Alumni: Biographies

Alumni:

SANS Technology Institute offers its alumni the opportunity to post a short bio on the STI website. The following alumni requested that their bio be posted.

Bong, Kevin. Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute, 2009.

Kevin Bong in an Information Assurance Consultant with SynerComm Inc. of Brookfield, WI, where he performs penetration tests, audits, web application tests, risk assessments, incident response and forensics. Prior to consulting, Kevin worked for 12 years in multiple information security leadership roles as a Vice President for Johnson Financial Group. Kevin has a BS in Computer Science and Physics from Carroll University and an MS in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute, and holds multiple certifications including the PMP and the GIAC GSE. Kevin is also an amateur astronomer, beekeeper, author and instructor, creator of the MiniPwner pen testing drop box, and a pretty neat dad.

Conrad, Eric. Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute, 2009.

Certified SANS instructor Eric Conrad is lead author of the book The CISSP Study Guide. Eric's career began in 1991 as a UNIX systems administrator for a small oceanographic communications company. He gained information security experience in a variety of industries, including research, education, power, Internet, and health care. He is now president of Backshore Communications, a company focusing on intrusion detection, incident handling, information warfare, and penetration testing. He is a graduate of the SANS Technology Institute with a master of science degree in information security engineering. In addition to the CISSP, he holds the prestigious GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification as well as the GIAC GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GAWN, and GSEC certifications. Eric also blogs about information security at http://www.ericconrad.com

Proffitt, Timothy - Master of Science Degree in Information Security Management, SANS Technology Institute, 2010.

Tim Proffitt manages all aspects of technology security for the nation's leading PEO, Administaff Inc. He has spent the last ten years in the Houston TX area strengthening the security posture for Administaff. Prior to Administaff he spent time as a network engineer and consultant for several mid-sized companies. Tim has over 23 industry certifications such as the CISSP, MCSE, NNCDE, CCSA and various GIAC certifications. He also holds a Master of Science in Information Security Management from SANS Technology Institute, and a BS in Computing Science from Sam Houston State.

Santander, Manuel - Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute, 2010.

Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez is the CISO of Empresas Publicas de MedellĂ­n, the largest utility company in Colombia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Security Engineering from SANS Technology Institute and also GIAC GCFA , GCIA, GCIH, GSEC and GPPA certifications. He has 16 years of experience in the field and his topics of interest include computer forensics, intrusion detection, security management models and malware analysis. He is currently a community SANS instructor, member of the GIAC Ethics Council and SANS Internet Storm Center handler. His personal webpage is http://manuel.santander.name and contact e-mail: manuel@santander.name

Smith, Rick - Master of Science Degree in Information Security Engineering, SANS Technology Institute, 2009.

Rick Smith is a Principal Cyber Security Engineer for Science Application INternational Corporation (SAIC) where he provides information security consulting services to Department of Defense, other federal civilian government agencies, and commercial organization. Rick holds the GIAC Security Expert certification and several other GIAC certifications including GSNA, GPEN, GWAPT, and GAWN. His other IT certifications include CISSP, ISSEP, CISA and, MCSE+I. Rick is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board and is an instructor in the Community SANS.. Rick holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Information Security Engineering Degree from The SANS Technology Institute.