Governance: Administrators


Administrators for SANS Technology Institute provide leadership to carry out plans and activities in support of the college's goals and objectives. STI administrators create and design appropriate processes and services to support students and the learning environment.

Calhoon, Katherine Webb

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor's degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting, San Jose State University
  • Director of Courseware/Books Management

Katherine Webb Calhoon earned her bachelor's degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting, with a minor in Journalism, from San Jose State University. Her career has included coordinating visitor services and a volunteer program for the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau and serving as Associate Director of Communications for the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Following her tenure at the chamber, she was the Chief Development Officer for InnVision, a nonprofit organization providing services to the homeless. While at the chamber and InnVision, Katherine planned high profile fundraising events with luminaries such as Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, and Christopher Reeve.

Cole, Dr. Eric

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Ph.D., Computer Science, Pace University
  • Field of Experience
    Information Security Expert. See details below.
  • Email:
  • MSISE Program Director
  • SANS Faculty Fellow
  • Course Lead
  • Course Author
  • STI Committee Member

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole was the lone inductee into the InfoSec European Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

Gouker, Toby

  • Most Advanced Degree
    PhD, Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University
  • Field of Experience
    IT-Enabled Change Management
  • Provost

Dr. Gouker has over 30 years of management experience in industry and academia. His industry experience includes serving as: Chief Strategy Officer for a federal contractor, leading business development and strategic growth on DHS, DoD, and VA contracts; Chief Operating Officer for another federal contractor where he managed contracts in training and IT Services for a variety of civilian branches (NIH, FDA, NSF); and Director of Operations for a biotech firm where he managed day-to-day operations at eleven international facilities. Dr. Gouker's academic experience includes serving as: Provost at Lyman Spalding Institute, where led the effort to build a global continuing education program for scientists and engineers to ensure pharmaceutical workforce capacity; Vice President of University Affairs at American Graduate University, where he functioned as the lead academic and operating officer; and Executive Director at Laureate Education, Inc. where he led National Technological University through its merger with Walden University. Dr. Gouker holds Adjunct Faculty status at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, American Graduate University, and DeVry University where he has taught a variety of technology, project management, and general management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is also the co-author of the Control Account Manager's Handbook.

Hammer, Richard

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master of Science in Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute
  • Field of Experience
    See details below.
  • STI Course Advisor
  • Director on the Board of SANS Technology Institute

Richard is currently a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a senior Network/System administrator, Organizational Computer Security Representative (OCSR), and Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for the Advanced Nuclear Technology group (N-2). He has experience with most operating systems and many programming languages. Network and System security has become a larger part of his job description in the last ten years; Richard attended his first SANS conference in 1998. He is a former high school Mathematics and Computer Science teacher and is currently teaching Networks I&II, Server Configuration, and System Security courses at the College of Santa Fe. He currently holds GIAC GSEC, GCFW, GCIA, GCIH, GCUX, GCNA, and GSPA certifications. He is a former Chair/Vice Chair of the GCFW advisory board and was the first graduate of the SANS Technology Institute (MSISE).

Jorgensen, Deborah

  • Director - Talent

Deborah began her career with SANS in 2003 and currently manages 40+ SANS instructors. She is also responsible for recruitment and development of new instructors. Previously, she owned a marketing/graphic design business, managed resellers of a software developer company and was the fiscal manager of a domestic violence agency.

Logue, Peggy

  • Most Advanced Degree
    MBA, Southeastern University
  • Chief Business Officer

Peggy Logue is also the Controller for SANS Institute with a team of eleven performing the finance, registration, purchasing and conference related functions for the organization. Peggy has a B.S. in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA from Southeastern University. Prior to coming to SANS in September 2007, she worked for Airbus, North America for 21 years in the Finance Department, with her most recent position as the Business Controller.

Moore, Shelley

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas
  • Assistant Director, Enrollment Management & Communications

As Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Communications, Shelley Moore is primarily responsible for guiding student enrollment activities, from counseling prospective applicants, overseeing the admissions process, and supporting students as they progress through the program. She works alongside the registrar and academic advisors to help manage and track current students and their academic progress, and is actively engaged in student outreach and other marketing efforts for the Institute. Prior to joining the SANS Technology Institute, Shelley worked in clinical research at UT Southwestern in Dallas, specifically in subject enrollment and retention, and cohort management. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Northcutt, Stephen

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Science, Mary Washington College
  • Director, Academic Advising
  • Ex-Officio Director on the Board of SANS Technology Institute
  • SANS Faculty Fellow
  • Course Author
  • Course Lead
  • STI Committee Member
  • STI Faculty Advisor

Stephen Northcutt founded the GIAC certification and served as the founding president of the SANS Technology Institute, an accredited graduate school focused on cyber security. Stephen is author/coauthor of Incident Handling Step-by-Step, Intrusion Signatures and Analysis, Inside Network Perimeter Security 2nd Edition, IT Ethics Handbook, and Network Intrusion Detection 3rd Edition. He was the original author of the Shadow Intrusion Detection system before accepting the position of chief for information warfare at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Stephen is a graduate of Mary Washington College. Before entering the field of computer security, he worked as a Navy helicopter search and rescue crewman, white water raft guide, chef, martial arts instructor, cartographer, and network designer.

