Andrea Di Fabio is currently an Information Assurance Consultant with Amazon Web Services, where he works with large enterprise customers to operationalize the cloud shared responsibility model by defining and delivering innovative compliance and risk management approaches to customers’ sensitive cloud workloads.
Additionally, Andrea is a member of four prestigious CompTIA committees: The Executive Advisory Board, the Governance Board, the Technical Advisory Committee, and the Certification Development Committee. In these roles, Andrea helps facilitate the recruitment of qualified IT professionals worldwide and provides CompTIA with the support and expertise needed during the planning and development of globally recognized IT certifications.
In his previous life, Andrea served four years as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Associate CIO at East Tennessee State University, 11 years as Norfolk State University’s CISO and two years as CIO, while teaching a wide range of hands-on IT security classes and volunteering with local schools and ham radio clubs.
Andrea served on the Tennessee Board of Regents CISO committee and as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Council, where he recommended statewide strategic direction on information security and privacy-related initiatives. Finally, Andrea served as a member of the InfraGard Board of Directors. He was the InfraGard's Information Technology sector chief for Hampton Roads.
Andrea is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Information Assurance at Nova Southeastern University to inspire his young kids about the benefits of continued self-improvement and education. Andrea completed his Master of Science in Computer Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he also earned a Bachelor in Computer Engineering.
Dr. Meredith Dodd holds a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, where her primary research focus was on analyzing data for a chronic pain clinic, the Productive Rehabilitation Institute in Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE). After graduation, Dr. Dodd worked as a full-time embedded contractor in the Army Public Health Center’s (APHC) Public Health Assessment Division. Her data science work supported Army Medical Command programs. Collectively, Dr. Dodd’s work with PRIDE and the APHC has resulted in over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. Dr. Dodd became the head of the Data Science program at Woz U, an Education as a Service company, where she won awards for increasing her student body seventeen-fold and completely revised the data science curriculum to keep up with the fast-paced field of data science. Dr. Dodd serves as a subject matter expert (SME) for CompTIA, recently helping to launch Data + and remaining involved with CompTIA’s new certifications, Data Foundations + and Data Science +. Currently, Dr. Dodd is a data scientist with Strata Decision Technology, a fintech company located in the healthcare space. She is working to heal healthcare!
Ryan Frillman joined Spire Inc. in March 2015 as the Director of Information Security and Compliance. Before joining Spire, Ryan Frillman worked for MITRE supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) at USTRANSCOM located at Scott AFB in Cyber Security. Prior to USTRANSCOM he supported the DoD for Future Combat Systems (FCS) and PEO Integration (PEO-I) as a Senior Technical Advisor. He started his professional career in Quincy, IL supporting John Wood Community College as a helpdesk technician progressing to a Server/Systems/Network Administrator and as an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science. Since 2005, Ryan Frillman serves on the CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Board (EAB) and has been a Subject Matter Expert for CompTIA since 2002. Mr. Frillman graduated with his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Western Illinois University and has a Master of Business Administration with emphasis on Information Technology from University of Phoenix. He holds several certifications; CISSP, CEH, ECSA, CCSK, CASP, A+, Network+, Security+ and others. Mr. Frillman is also a board member and president of the St. Louis Chapter for the Security Advisor Alliance.
Alex Irigoyen is an information security operations manager at First American leading a team of security analysts. Alex has been in the IT industry since 2000 with a strong background in network administration and information security. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Awareness and Security Management from California State University in San Bernardino and a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in GIS from the University of Redlands. He began his IT career in the DoD as a United States Marine and then as a contractor with Lockheed Martin as a Senior Network Engineer. Alex has been involved with CompTIA as a subject matter expert since 2008 and is currently a member of the CompTIA Subject Matter Expert Technical Advisory Committee as well as the CompTIA Governance Committee.
Sean Manning is currently with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), and has over 12 years of experience in deeply technical and complex aspects of full lifecycle systems engineering and with overarching cyber warfare programs. This includes leadership in cybersecurity architecture and design, software engineering, research and development, prototyping, integration and test, as well as operations and sustainment. In his work with APL, Sean specializes in advancing the state of cybersecurity for military operational and tactical systems, particularly for those across a breadth of Navy and Marine aviation programs.
Before joining APL, Sean worked as a contractor, consulting on emergent DoD programs to enable secure enterprise and tactical mobility capabilities using commercial technologies at varied levels of information security classification. He also led the development of standards-based, automated security configuration management capabilities and tools in order to automate diagnostics and mitigations and increase the resiliency of DoD systems to attack. These projects yielded much-needed DoD enterprise situational awareness and continuous monitoring capabilities to support warfighters and decision makers alike. Finally, the first 7 years of Mr. Manning’s career was as a United States Air Force (USAF) uniformed service member, where he served in a number of increasingly complex technical and management capacities around the globe.
