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Cybersecurity Instructors

Dr. Sridhar Palle

Dr. Sridhar Palle

Dr. Palle is a computational scientist with expertise in high performance Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computer Aided Engineering applications. Dr. Palle is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Palle holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mississippi. Dr. Palle is also the recipient of "Outstanding Research and Excellence" award at NGC, Jackson State University.

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Dr. Flavio  Villanustre

Dr. Flavio Villanustre

Flavio Villanustre is Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Security Officer for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a global organization providing big data/analytical solutions to help customers better manage risk and improve outcomes. In this role, Mr. Villanustre has been responsible for global Information Security for this organization for 10+ years. He also leads the open source HPCC Systems Big Data platform initiative. Previously, Mr. Villanustre was an MD and a neurosurgeon.

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Deborah Wheeler

Deborah Wheeler

Deborah is currently Global Chief Information Security Officer for Delta Air Lines. Previous experience includes roles as Chief Information Security Officer for Fifth Third Bank, Ally Financial, and Freddie Mac, as well as Director of Information Security Programs at JPMorgan Chase and PNC Bank. Deborah is a board member of both the Aviation ISAC and the IBM Security Board of Advisors. Deborah holds a CISSP certification and a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Colorado.

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Dr. Humayun Zafar

Dr. Humayun Zafar

Dr. Humayun Zafar is a Professor of Information Security and Assurance and the FinTech Program Coordinator at Kennesaw State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2014, he received an award from the Graduate School at Kennesaw State for his Research and Creative Activity. In 2019, he received the Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award for his contributions to cybersecurity education. He holds certifications including CEH, CISM, and CRISC.

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Ben Halpert

Ben Halpert

Ben is the VP of Risk and Corporate Security at Ionic Security Inc., with global experience in Risk Management, Cyber Security, Physical Security, Audit, Privacy, and Compliance. In 2007, he founded the nonprofit Savvy Cyber Kids, focusing on cyber ethics education. Ben published Auditing Cloud Computing: A Security and Privacy Guide and contributed to other Ethics and Information Security publications. He is the award-winning author of The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home children's book series.

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Mark D. Gelhardt

Mark D. Gelhardt

Mark started his technology career in the US Army and is currently a Colonel in the Georgia National Guard. He was nominated and selected to work at the White House as the CIO/CISO equivalent. He is a combat veteran; Since retiring from the service, Mark has held multiple leadership positions in IT, InfoSec and Cybersecurity. Currently Mark is the VP, Technology Governance for US Bank/Elavon. Mark's military honors include the Presidential Service Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal and others.

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JoEtta LeSueur

JoEtta LeSueur

JoEtta LeSueur has over 13 years' experience in the technology industry with five years in information security. JoEtta has a Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security. She currently holds a CISSP certification. She is currently employed as a senior product security manager at Ionic Security and an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University.

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Dr. Abi Salimi

Dr. Abi Salimi

Dr. Salimi is an experienced technology professional in cybersecurity, health IT, process improvement and education. He has a doctorate in Computer Science and more than 30 years of cumulative experience in process improvement, all phases of software development life cycle, project management, health IT and cybersecurity. He is a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at University of North Georgia. He is one of the founders and past president of the Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN.)

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