My name is Brian. I'm an Instructional Faculty member and Dean's Teaching Fellow for the Information Systems & Operations Management Academic Unit at George Mason University's (GMU) School of Business. I have been teaching in Higher Education since January 2018, and have been at GMU since August 2012 (my freshmen year!). My teaching areas of responsibility are focused in the fields of information security management and business process improvement.
In addition to my experience in academia, I have over a decade of experience in Application Security, Cyber Policy and Assessment, Process Improvement, RDT&E Program Management, Operations Management, & Training in the industry. Most of my work has been in support to the U.S. Federal Government and the corproation, but some of my cyber policy and assessment related work have been for international clients in the UAE as well. I started out at Parsons Corporation as a software engineering intern back in 2013, which has led me to roles within the company such as Deputy (to the VP) for the Space & Technology Group, as well as Deputy (to the VP) for Digital Engineering Programs.
To keep up with the ever changing fields of technology and cyber security, I hold memberships with PMI, [(ISC)2], ISACA, & EC-Council. In addition, I hold a Cyber Executive Membership with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). I also participate in the development of questions on certification exams administered by [(ISC)2] – the organization best known for the CISSP credential. I am also very honored to be one of a select few in the world (#87) who holds the CISSP credential with all three concentrations (Architecture, Engineering, & Management).
Outside of academia and work, I enjoy traveling, cruising, and the occasional round of bad golf. And yes, I do my best to workout three times a week, but I'll be honest, I dread every minute of it. I also enjoy dabbling in real estate and securities investments, which is something my first boss really influenced me into during my 2013 Parsons Internship. We all need a healthy hobby right?
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Information Technology
[George Mason University College of Engineering & Computing, 2019 - 2023 (expected)]
Masters of Science (MS): Applied Information Technology (Cyber Security)
[George Mason University College of Engineering & Computing, 2016 - 2017]
Bachelors of Science (BS): Applied Information Technology (Information Security)
[George Mason University College of Engineering & Computing, 2012 - 2016]
Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Certified Information Systems Security Architecture, Engineering, & Management Professional
(CISSP-ISSAP, ISSEP, & ISSMP)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC)
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Mentors Are Very Important
So I strive to have many mentors in different areas of my life and career because I want to continuously grow and be better.
Belal A.Fattah, PhD
Tom Sheehan, SES (Ret.)
Associate Professor & Dean's Teaching Fellow, ISOM Unit at George Mason University
Founding Director, Masters in Information Technology Program (Ret.) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mihai Boicu, PhD
Associate Director of the Learning Agents Center and Associate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology at George Mason University
Nirup Menon, PhD
Professor & Dean's Scholar - ISOM Unit at George Mason University
Ken Carter, CISSP, PMP
Senior Manager, Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security at Ernst & Young
Mauro Farinelli, USAF Col. (Ret.)
Vice President, International Programs (Ret.) at Parsons Corporation (My First Boss)
Jerome Gates Sr.
Lieutenant at the U.S. Park Police (Ret.) and Background Investigator at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (Ret.) (He gave me my first computer)
Al Hemphill, SES (Ret.)
Vice President, Digital Engineering Programs at Parsons Corporation
Principal Systems Engineer at Parsons Corporation
Steve Rosser, PMP
Program Executive (Ret.) at Parsons Corporation (My First Big Boss)
Darren Singleton, CISSP, CISM
Senior Cyber Security Advisor at DXC Technology
Tom Winston, PhD
Director, Intelligence Content at Dragos (My First - and the BEST - Cyber Security Professor)