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

Kevin Amorin is engineering director at BitSIght where he is responsible for delivering their cyber risk rating platform. He has more then fifteen years of 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 University¹s College of Computer Science. Since 2008 Kevin has been the coach/advisor 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 has won the Northeast region twice, and in 2010 won the National 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.

Kyle Courtney

Kyle K. Courtney is an intellectual property attorney presently working as Copyright Advisor for Harvard University.  In this role, he works to establish a culture of shared understanding of legal issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the Information Policy Advisor for the edX online classes at HarvardX. He also currently teaches a section at Harvard Law School, training first year law students on the fundamentals of legal research in the Legal Research and Writing program.  Before joining Harvard University, Kyle worked at Harvard Law School as the manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship.  He currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: as a Faculty Scholar for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at the School of Law, and teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” for the interdisciplinary Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science.  He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.  He is a published author and frequent speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, and the law.  Kyle’s latest chapter on copyright law is forthcoming in Libraries in the Digital Age, by Scarecrow Press.  His class blog on Cyberlaw is at http://cyberlaw101.wordpress.com/ and his main blog is http://kylecourtney.com.

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.

Oleg Kolesnikov

Oleg currently serves as Senior Director of Cyber Security for Prelert where he is responsible for detecting Advanced Cyber Threats using Machine Learning/Anomaly Detection and Behavior Analysis. He has 15+ years of experience in the area of Information Security, including senior technical, research, and executive roles at Top Layer, ISS X-Force, and Berkeley Lab, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. His publications include papers in the areas of Anomaly Detection, Software Security, Network Security, and Intrusion Detection and Prevention in such conferences as IEEE Security & Privacy and USENIX Security. He holds multiple security industry certifications, including Incident Response (FireEye), Exploit Development (Blackhat), Unethical Hacking (Immunity), CICP (Core Impact), CISSP etc. Oleg received his M.S. degree in Information Security from Georgia Tech. He is the author of two issued US patents and a book in Network Security.

Scott J. Mancini

Scott is a 2007 graduate of Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program. He completed his undergraduate work at Roger Williams University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice. Scott has over 30 years of combined information security, investigative and risk management experience in both the Defense and Law Enforcement industries. After a 21 year career in law enforcement, he now serves as the Information Security Manager at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In his current capacity, Scott manages all aspects of the Laboratory’s Information Security program functions and assigned personnel in support of National Security. Scott’s experience includes leading technical, incident response, and operational teams, as well as managing the implementation of enterprise-level information security solutions. His focus includes computer forensics, risk management and IT security compliance.

Jason Marchant

Jason is currently the Enterprise InfoSec Risk Officer for Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital – two large academic medical centers. He and his team are responsible for managing information security-related risk across Partners, including clinical, non-clinical and research systems, and its diverse pool of vendors. Jason has worked in information security for 15 years specializing in balancing security needs and business requirements. He has worked in several verticals of varying security maturity including the private sector, academia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and healthcare. Jason received his Master in Business Administration from Webster University and his Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management. He currently holds his CISSP, GSNA, CRISC, CISA, ITIL, and MCSA:Security certifications and has held the GCIH and GSEC certifications in the past.

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.