Topic: Data Security/Hacking
Edgar Maldonado is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University. A native Venezuelan with an extensive professional and academic background in engineering, he has spent several years designing and implementing network solutions and systems internationally.
He has experience as a software support engineer for banking networks, with projects in Venezuela and the Caribbean. Before joining MSU Denver, he worked at an IT consulting firm in Denver.
Maldonado specializes in the socioeconomic aspects of information technology and is well versed on the topics of computer security, cyber terrorism, public policies and information systems technologies, including emergency management.
He is aware of the major issues concerning intellectual property as applicable to technology patents and is an asset to the implementation of multicultural information systems. His scholarly work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and he was a leader for one of the national level case studies in the “Research of Emergency Capacity Building,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation, as a research assistant at Penn State University.
Richard Mac Namee is the director of the Cybersecurity Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, intelligence operations, covert operations, nuclear security and cybersecurity. He currently teaches Cybersecurity Capstone for senior students.
Prior to joining MSU Denver, Mac Namee worked as a British Army officer, whose service included the Household Division’s Scots Guards and being an operator and commander in the United Kingdom’s Special Forces. His service required him to deploy to numerous locations throughout the world commanding operations conducted in the interests of national security, including being seconded to the U.K.’s Security Service (MI5).
Following a recall to military service as a Special Operations commander from 2009 to 2011 as part of the U.S. surge into Afghanistan, Mac Namee was recruited by a Tier One research university in the U.S. and appointed as a professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. There, he delivered graduate-level classes in Counter-Terrorism, Intelligence Operations and Covert Operations, as well as Technical and Cybersecurity Operations. Mac Namee returned to private practice in September 2018 to deliver Counter-U.A.S. technologies into Thailand as well as Artificial Intelligence Cybersolutions for a large Mexican bank.
Since retiring from the military, Mac Namee has successfully established and led several profitable commercial enterprises in the private sector in the fields of business intelligence, security and risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his services with Special Operations. He is the author of “The 5W’s of Terrorism,” which was published in the 5th International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security and Safeguards in 2016.
Janos T. Fustos, Ph.D., is a tenured professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He specializes in web development, web site administration, web programming and information systems security.
Fustos is actively involved in service through his role of chairing the ABET accreditation committee in the CIS Department and the AACSB technology committee in the College of Business as well as serving on the university-wide committees that determine IT strategies, policies and procedures. He helped the CIS department receive the re-accreditation for ABET. Fustos co-sponsored the creation of the Health Care Information Systems undergraduate program. He maintains his AQ status by engaging in professional development activities focused on the impact of technology in training and learning; and global aspects of information system education. He regularly attends conferences, professional presentations, workshops and seminars related to his professional interest areas and accreditation.
Fustos received his doctorate in engineering management in 1993, masters in chemical engineering in 1982, and a bachelor’s in factory operations management in 1980 from University of Veszprem, Hungary.
Meg Bertoni, Ph.D., is an affiliate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her courses taught include Criminal Justice and the Social Structure, Criminological Theories, Institutional Corrections, Introduction to Corrections and Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Justice, Victimology, Research Methods and Statistics, Punishment and Society, White Collar Crime, Undergraduate Capstone in Cybersecurity and graduate-level Theories of Cybercrime.
Bertoni has spent nearly three decades working in higher education. She has taught courses and seminars in multiple disciplines, from humanities to social and behavioral sciences, to STEM and specializes in cross-disciplinary theory and methods. Her areas of research are in transnational crime, international security (including cybersecurity) and applications of nonlinear dynamics to problems in the social and behavioral sciences. She has conducted research projects about everything from policy issues and voting behavior, to national hurricane insurance, traffic patterns, how people make investment decisions, stranded energy assets and optimal orchard design.
Bertoni received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 2007, her master’s in world religion and conflict resolution from Harvard University in 1994 and her bachelor’s in literature and publishing from Emerson College in 1992.
Steve Beaty, Ph.D., has an extensive background in both the theoretic and pragmatic aspects of computers and networks. He wrote compilers at Cray Computer, managed a large group of developers and was a software test architect at Hewlett-Packard. He was also the security team lead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
At Metropolitan State University of Denver, Beaty is currently a professor of Computer Science and has served as chair of the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department and interim vice-president for Information Technology. He works on a number of open-source projects, consults with a variety of businesses and interviews regularly with the media.