Chris Bogen, Ph.D., GAWN, GPEN, GCIH, GICSP, has taught courses such as Linux Administration and Security, Legal Issues in IT, and Computer Security since 2016. Chris Bogen, Ph.D., works from his home office in New Orleans as a Principle Consultant / vCISO in the Blackberry / Cylance Strategic Services practice. In this role, Chris helps organizations develop and implement security processes to prevent future cyber-attacks. Chris, and the rest of the vCISO team, provide input into the creation, improvement, and execution of strategic security programs for Blackberry / Cylance clients who require governance and tactical planning, part time security consulting and CISO support. Related delivery services include developing incident response and vulnerability management programs, security assessments, and strategic roadmaps.
Prior to moving to Blackberry / Cylance, Chris was an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) /Supervisor and a Senior Cyber Security Engineer for Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations – M&O Contractor for the Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). While Chris’s ISSO role at the SPR was for the physical security and control systems, Chris also contributed heavily to business operations system security by leading SIEM development, contributing to risk management, conducting incident response, and designing enterprise security solutions. Chris also served nearly 10 years as a computer scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research Development Center (ERDC) (2004 – 2014). During his time at ERDC, Chris contributed world-class research and practical tools for domains such as long-term structural health monitoring (as a founding member of the SMART Gate project) and building information modeling (as a co-author of COBie-related national Building Information Modeling, i.e. BIM, standards).
Chris earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Mississippi State University (1999, 2002, 2006). His computer forensics dissertation research was published in the Journal of Digital Forensics Practice. Chris’s publication magazine articles, numerous conference articles, journal articles, a textbook chapter, and building information modeling standards. Chris served as the secretary for the OASIS technical committee of the Open Building Information eXchange (OBIX) from 2012 – 2014, and as secretary for the National Institute of Building Science’s National Building Information Modeling Standards committee from 2013 – 2014. Chris currently holds four GIAC cyber security certifications for Wireless Network Auditing (GAWN), Penetration Testing (GPEN), Incident Handling (GCIH), and Industrial Control System Security (GICSP).
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Don't turn down an interesting and challenging work opportunity because you don't feel like the most qualified person. Opportunities to expand your horizons don't come along every day and sometimes we are too hyper-critical of ourselves to see our own potential. You don't have to be the MOST qualified for a project or job, you just have to be the most qualified available for the opportunity.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Family. Music. Food. Reading. Sleeping. Puzzles. Building gadgets.
Without saying what the category is, what are your top five?
It’s as difficult for me to commit to a top 5 anything as it will be for some of you to decode my list. And by the time you decode it I’ll probably have a different top 5 list because my preferences evolve.
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