Since 2007 Stephen has conducted over 40 in-depth interviews with leaders in the security industry, from CEOs of security product companies to the most well-known practitioners, in order to research the competencies required to be a successful leader in the security field. He maintains the SANS Leadership Laboratory, where research on these competencies is posted, as well as SANS Security Musings. He leads the Management 512 Alumni Forum, where hundreds of security managers post questions. He is the lead author for Management 512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, a prep course for the GSLC certification that meets all levels of requirements for DoD Security Managers per DoD 8570. He also is the lead author/instructor for Management 514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Stephen blogs at the SANS Security Laboratory and is on the NewsBites and SANS Analyst teams. He has been involved in a number of security startups including SourceFire, Tenable, Savant Protection and Zimperium and currently serves as director of academic advising for SANS.EDU.

Paller, Alan

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Masters, Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and B.S., Engineering, Cornell University.
  • Field of Experience
    Public Policy and Marketing Security in Large Organizations. See details below.
  • President of SANS Technology Institute
  • Advisor on Presentations

Alan Paller is the president for SANS Technology Institute and director of research for the SANS Institute, responsible for projects ranging from the Internet Storm Center (the Internet√¬√¬≠s early warning system with 500,000 sensors around the world) to the Top Ten Security Menaces of the coming year. He also edits NewsBites, the twice-weekly summary of the most important news stories in security. But he says his most satisfying responsibility is finding people who have solved important security problems and helping SANS 85,000 alumni in 60 countries learn about those people and their discoveries.

Alan earned degrees in computer science and engineering from Cornell and MIT. He wrote hundreds of articles on computer graphics, EIS and computer security, and authored two books, The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers and How to Give the Best Presentation of Your Life.

He has testified before the House and Senate, and in 2001 the President named Alan as one of the original members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2005 the Federal CIO Council chose him as its annual Azimuth Award winner recognizing his singular vision and outstanding service to government information technology.

His degrees are from Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Scott, Matthew

  • Most Advanced Degree
    M.A. degree in Educational Administration and Leadership, University of Pacific
  • Director for Institutional Effectiveness

As the Director for Institutional Effectiveness for STI, Matthew Scott coordinates and documents both the student learning outcomes assessment and the institutional effectiveness processes. Currently, Matthew spearheads the Self-Study for the college's accreditation by MSCHE. He and the Director of Enrollment Management also manage student enrollment. Matthew received a B.A. degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a M.A. degree in Educational Administration and Leadership, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Pacific. Matthew's research interests include educational policy, leadership, and student learning assessment.

Turley, David

  • Most Advanced Degree
    M.S. in Information Systems
  • Vice President of Operations

David Turley oversees the Network Operations Centers housing SANS production and development environments, and he manages the SANS systems administrators. In addition, he is the Privacy and Compliance Officer for SANS. David also serves as production manager and final editor on SANS NewsBites. Prior to joining SANS, David worked on various Internet development projects, including one of the first secure Internet applications used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also developed web-based system management tools while working with a contractor at the Pentagon. David developed "pre-Ebay" Internet auction systems and was a consultant to organizations setting up Internet commerce sites. He holds a M.S. degree in Information Systems.

Ullrich, Ph.D., Johannes

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Ph.D. Physics, SUNY Albany
  • Field of Experience
    Information Security Research Expert. See details below
  • STI Dean of Research
  • SANS Senior Instructor
  • STI Committee Member
  • STI & SANS Chief Research Officer
  • Manager of GIAC Gold Program
  • Manager of the Internet Storm Center

As Dean of Research for the SANS Technology Institute, Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded in 2000, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in Physics from SUNY Albany and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. His daily podcast summarizes current security news in a concise format.



Johannes has an excellent teaching approach and did a great job of fighting the brain overload later in the day. - Brad Meyers, Molina Healthcare

Voorhees, James

  • Most Advanced Degree
    Ph.D., Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • MSISM Program Director, SANS

Jim Voorhees was named MSISM Program Director of SANS Technology Institute (STI) in November 2011. A graduate of STI, Dr. Voorhees has had a varied career in government and private industry. He earned his Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies after earning degrees in International Affairs from the George Washington University and working on the editorial staff of the International Food Policy Research Institute. After writing a book for the Kettering Foundation (Dialogue Sustained) and experience with Kettering, the Congressional Research Service, and IREX, Dr. Voorhees entered the IT industry as a technical writer, he quickly moved on to systems administration, then IT security and SANS. He has worked on security at several government agencies, including the FBI and the IRS, and currently works for Sage Management as a Network Security Engineer on a DOD contract.