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Who is Ian Neil?

Ian Neil is one of the world’s top trainers of Security+. He is able to break down information into manageable chunks so that people with no background knowledge can gain the skills required to become certified. He has recently worked for the US Army in Europe and designed a Security+ course that catered to people from all backgrounds (not just IT professionals), with an extremely successful pass rate. He is an MCT, MCSE, A+, Network+, Security+, CASP, and RESILIA practitioner, who, over the past 23 years, has worked with high-end training providers and was one of the first technical trainers to train Microsoft internal staff when they opened their Bucharest Office in 2006.  For the last 6 years he has  delivered Security+ to US Military personnel across Europe and certified over 4,000 military personnel.  Ian has also been delivering the CyberFirst training for GCHQ. 

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Who is John Young?

Like many security experts, John Young started out on the wrong side of the law by as a teenage phone phreak in New York City, using his skills to manipulate the AT&T phone system before turning his focus to cybersecurity. His career began in 1982 and led him to become the network director at McDonnell Douglas’s $41.8 billion C-17 program. After 30 years at IBM, he founded CyberDef, a company where he is recognized as one of America’s leading corporate cybersecurity experts and thought leaders.Young encourages those interested in entering the cybersecurity field not to let their existing skills go to waste but instead to add cybersecurity certifications to their skillset.

Who is Brian Fleming?

Brian Fleming is the founder and CEO of Cyber Threat Intelligence Center, LLC- a cybersecurity firm specializing in threat intelligence, cybersecurity awareness and offensive security. He holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Adlerian Psychology in Leadership and is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a Certified Advanced Persistent Threat Analyst and a Certified Cyber Intelligence Analyst. Through his work with CTIC, Brian has worked personally with dozens on individuals transitioning into cybersecurity from non-IT backgrounds. Brian’s background experience as a US Navy officer, high school English teacher and municipal government officer has given him the empathy to understand the lived experiences of individuals looking to “break into cyber”. His “CTIC Cyber Roadmap” is a careful and precise tool, combining principles of project management, military strategy and educational teaching pedagogy. Brian thrives on helping others to make the exciting, and often difficult, leap into cybersecurity.

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Who is Sabrina Cortes?

Sabrina Cortes is a highly skilled and perceptive writer, creating career documents customized to individual job targets. With an extensive understanding of Applicant Tracking Systems, Sabrina expertly crafts resumes that effectively navigate the scanning process and capture the attention of human recruiters. Moreover, she offers valuable guidance to clients in identifying relevant skills and actionable keywords for their job applications. Additionally, Sabrina showcases her expertise in copywriting by delivering SEO-focused blog posts and web content that resonate with specific target audiences. Leveraging her exceptional resume writing skills, Sabrina is dedicated to assisting job seekers in their pursuit of professional success.

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Who is Jason Brooks?

Jason Brooks, a native of South Central LA, is the visionary behind Relativ.ai, a groundbreaking conversational performance company. By harnessing the power of deep learning, Relativ uncovers the subtle cues within conversational styles that shape both business outcomes and interpersonal dynamics. These cues are transformed into valuable training data for ARIA (Avatars for Realistic Interactions & Analysis), an always-available tool that allows users to refine essential skills within a safe and convenient learning environment, fueled by data-driven scenarios. (ARIA can be found on CJA) Jason’s expertise spans diverse domains, having spent 18 years as a dedicated educator, teaching Mandarin, Spanish, and Mathematics, and fulfilling various administrative roles, including Dean of Faculty and Head of School. With academic credentials from prestigious institutions such as Harvard Graduate School of Education and Qinghua University, Jason’s pioneering work at the intersection of socio-linguistics, behavioral science, and psychology has revolutionized the field of conversational training.

Who is Derek Fisher?

Derek Fisher, an accomplished professional with extensive expertise in product and application security, holds a Masters in Cybersecurity from Boston University. As the Head of Product Security at a global fintech company, Derek carries the responsibility of ensuring the utmost security for the organization’s products and services. Renowned for his profound knowledge in cybersecurity, he is widely sought after as a speaker, instructor, and author in the field. Derek’s remarkable contributions include a popular children’s book series on cybersecurity and the authorship of “The Application Security Handbook.”Derek’s dedication to the industry is demonstrated through his role as a university instructor at Temple University, where he educates students on the importance of software development security. With a background in hardware engineering, Derek’s journey into cybersecurity began and flourished, enabling him to lead teams and implement robust information security strategies in healthcare and financial organizations. His emphasis on raising security awareness and promoting secure code development has played a pivotal role in delivering software solutions with enhanced security measures.

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Who is Madhu Maganti?

Madhu Maganti is a goal-oriented cybersecurity/IT advisory leader with over 20 years of experience leading high-performance teams. Known for his hands-on leadership style, he instills teamwork and commitment while maintaining a reputation for integrity and dependability. Madhu is highly knowledgeable in both technical and business principles, specializing in cybersecurity risk assessments, regulatory compliance, and system and organization controls reporting. He has delivered speeches and authored articles as a thought leader in the field. With a track record of successful engagements, he has managed projects in the healthcare, finance, technology, energy, and higher education sectors, driving organizations toward cybersecurity excellence. Additionally, Madhu Maganti will leverage his expertise to instruct CJA students on Management Consulting 101, providing insights into the field and explaining the various roles within management consulting

Who is Tammy Klotz?

Tammy Klotz is an internationally experienced executive with over 30 years of industry expertise in security, audit, compliance, and technology. Specializing in OT Security within the Manufacturing & Utilities Industry, she has demonstrated leadership by defining and delivering major IT and security strategies, global cyber programs, and IT-enabled business transformation efforts. With a passionate and vibrant communication style, Tammy Klotz excels as a storyteller and relationship builder, effortlessly distilling complex IT and cybersecurity risks into practical, non-technical discussions. Tammy Klotz’s innate ability to focus on the human element has resulted in a track record of cultivating teamwork, and collaboration and developing high-performing teams. Leveraging her extensive expertise in supplier relationship management, vendor risk management, cyber training and awareness, and OT Security, she will effectively capitalize on her knowledge and experience in these areas.