Sean actively supports the CompTIA SME Technical Advisory Committee (CSTAC), CompTIA exam development efforts, and is a member of the CompTIA Cyber Advisory Board (CCAB). Sean holds the CISSP, CASP, CEH and Security+.
Damien Manuel is an adjunct professor at Deakin University and is the Chairperson of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), the peak body for cyber security in Australia.
His former roles include Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB) where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally and senior roles at RSA, Telstra, Ericsson and Melbourne IT. Damien is currently on the Victorian Ombudsman’s Audit and Risk Committee, the board of RSA Australia, the Advisory Board for OCSC, the chair of Standards Australia’s Standards development committee for cyber security and privacy and is on the audit and risk committee for the Australian Conservation Foundation. Damien also helps mentor entrepreneurs through CyRise, Australia’s only cyber security start-up accelerator.
Damien has supported CompTIA for over 20 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification. His passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.
Underpinning his over 25 years of experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus. Damien also has a background in genetic engineering and is passionate about science.
Lee Myers is a Security Assurance Consultant for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Professional Services. Formerly, Lee was the CIO for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where he served for 23 years. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Technology and a Master of Science in Information Systems, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Lee has worked with CompTIA since 2007, participating in workshops as well as the CompTIA Subject Matter Expert Technical Advisory Committee, Executive Advisory Board, and Governance Committee. He specializes in security, Linux, networking, cloud services, governance, risk and compliance possessing several certifications such as CASP+, CISSP, Pentest+, CySa+, Linux+ and several others from CompTIA, AWS, Microsoft, LogicalOperations, Dell and Novell.
Tim Niles has worked in various IT roles since 2000, from desktop support to his current role as the Head of Enterprise Applications at Duo Security. In addition to holding several CompTIA certifications, he has been a member of the CompTIA Subject Matter Expert Technical Advisory Committee since 2008 and currently serves on the CompTIA Certification Governance Committee and Executive Advisory Board. Tim obtained his bachelor's degree in information technology from Central Michigan University and earned his MBA with a focus in technology leadership from Michigan State University.
Phil Norton has been working in IT for over a decade, primarily in healthcare and publishing. He is currently a systems analyst at Sourcebooks, Inc., where he administers their SAP system and helps drive the technology behind a new breed of book publishing. He enjoys many facets of technology, but has found a passion for databases and networking. Phil has worked with CompTIA for the past five years, focusing primarily on CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician. He is also proud to serve on the association’s Executive Advisory Board and Governance Committee, where he helps ensure the quality and integrity of the exams stays true to CompTIA's vision.
Justin Opatrny is a Cyber Security Consultant for General Mills, specializing in industrial control systems (ICS) security with previous roles in security, networking, and systems administration. He has been working on various initiatives with CompTIA since 2007; including the Executive Advisory Board, CompTIA Subject Matter Expert Technical Advisory Committee, exam development, and several SME opportunities.
Craig Pearce is a senior security engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Craig's background includes security architecture, threat modelling, penetration testing, code review and managing security assurance teams. Craig is based in the USA but has previously worked in Australia and United Kingdom. Other past roles have included sessional lecturing at RMIT University and participating with Standards Australia for the ISO 27000 series.
Since 2009, Craig has been a subject matter expert for CompTIA and has participated in a number of workshops and committees for the CompTIA Security+ and the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner and Cyber Security Analyst+ exams. Craig is a current member of the CompTIA governance committee.
Richard Rieben is a Partner and HITRUST practice lead at Linford & Co., where he leads audits and assessments covering various frameworks including HITRUST, SOC, CMMC, and NIST. Richard holds several CompTIA certifications including CASP+, CySA+, Security+, Project+ and others. With over 20 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity and industry certifications including PMP, CISSP and GSNA, Richard is skilled in helping growing organizations achieve their information security and compliance goals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an MBA from Western Governors University.
Luiz is an IT Security professional with 23 years of experience garnering varied technical expertise working in large global companies, managing local and remote teams. Mr Vieira delivered complex projects with a global impact, such as the Rio2016 Summer Olympic games, acting as the Head of IT Security. Vieria also worked as a CISO for global companies based in the Netherlands. Currently, Luiz acts as a Principal for Auditing Services in the Security Assurance area at AWS, based in Amsterdam.
Luiz also was a cybersecurity instructor who delivered a wide range of training for Brazilian Military Forces (Navy, Air Force, and Army), Government's sectors (Fed prosecutors, TRE, TJ), and Civil Police (High Tech Crime Investigation's Department).