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University Cyber Faculty - Experts in their Fields

Dr. Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams

 Director |  APUS Center for Cyber Defense

Dr. Kenneth Williams is a retired U.S. Army IT officer with 24 years of active service and seven years of federal service as a civilian for the U.S. Army. Dr. Williams operated a small business focused on IT/cybersecurity services with the federal government and commercial sectors for several years. More

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Program Director | IT/Security

Dr. Kevin Harris has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field with positions ranging from systems analyst to CIO. He performs research on the digital divide and works to ensure a trained cyber workforce in the country. More

Karen Paullet

Karen Paullet

Dr. Karen Paullet teaches the university’s cybersecurity courses. She has spent more than 13 years working with law enforcement preparing cases using digital evidence for trial, and has spoken at over 150 engagements on the Dangers of Social Network Sites, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking and the CSI Effect. More

Elliott Lynn

Elliott Lynn

Dr. Elliott Lynn is a business leader in the IT field with more than 20 years experience. He teaches adult education online and face-to-face in business, project management, and IT. His philosophy of education is to teach with an open mind to learn and encourage students to question the foundations and origins of the knowledge they seek. More

David Andersson

David Andersson

Dr. David Andersson is a retired U.S. Army officer and an experienced educator in IT, management, and information systems security. His focus is on curriculum development, competency-based instruction, and teacher training. He teaches ISS courses at APUS, and previously worked as a network engineer for  Raytheon and Allstate Insurance. More

Dennis Backherms

Dennis Backherms

Dennis Backherms is an experienced IT security professional with more than 17 years of experience. He is an expert in facilitating pre- and post-technical support through accurately assessing technical challenges and successfully transforming ideas into appropriate workable solutions. He teaches ISS courses at APUS. More

Bryan Bechard

Bryan Bechard

Bryan Bechard is an information security professional with business, risk management, and technical expertise. He currently manages security operations, governance, risk and compliance, and physical security as CISO for an auto finance company. He has developed information security bachelor’s programs and teaches ISS courses. More

Ronald Booth

Ronald Booth

Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Ron Booth has blended proven leadership qualities and hands-on technical skills to assist government agencies and water utilities in improving performance in IS/IT, business, security, and operations. Dr. Booth is a retired captain with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. More

John Denson

John Denson

John Denson is an IT professional and businessman with 30 years experience in application development, production support and information security. His interest in information security began when he started an IT consultancy in 2001. He also worked with a start-up company that focused on small medical practices' HIPPA compliance. More

Kenneth Desforges

Kenneth Desforges

Ken Desforges is currently the Director, Information Systems for the City of Diamond Bar in California. He teaches IT and cybersecurity at APUS. Ken is an accomplished executive with more than 18 years IT management experience in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes designing and implementing information security solutions. More

Michael Esenwein

Michael Esenwein

Michael Esenwein is an instructor for the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy. He plays a key role in developing and delivering cyber training for Department of Defense personnel for them to successfully execute their missions around the world. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army as a tactical data systems specialist and intelligence analyst. More

Thomas Foss

Thomas Foss

Tom Foss participates in the CyberWatch consortium, a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to help colleges prepare professionals for Information Assurance career paths. His practice areas include cybercrime trends, IT security, and the mitigation of cyber terrorism and hacking through active defense, planning, and education. More

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Anthony Gayles

Anthony Gayles is an IT security engineer with more than 10 years experience. He currently works for Verizon Business where he is in charge of configuring, deploying and maintaining firewalls for Verizon customers. He began his career working with the federal government, installing classified networks throughout the world. He teaches ISS courses at APUS. More

Kim Iannone

Kim Iannone

Kim Iannone teaches ISS courses for APUS and business computer courses for Touro University in Moscow. His previous work was as a systems programmer and network administrator and as a senior project manager selling, designing, building, and managing computer technology solutions. More

Cliff Krahenbill

Clifton Krahenbill

Clifton Kranhenbill owns and operates CLK Technology Solutions located in Tucson, Arizona, where he designs, builds and supports network infrastructure and security systems. He provides penetration-testing services for school districts, banks, credit unions, and government agencies. He began his IT career in 1998. More

Edward Labarge

Edward Labarge

Edward LaBarge is the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Army’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU), Washington Metro Office. He oversees a team of criminal investigators who conduct complex investigations into a wide array of cybercrime such as network intrusions. He teaches network security and digital forensics at APUS. More

Wenbin Luo

Wenbin Luo

Dr. Wenbin Luo accolades include earning the 2001 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico and the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Luo is an active researcher in the areas of computer security, digital image processing, and hashing algorithms. More

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Naeem Musa

Mr. Musa is an authorized (ISC)² instructor with more than 25 years of experience in the IT, information assurance, and systems engineering fields. Currently, he serves as CISO for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission where he is responsible for the overall IT security and risk management program. He teaches ISS courses to undergraduate students. More

Sang Nguyen

Sang Nguyen

Dr. Sang Nguyen has more than 20 years experience working in the U.S. government and is currently the Head of Information Technology and Cyber Security for Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. He teaches cybersecurity courses for APUS and has consulted with numerous higher education organizations to develop cybersecurity certification programs. More

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William Pendergrass

Dr. William Stanley Pendergrass is a Naval Capabilities Analyst for the Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy for Policy, which is the Secretary of the Navy’s primary civilian advisor on foreign and defense policy; intelligence; capabilities and readiness; and the Department of the Navy’s security enterprise. More

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Leonard Simon

Leonard Simon is a senior security engineer at Compuquip Technologies, Inc., a security solutions company who provides security consultation to enterprises in Florida including the design, implementation, architecture, monitoring and support of various security solutions. More

Jared Spencer

Jared Spencer

Jared Spencer is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience ranging from directly working with customers to managing the support services operation for a multinational communications company. His industry certifications include MCSE on Windows Server 2012, A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cloud+, and IBM AIX (UNIX). More

Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart

Joel Stewart is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He had five years of active-duty experience as a Field Artillery Captain, including a 15-month deployment in Iraq. He currently works for the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, VA, planning, implementing and maintaining web-based applications that support HQ Navy Reservists. More

Yongge Wang

Yongge Wang

Dr. Yongge Wang published cybersecurity research in 72 peer-reviewed publications. He is the inventor of Remote Password Authentication Protocol SRP5 (included in IEEE 1363.2 standards) and the identity-based authentication protocol WANG-KE (included in IEEE 1363.3 standards). He serves as the chief cryptographer and security officer for USMobile Inc. More

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Christopher Weppler

Christopher Weppler has more than 20 years of experience in IT and information security. His primary area of teaching has been in fundamental information security concepts, introductory and advanced computer and network security fundamentals and countermeasures, access control and intrusion detection, and beginner to advanced digital forensics. More

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Kimberly Wright

Kimberly Wright is the founder and CEO of D&O Security Solutions (DOSS), an information security and management consulting firm. She has more than 20 years of experience with the military and federal government in cybersecurity, information assurance, and education and training. She believes that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. More

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