Learn from Masters of Cyber Protection
Our faculty members are experienced practitioners and researchers from a wide range of roles within the information assurance industry. You’ll gain real-world insights and wisdom from faculty that is far greater than the knowledge simply found in textbooks or taught in basic certification courses. Several instructors at Regis hold the ISACA and Cisco Systems certifications and credentials for which they prepare students with foundational knowledge through the program’s courses. Regis professors are also adept at keeping curriculums up-to-date in this constantly changing field, because in addition to teaching at Regis, they have real-world experience working in prestigious roles for the Federal Government, the U.S. Air Force, a financial institution, consulting company, security firm and a non-profit consortium, giving them insight to the public, private and non-profit sectors across the defense, business and communication industries. The scope of the graduate program faculty’s research and extra-curricular pursuits range from public policy and privacy issues to computational research, and from criminal cyber investigation to the design and implementation of cybersecurity competitions. With their help, you’ll be transformed into an information assurance expert inspired to meet the challenges of the industry head-on.
Graduate Program Leadership
- Dan Likarish, Director of the Regis University Center on Information Assurance Studies and Assistant Professor
- Keyu Jiang, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator of the Information Assurance program
- Bob Bowles, Affiliate Faculty
- Jennifer Kurtz, Affiliate Faculty
- Luis Lopez, Affiliate Faculty
- Jim Lupo, Affiliate Faculty
- Nick Maki, Affiliate Faculty
- Robert Moon, Affiliate Faculty
- Jonathan Trull, Affiliate Faculty
Dan Likarish, Director of the Regis University Center on Information Assurance Studies and Assistant Professor
Dan Likarish is director of the Regis University Center on Information Assurance Studies and an assistant professor in the College of Computer & Information Sciences (CCIS) responsible for coordinating all curricular and research activities in the CCIS’ Information Assurance program. His research and teaching interests are in the design and implementation of student cybersecurity competitions—he is the regional director for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC), developing curriculum for K-12 cybersecurity and computer science education and attracting women to computer science careers. He is a member of ISACA, ISSA scholarship foundation and CISSE Board of directors. He attended Notre Dame (BS), Brown University (MS) and University of Washington (MS).
Keyu Jiang, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator of the Information Assurance program
Dr. Keyu Jiang, Coordinator of the Information Assurance (IA) program, joined Regis University in the summer of 2014 as a Professor in the College of Computer & Information Sciences. Before that, he tenured at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), where he led the IA program and worked as the founding director of National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education. Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in information security from Arizona State University in 2001. He is also a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. Dr. Jiang secured federal and regional grants from the government and industry, and has published in a peer reviewed journal and conference publications. He received the Faculty Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Advisor Award in 2010 at FHSU.
Bob Bowles, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Bowles in an affiliate faculty member at Regis University and has been active in the design and implementation of the IA curriculum. He works at the Denver Federal Center in the Department of Interior, Brand Chief Quality. His managerial role has provided him with great insight into the private and public sector application of IA.
Jennifer Kurtz, Affiliate Faculty
Jennifer Kurtz is an affiliate faculty member for the Information Assurance Department at Regis University, where she focuses mainly on graduate curriculum development and delivery. She also provides technology and business management services through her Conundrum Creek Consulting practice and the Denver Small Business Development Center. Kurtz's research interests include public policy (former director e-commerce for the State of Indiana and co-author of several book chapters on digital government challenges), privacy issues (author of the DLP technology chapter for the ABA's best-selling Data Breach and Encryption Handbook), and the responsible use of technology (produced conferences and training workshops for different communities of interest across the US).
Luis Lopez, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Luis is responsible for the software surveillance planning and execution on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Acquisitions. He forms part of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. On a day-to-day basis, Luis employs a variety of data management, systems analysis, risk management and Information Assurance (IA) disciplines. Luis has been successful at addressing deficiencies and noncompliance, thus has saved taxpayer's dollars and more importantly, ensured quality to the warfighter. He is also an affiliate faculty member and was responsible for the Regis University sponsored Multi Agency/State Incident Handling event as well as assisted at the ISACA Denver Chapter on the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference in 2013. His past experience includes serving as the Base Privacy and Information Access Manager where he dealt with numerous Privacy/OPSEC violations at Buckley AFB. In this role, he and other stakeholders were able to correct violations by facilitating training, coming with new strategies, and working in a constructive manner.
Jim Lupo, Affiliate Faculty
Jim Lupo is an affiliate faculty member who has recently been teaching the MSCT600 Networking Essentials course, and has developed a laboratory exercise around the Stanford CLACK network simulation tool. Outside of the classroom, Lupo is also the principle proposal writer and project director on an NSF MRI grant award to construct a high-performance computing cluster valued at $5.5M. Furthermore, he heads a group of scientists who provide advanced consulting support to other computational researchers and scientists. Additionally, Lupo is the Chair the SURAgrid Governance Committee, high performance computing group of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA).
Nick Maki, Affiliate Faculty
Professor Maki is the Systems Administration Manager for Great West Life, DTC, which has provided him a great view of the blend between systems administration and protection of infrastructure, systems and data. He is an affiliate faculty member and has taken the lead in the Forensics courses offered at Regis University by organizing the internal training for the Forensics faculty.
Robert Moon, Affiliate Faculty
Robert Moon is the Senior Network Architect at Cable Labs in Louisville, Colorado, where he is working to build out new network centers in Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Additionally, he is currently working on the Rocky Mountain Collegiate CyberDefense Competitions and he is a senior architect and network engineer for our ARNe infrastructure. His experience provides him with the ability to educate and train students on all things IA from a technical and policy perspective.
Jonathan Trull, Affiliate Faculty
As the CISO for Qualys, Jonathan is responsible for working with Qualys’ growing customer base to develop and share security best practices, researching real world threats and collaborating on how to address them. In addition, Jonathan is responsible for all aspects of Qualys’ global cybersecurity operations, which includes engineering and overseeing the security of all Qualys products and cloud offerings. Before joining Qualys, Jonathan was the CISO for the State of Colorado. In this position, he oversaw the information security operations for 17 executive branch departments, encompassing approximately 26,000 employees and 150,000 systems. As State CISO, he was also responsible for overseeing the information security programs at institutions of higher education, for statewide elected officials, and the legislative branch. In cooperation with federal and state partners, Jonathan formed the State’s first Cyber Crime Task Force, which is charged with conducting criminal investigations into computer crimes, developing and sharing cyber intelligence, and working with local government and private sector partners to increase cyber resiliency.