Dr. Maconachy holds a PhD in education from The University of Maryland and has earned several certifications to include Two Professionalization Certifications from The NSA, and appointed a fellow of ISC2. Dr. Machonachy obtained Top Secret clearance while employed with the U.S. Navy and National Security Agency.
Dr. Maconachy is a co-founder and currently the Chairman of Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. After retiring from federal service, Dr. Maconachy served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Capitol Technology University. Dr. Maconachy served our nation by working at The National Security Agency where he held increasing responsibilities. While there he developed the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, and led the development of the first national education and training standards in what is now cybersecurity education. Prior to that he served as an education specialist for the United States Navy, developing technical training programs in the cryptology field. Dr. Maconachy taught in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, and Allegany County Public Schools, Maryland.
Dr. Maconachy has over 30 publications and contributing authorships. Dr. Maconachy's, A Model for Information Assurance: An Integrated Approach, was used as a teaching model in several U.S. Military academies. His numerous awards include Department of Defense - Meritorious Service Award, and Secretary of Navy Commendation (for actions overseas).
Denise Kinsey, Ph.D, CISSP, C|CISO, has been in cybersecurity for many years serving the private sector and academia. She holds many cybersecurity certifications and has held several high-profile positions with her work with law enforcement and corporations. She serves on the CISSE board and welcomes your feedback and membership in CISSE.
Charles is the Course Leader for the undergraduate Cyber Security and Computer Forensics programme at Kingston University. He has extensive experience of delivering creative, engaging and innovative learning experiences at both undergraduate and NCSC certified postgraduate levels.
His technical interests include cyber range development, cyber scenario and simulation modelling, steganography and distributed ledger technologies (including blockchain).
Charles is also a founding member of CISSE UK, a not for profit community interest organisation for UK cyber security educators.
Prior to academia, Charles worked extensively in the IT industry at all levels, including senior management and directorships. Previous work experience has included full-time and consulting roles with many organisations in numerous countries, examples of which include; Wireless Knowledge, Qualcomm (San Diego), Microsoft (Seattle), Smartone (Hong Kong), AIOC Corporation (Beijing, Cologne, Amsterdam, New York, Zug), BT Labs (Martlesham), Dresdner Klienwort, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and SHL SystemHouse (London). His experience also extends to consultancy for tech start-ups, most recently as a technical advisor to a number of Blockchain start-up businesses.
The modern company has an implicit social contract to protect the data entrusted to it. As a cybersecurity professional, my role is to advise companies on how to uphold that social contract by managing risks and deterring and denying threat actors. My consultative approach is the result of decades of experience working with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies.
The ability to fluently speak the languages of both business and technology and effectively communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences has not only facilitated conversation with company leadership in developing and implementing effective policies to reduce cyber threat, it has made me the go-to person for multiple media outlets and a spokesperson for IEEE’s Public Visibility Initiative.
One of my career priorities is to inspire under-represented communities to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Talent is not limited by geography or background. Because I look beyond the usual circles for talent, trust their abilities, and have an eagerness to help people succeed, I have been able to build effective teams despite the continued challenges of low unemployment in cybersecurity careers.
Wesley Alvarez is a native of western New York with a passion for Cybersecurity education and new technologies. His experience comes with over 12 years in strategic program development in compliance with industry accrediting standards, while supporting an academic network of over 2,500 institutions at both secondary and post-secondary levels. His focus in higher education includes cyber security learning technologies, certification, publishing, thought leadership, program design, implementation, and more. He has supported EC-Council's cyber security education initiatives from 2008 to 2014 via Axzo Press publishing (Rochester, NY) and in May of 2014, he transitioned from Axzo Press to EC-Council (Tampa, FL) to lead EC-Council’s academic division.
Throughout his career, Wesley worked on project development, program mapping, and course integration for published learning resources for organizations such as Microsoft, Oracle, CISCO, and Adobe, and more. Transitioning to lead EC-Council’s Academic division, Wesley began to focus on stackable credentials and student career pathways within education environments, while also working on workforce initiatives via EC-Council certification curriculum and technologies. Wesley's vision is to bridge the gap between the ever changing Information Security industry and higher education classrooms to ensure students transitioning to their professional careers are properly equipped with a career-based education.
Wesley is also the co-creator of the widely recognized EC-Council Academia Partner program, a program that supports institutions and tens of thousands of students each year with hand’s on, tactical cyber security education courses via the EC-Council Academia Series. This series is geared towards NCWF workforce roles with certification accreditations by authorizing parties such as U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and more. This program supports affordable certification for both students and faculty, skills competitions, supporting events, and workforce initiatives.
Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies. He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.