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Our Instructors

Our instructors are hand-selected through a rigorous vetting and assessment process to ensure their aptitude and expertise in their respective fields and excellence ‎in their teaching abilities. They come from diverse backgrounds, are considered leaders in their fields, and are well connected in the cybersecurity world. They bring with them hands-on teaching skills and share their own experiences of working in the field to enhance student learning.

Chris Frighelis

Chris Frighelis is a cybersecurity professional currently focused on offensive security for a top five global financial institution. Additionally, he has extensive experience in defensive security, network engineering, and design. Over the last 15 years, Frighelis has been employed in a variety of roles ranging from NOC Engineer to Security Architect. He believes firmly in the pursuit of a more secure internet for business and consumers alike. Frighelis has obtained several certifications during his career, including CISSP, GPEN, and CCNP. He continues to acquire new certifications and learn new technologies to keep up to date in a constantly changing threat landscape. For more information, connect with Frighelis on LinkedIn.

Andrew Renck

Andrew Renck is a 2003 University of Miami graduate. In 2000, while attending the university, Renck created his computer consulting firm Rootpoint. He has been providing secure systems integration long before “cybersecurity” became a globally recognized term. Renck is an ethical hacker and has provided services for both offensive and defensive cybersecurity projects. He holds several certifications and services both government entities and private-sector clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including: finance, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, technology, telecom, and wholesale. Renck has found and reported a number of different vulnerabilities spanning operating systems, email, content management systems, remote vehicle maintenance, and healthcare equipment. For more information, connect with Renck on LinkedIn.

Ryan Lovan

Ryan Lovan is a graduate from Purdue University’s Network Engineering Technology program in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has worked at JPMChase in Chicago as a Linux and UNIX Server Build and Hardening Engineer and later, Security Analyst onsite at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana in addition to AWS security projects. Lovan currently works as a Cybersecurity Engineer for AutoNation working with DLP, Cylance AV, Demisto SOAR, Tanium, and other organizations. For more information, connect with Lovan on LinkedIn.

Luis Rivas

Luis Rivas is a passionate cybersecurity professional with over 12 years of experience in the banking, manufacturing, hospitality, and utility industries. He has worked in various roles where his unique blend of knowledge and experience has helped businesses to successfully align and execute their corporate security strategies. In Rivas’ last endeavor, he designed and secured a call center network for a Fortune 200 utility company to protect over 4 million residents.

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson is an IT professional with more than seven years of experience in securing and administrating network devices, servers, and applications. His skills include hardening network devices, incident response, and system administration. Jackson holds certifications from CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft. In his free time, he loves to contribute to the InfoSec community and actively participates in hackathons and CTF events. For more information, connect with Jackson on LinkedIn.

Teddy Solano

Teddy Solano is a Network Engineer at Webpass by Google, a US Air Force reservist, and proud father. He has always been interested in computers and how they work. After graduating from high school, Solano enlisted in the Air Force and began his military career. An airman during the day and a student by night, Solano graduated with his Associates Degree in IT and finished his active duty commitment. He then transitioned to the United States Air Force Reserves as a Systems Administrator. Solano graduated from Florida International University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working full-time. He holds multiple certifications. Solano has several high-profile accomplishments in his civilian and military careers, including being hand-picked to start the Mission Defense Team at the Homestead Air Reserve Base. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming with his daughter, playing soccer, bowling, and the occasional gym visit. For more information, connect with Solano on LinkedIn.

Omar Rodriguez

Omalcys “Omar” Rodriguez has over seven years of experience teaching Information Technology (IT) certifications and nearly two decades of work experience in the IT industry. Rodriguez has managed several large-scale, multi-million dollar IT projects and system/network upgrades. He has served in various industries as Director of IT Infrastructure and Cybersecurity, AVP of IT Infrastructure, IT Manager, and IT Instructor. Rodriguez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from Florida International University and holds multiple IT certifications.

Ivan Suarez

Ivan Suarez has more than 22 years of hands-on experience in information systems, technologies, and operations. Suarez holds a master’s degree in Information Technology (IT) and a bachelor’s degree in Information Security. He is a decorated US Army Veteran (Ret.) with extensive experience in IT. His specialties include electronic warfare, exploitation, coding, networking, social engineering, cyberwarfare, and signal exploitation. He is passionate about providing and creating answers and helping others in the growing IT industry. Suarez also enjoys testing systems and looking for flaws and vulnerabilities. He loves to help end users by teaching and leveling the playing field for the safety of others and their children. Suarez has implemented and overseen several architectures, designs, and installed information systems for all types of operations and businesses. He has created support systems that ensure that the organization maintains and hardens network infrastructures. In his spare time, Suarez volunteers at homeless shelters, teaches coding to children, and warns others about the exposures and dangers posed by cybercriminals. He attends and hosts tactical events with others to teach and mentor how to respond to cyber attacks and about rapid response measures and countermeasures.

