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We are pleased to have an advisory board with a wealth of experience in the field of cyber and information security. The board has been invaluable with recruitment connections and with guidance on creating market-value for our current and future programs. As we go forward, we will look to the board to provide industry feedback on our curriculum, assist us with increasing our internship opportunities, and provide student mentoring and career preparedness education. Having an advisory board of industry experts helps us keep our training relevant and widens our network for experiential learning partners. Prof. Eric Berkowitz Associate Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science

Roosevelt University is launching a new bachelor’s degree in Cyber and Information Security for fall, 2018. The need for cybersecurity professionals is critical and Roosevelt was quick to respond to the national and international imperative. “Our faculty designed the program so that students earn multiple professional certifications en route to degree completion and our curriculum follows National Security Agency (NSA) standards,” said Eric Berkowitz, associate professor and department chair of computer science.

Part of the process of receiving National Security (NSA) recognition of our degree program is the maintenance of a Cyber and Information Security Program Advisory Board. The advisory board met in August and December of 2017 and Professor Berkowitz is proud to announce the members of the 2017-18 Cyber and Information Security Program Advisory Board:

Joe Bonnell serves as Founder and CEO of Alchemy Security, a recognized leader for SIEM consulting and ongoing operations by Gartner, Inc. An industry veteran with over 19 years of experience in the field, Joe has held strategic positions for industry leading firms including at IBM, Avaya, and Cybertrust, and regularly provides strategic guidance to executives and board members on cost leveraged security and compliance strategies to protect their organizations’ crown jewels. Joe has presented at variety of industry conferences, and continues to serve as an advisor to Congressional Representatives and White House staff on enduring cyber security strategies.

Nick Espinosa has over 25 years of experience in the IT field, including founding his own firm, Windy City Networks, Inc., at the age of 19. After earning multiple compliance certifications, he joined BSSi2 in 2013 as chief information officer. An expert in security and network infrastructure and an industry thought leader, Nick consults with Fortune 100 clients and is sought after for his advice on the future of technology and how it will impact businesses and consumers. He has been quoted in Forbes, EnterpriseTech, ITWorld, ComputerWorld, and other publications and is a columnist for SmartFile, writing regularly on security, technology and the future.

Chris King is the Central Area Systems Engineering Director at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in networking, security, telephone, and infrastructure. Chris has consulted at financial, law, manufacturing, education and healthcare companies working on networking, voice,  HIPAA, PCI, and compliance identification and remediation. From consulting, he moved to manufacturing and deployed networks and infrastructure at a leading commercial refrigeration company, before moving into technology sales for Aruba. Chris is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Tim I. Sahouri
has been with MEDCOR, Inc. since 1991, serving as the CIO and CSO. He is responsible for all information systems and information security and related department functions at MEDCOR. Sahouri has experience in application development, database design and system administration. He has taught programming and database design at Roosevelt University. He has a master’s degree in computer science and web technology from Roosevelt University.

Scott Shepard has over 20 years of experience in information security. He currently leads the Motorola Solutions​​ IT infrastructure and information security​ teams ​where he is responsible for all aspects of information security, including governance, risk management, compliance, cyber defense and security solutions. Prior to returning to Motorola in 2010, Scott was the security services practice lead for GlassHouse Technologies, Inc., ​where he led the development security consulting services. Scott has a ​master​'s degree in ​computer science from Arizona State University and holds CISM and CISSP certifications. 

Chris Triolo serves as global Vice President of Customer Success at Respond Software, a cyber security start-up that leverages artificial intelligence to develop solutions for next-generation security operations. With more than 20 years of information security industry experience, Chris has held strategic positions in such industry stalwarts as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Northrop Grumman. Chris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.  He is based in Denver, Colorado.

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