Faculty

Themis Papageorge, Information Assurance Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor

For ten years before he joined the College of Computer and Information Science, Themis Papageorge was vice president of services at Guardium a market leader in database security, auditing, and monitoring, and at Courion, a leader in identity access management, authentication, and security. He has a total of twenty-five years of corporate experience in technology, planning, and process and system redesign, including twelve years at the Digital Equipment Corporation. He received his PhD in risk management and engineering economics from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT, and a BS in naval architecture and marine engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Steven Abramson

Steve Abramson is a Systems Engineer with the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.  Steve has served as co-founder/CTO of start-up companies and has also held software development positions in industry. Over the past several years he has been an architect and developer (Java, C#) delivering scalable, reliable and secure cloud based systems for both private industry and academia. In addition, he co-developed a mobile consumer application deployed on the Android and iOS operating systems. He received his MS degree in computer science from Boston University and his BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kevin Amorin

The Director of Technology at Nexage where he is responsible for high performance, high volume infrastructure. He has more than twelve years of IT industry experience including organizations such as Microsoft, Motorola, and seven years as the network security manager at Harvard Kennedy School. Kevin Amorin received his MS degree in computer science from Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. Since 2008, Kevin has been the coach/adviser to the Northeastern Cyber Defense team. The team competes in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which is a three-day annual event designed to help students sharpen their skills and boost their knowledge about administering and protecting a large corporate network. The NU team won the Northeast region twice, and in 2010 won the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition title beating out over 80 universities.

Derek Brodeur

With experience ranging from government and military to commercial enterprise, Derek brings diversity and unique situational understanding to the MSIA program. He currently works as a Technical Account Manager for a NAC startup onsite at EMC supporting their global Network Access Control strategy. Prior to this Derek spent time as a systems engineer at The MITRE Corporation working several programs for the US Air Force. Derek graduated from the MSIA program in 2010 and received his BS in computer science from URI. He currently holds his CISSP and enjoys coaching the Northeastern Cyber-Defense team focusing on computer network attack/defense.

Paul Burke

Paul Burke is an Information Security professional at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  He has a broad background in information technology, information assurance and digital forensics that spans the defense, financial and educational sectors.  Prior to his current position, he was a systems administrator at Upromise Investments.  Paul is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern’s Master of Science in Information Assurance program and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology from the University of Central Florida.  He holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP.

Matthew Coles

Matthew Coles is a Security Architect for EMC’s Product Security Office with over 10 years of experience in system and application engineering. He provides technical leadership and expertise to the product security policies, practices, and standards used by EMC product organizations for securing their applications, systems, and engineering infrastructure. He is also involved with community security standards development and is a contributor to initiatives such as CVSSv3, SAFECode, and CWE/SANS Top 25. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Framingham State College and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Kyle Courtney

An attorney presently working at Harvard Law School as the Head of External Resource Sharing and Faculty Research.  He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University teaching for the School of Law and also teaching for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science.  He has continued to design and teach seminars in legal research methods for the Columbia Law’s Human Rights Institute.  Courtney also lectures on intellectual property and plagiarism for the graduate Communication Management Program at Emerson College.  He graduated with distinction from Suffolk University School of Law, where he was accepted into the school’s specialized Intellectual Property program. He received his MLS from Simmons College in Boston. He is a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly.

Bryce Cunningham

Bryce Cunningham has over a quarter century of experience as an IT professional in both the private and public sectors. Bryce is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), a Commonwealth of Massachusetts agency which monitors the Massachusetts health care system and is the custodian of Massachusetts citizenry’s medical data used in research and analysis.  Bryce was also the founding Manager of IT Security for the City of Boston and developed and managed the City’s first operational security team. He has worked in state and local government on enterprise safeguards, threat and vulnerability mitigation, information security policy, risk assessment, and critical infrastructure protection – such as representing the City of Boston in FEMA’s Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, a regional cyber defense coordination effort. Bryce graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern’s M.S. Information Assurance program in 2010 and holds a CISSP certification.

Michael R. Higgins

Mike Higgins is a veteran security executive with more than 20 years of experience working in the Government and private industry. Today Mike serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for NBCUniversal leading the company’s information security programs.  Previously Mike held executive security positions at The New York Times and LexisNexis.  For more than a decade prior Mike was an executive security consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Time Warner, Citigroup, Sun Microsystems, Merrill Lynch, JPMorganChase, and British Petroleum.  For the last 10+ years Mike has been a visiting lecturer at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and is a former adjunct professor in the Information Assurance Program at The George Washington University.  Mike received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Masters’ from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Frederick J. Howell, Jr., MBA, CISSP

A senior information security assurance specialist with the Bose Corporation. He has over 15 years in Information Security field as a consultant and analyst for Fortune 500 companies. His expertise in the field of digital forensics began back in the early 1990’s while working for the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in Criminal Bureau where he conducted digital forensic examinations.  He is the chapter president of the New England High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a member of the Boston chapter of Infragard and Information System Security Association (ISSA) chapter.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences on cybercrime, digital forensic investigative techniques, and incident response.  He has been teaching at Northeastern since 1998 and in the Information Assurance Graduate program since 2006.

David Reis

David Reis serves as the Vice President of IT Governance, PMO and Security and is the Chief Information Security Officer at Lahey Health in Burlington Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. David’s research interests focus on the intersection of IT Project Management and information security implementations. He holds a variety of IT security certifications including: CGEIT, CISSP, CRISC, and Certified ScrumMaster. He is an active member in a number of associations including the American Legion, ISACA, (ISC)2 and InfraGard. He is a frequent speaker on information security related topics and in the past has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Rosemont College, Drexel University, Merrimack College, and Brandeis University.

Joe J. Rushanan

Principal Mathematician in the Signal Processing Department of The MITRE Corporation. Joe has led numerous initiatives for over 20 years in system security in a variety of national defense programs and in addition has helped shape the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS). He has held adjunct faculty positions at Northeastern University and Bentley College. Dr. Rushanan received a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology also in Mathematics.

Tim Trow

Tim Trow is currently the Information Security Risk Manager for Partner’s Healthcare in Charlestown, MA. He is responsible for managing their company-wide risk management program.  Prior to joining Partner’s, he worked as Senior Security Consultant for Zensar.  He was responsible for conducting security assessments, gap assessments, audits, policy development and managing Zensar’s global Managed Security Services business.  For the last 2 years, he has also been an Adjunct Professor for Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education teaching their information security course.  He received his BS in Business Management from Franklin Pierce College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.  He also obtained a Master’s of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University and holds multiple certifications including the CISSP, PCI QSA and ISO27001.