Christopher Huss

Christopher Huss has years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major of Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida International University. His adventure in technology started with designing gaming computers in high school. Huss’ interest and capability eventually prompted Huss to manage a LAN of 40 computers before graduating high school. During college, Huss started his own computer management and network design company. Huss eventually transitioned to Voice over IP, Video IP, IP Camera Systems, IP Access Control Systems, and Wireless Solutions. Huss adapts and evolves with the cyber threat landscape; networking has drastically changed and now encompasses a multitude of different devices, which has broadened his understanding of different systems.

Brandon Marrero

Brandon Marrero is an IT Systems Administrator with nearly a decade of industry experience. He specializes in server/network administration, virtualization, storage, OS servers, switches, and firewall/VPN configuration and administration. Marrero worked in an emergency management and disaster recovery capacity, rebuilding infrastructures severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. He continues to learn new technologies and is currently pursuing several certifications.

Vincent Corbett

Vincent Corbett is a Cybersecurity and Networking Engineer and Solutions Architect. He has worked in the full range of engineering environments focusing on implementations, architecture, and troubleshooting in several verticals including healthcare, financial, and telecom, and has worked for multiple Fortune 100 companies. For more information, connect with him on LinkedIn.

Jorge Berrios

Jorge Berrios has over eight years of experience in the defense and automotive retailing industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. While his background was previously in electronics and hardware design, Berrios has a passion for ethical hacking. His experience ranges from vulnerability management, incident response, and implementation of security tools such as SIEMs to enterprise-wide tools to handle authentication protocols such as SAML and WS-Fed while enabling multi-factor authentication. For more information, connect with him on LinkedIn.

Michael Wilburn

Mike Wilburn is a veteran network and security architect of 28 years. Mike has held numerous top-level industry certifications from a large list of equipment vendors, including Cisco, Juniper, Microsoft, and VMware. He broke into IT with a position at Dell Computer Corporation in the early 1990s, and advanced into networking and security architecture and engineering positions with several major telecom companies, tier-1 ISPs, college campuses, and large enterprise networks throughout his career. Mike has always taken personal satisfaction from sharing his knowledge with others, which led him to his first official teaching role as a certified instructor of Juniper Networks curriculum in 2011, which continued until 2016. He currently is responsible for the data networks at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has recently joined the University of Miami to share his knowledge and experiences with those who intend to pursue careers in networking or network security.

Leandro Iacono

Leandro Iacono was born in Syracuse, NY, but lived, studied, and worked in Argentina for many years, making him fluent in Spanish and an avid, passionate Argentina Soccer fan. As for his looks and talent, some might mistake him for the actor Jack Black, but as he repeatedly assures everyone, he's a much better actor. Leo enjoys sports, loves anything tech-related, recently started to tinker with crypto and blockchain, and has recently started his journey as a boater. He is currently a Solutions Architect at CrowdStrike. He previously held positions with Tanium and had a 12-year career at Microsoft. Last but not least, don't forget to ask Leo about his stories from when he first moved to Miami, where he currently resides. He promises you won't be disappointed!

Juan Peralta

Juan worked for the Inter-American Development Bank as Project Manager in the implementation of a campus-wide voice and data network at his alma mater. At the same time, he led the implementation of a campus-wide security system. He has held managerial positions in the Information Technology field at several multinational organizations related to banking, Information Technology services, and mobile communication, heading the execution of security-related projects. Most recently, he served as Under Secretary of Security and Information for the Executive Branch of the Government of Ecuador, responsible for the implementation of cybersecurity projects at the highest level. Juan received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Escuela Superior Politecnica (ESPOL) in Ecuador and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Dwayne Cole

Dwayne Cole has over 25 years of industry experience. He has worked as an engineer and/or consultant in the aerospace, education, finance, banking, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. Cole has been managing IT training classrooms since 2002, when he managed a post-secondary IT training program. Cole has served as an Infrastructure Project Manager for a high-frequency trading firm on Wall Street, and most notably, the Kellogg Company in Chicago. Cole presently runs his own private consultancy, which specializes in IT automation and business intelligence for companies all over the US.

Charles Strother

Charles Strother is a USMC veteran with nearly two decades of experience in the Information Technology industry, with more than 19 years of experience in knowledge transfer and training. Strothers began his career owning and operating his own Wi-Fi company, which de-wired cities in North Carolina. In a career pivot, Strother changed industries and began focusing on his passion, information security, where he built his portfolio working for companies like Palo Alto Networks and VMware. In addition to information security, Strother attributes his second passion to education and teaching the next generation of cybersecurity specialists.

Alejandro Leal

Alejandro Leal is originally from Venezuela and currently works for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Technical Account Manager handling large enterprise accounts. Before that, he worked for Microsoft for 15 years, holding various positions ranging from field engineer, consultant, and tech lead, to support escalation engineer in the Azure Rapid Response team. In 2008, Leal decided to move to the United States in search of new professional challenges. Since then, Leal has focused his whole career on infrastructure and security and has a deep interest in OS. He even has a small collection of 30+ VMs running various operating systems! In his spare time, Leal enjoys barbecues, running, cycling, swimming and serving others. He is happily married to a wonderful woman and has two lovely daughters, as well as a dog.

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