct in 1997 at SMU, Dallas. For SMU, he has taught several graduate-level security engineering course for the past 10 years including courses in the executive engineering programs at companies such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Textron, and L-3 systems. He has also taught several graduate-level computer science including executive engineering courses at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has earned his PhD (1994) and MS (1990) degrees in Computer Science at SMU, Dallas, and has a B.Tech. (1987) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute Technology at Kanpur, India. He had worked at Texas Instruments’ corporate R&D labs in Dallas during 1987-99 before working for a few semiconductor EDA startups. He is a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Alden S. Bean, PhD served as the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) at NC State University. Before joining CIMS, Dr. Bean held the Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in Management and Technology in the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. Prior to his Lehigh appointment, Dr. Bean was the Director of the Policy Research and Analysis Division of the National Science Foundation. He also served on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati, the State University of New York at Albany and Northwestern University. Dr. Bean’s research involves studies of patterns in the organization and funding of U.S. industrial R&D activities, the role of technology in U.S. firms’ corporate strategy, and technological innovation and productivity growth in U.S. firms. He has authored numerous articles on research management and science and technology policy. Dr. Bean earned his PhD from Northwestern University in R&D Management and Organization Theory.

Lawrence W. Doe, PhD has over 30 years of managerial and technical experience including positions as Senior Technical Director for General Dynamics (formerly Anteon Corporation), CIO for the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and Director of Information Systems for British Biotech. He has also consulted with numerous organizations on the use of business systems to enhance productivity. Dr. Doe earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and his MS and BS in Chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute.

Steven M. Helwig, PhD is a senior information assurance professional with over 20 years of experience in disaster recovery, organizational security, risk management, policy, compliance and network engineering. Currently he is the Senior IT Security Administrator for the Citizens Property Insurance Company. He served as the Executive Editor of the Compliance Authority Magazine. Dr. Helwig earned his PhD in Information Assurance from University of Fairfax, his MBA in Information Security from Salem International University, his MS in Information Systems from Capella University and his BS in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. (Certifications: CISSP, NSA IAM/IEM)

David R. Lease, PhD has over 25 years of technical and management experience in the information technology, security, telecommunications, and consulting industries. Currently, he is the Chief Solution Architect for CSC, a $15 billion systems integrator. His recent projects include a $2 billion IT security architecture redesign for a Federal law enforcement agency and the design and implementation of a secure financial management system for an organization operating in 85 countries. Dr. Lease is a writer and frequent speaker at conferences for organizations in the intelligence community, DoD, civilian Federal agencies, as well as commercial and academic organizations.

Dr. Lease is also a peer reviewer of technical research for the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Lease earned his PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University. His dissertation, "Factors Influencing the Adoption of Biometric Security Technologies by Decision-Making Information Technology and Security Managers," was nominated for the 2006 Fredric M. Jablin Dissertation Award for its substantial insights and implications for leadership studies. Dr. Lease also earned an MS in Information Systems Management from the University of Southern California, an MBA in Finance from George Mason University, and a BS in Accounting from George Mason University. (Certifications: CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, NSA-IAM, NSA-IEM, CHE, MCSE, CCNA, and ITIL.)

Carole Mourad, PhD is a Security and Information Assurance specialist with over 10 years of multidisciplinary research, analysis and development experience in the security arena for both government and industry. Her experience includes cryptography, telecommunications, and computer and network security. She is an Expert in telecommunication security and vulnerability assessments on products to be approved on the APL (Approved Product List) for DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency). Currently she is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Associate Level III in the Cryptologic Systems Group at Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Mourad earned her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico and both her MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Eric W. Yocam, PhD has over 17 years of experience in leadership roles managing multiple global project teams. Currently, he serves as Group Program Manager in the IT division of Microsoft. His previous experience includes positions as Data Center Project Manager for Intuit Corporation and Technical Manager for HP. He holds a Certificate of Director Education, a nationally recognized designation for corporate directors confirmed in 2007 by the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD) Corporate Directors Institute. Dr. Yocam earned a DBA from the University of Phoenix, an MS in Computer Science from California State University, an MS degree in Finance from Seattle University, an MBA from the University of San Diego and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of the Pacific. (Certifications: CISSP, PMP, CSDP, MPM, RBA)


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Distinguish yourself and advance your cybersecurity career by following the University of Fairfax Online Cybersecurity Education Path. No matter which graduate program you pursue, all of your courses will explore relevant cybersecurity policy and management issues, and you will complete a cybersecurity project in each course. You can apply what you learn and make significant contributions in your workplace right away.
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