While creating the Computer Security Program for Mission Operations at Johnson Space Center, I was also teaching college classes at night. One day on a trip from Houston to Austin I stopped into a Wendy's. The lady behind the counter said, "I know you. You are the professor that taught me about computers. Today is my last day in this job. Tomorrow I start a job using what you taught me."
It is difficult to put value into helping others, but the mission here is do just that.
The name is an obvious spinoff of Johnny Appleseed. Where he was planting seeds to grow trees, I am planting security seeds to improve security awareness and grow the profession.
To educate people about the evils of the internet and to motivate people to become Cyber Security Professionals.
The home of Cyber Security Sam TM
If I can keep one child or grandparent from being scammed, or one company from being hacked, or help one business to be able to avoid a cyber event, my mission will have been accomplished.
Rich began his cyber security adventure in the in the Army Security Agency (ASA). The primary customer of the ASA was the National Security Agency (NSA). In his less than 10 years in the ASA, he achieved the rank of SFC as an Electronic Warfare (EW)/Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) systems repair supervisor.
He has B.S. degrees in Management and Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
He developed several information security programs to include:
Mission Operations, Johnson Space Center, NASA
Texas, Office of the Attorney General
Early Warning Services
American Traffic Solutions
Along the way, Rich was awarded the "Silver Snoopy" by the astronauts for the program that he created to protect the information and computer systems upon which their lives depended. He and his team were given a Continuous Improvement Award by the NASA Administrator, for doing so and avoiding over $25M in cost.
Rich has also contributed to the profession and information security industry. He contributed to the creation of many standards and solutions that we use today.
Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award - (ISC)2
Information Security Hall of Fame - ISSA
Past international president - ISSA
Distinguished Fellow - ISSA
Honor Roll - ISSA
Fellow - Ponemon Institute
Advisor - Information Security Institute (a part of the EU Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine)
Rich has the following certifications:
CISSP, FAIR, ITIL, IAM/IEM, DTM
Expired Certifications include:
CISM, CRISC, CPP, CIPT
"The Alchemy of Information Protection: A Cybersecurity Druid's Spell Book" has been released. Although it will be enjoyed by CISOs, it was written for the Non-Cybersecurity Executive and the person who is tasked with creating a security program.