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Gary Kessler Associates

About Gary C. Kessler

Dr. Gary C. Kessler is an independent consultant and practitioner in the areas of computer and network forensics, mobile device forensics, computer and network security, TCP/IP and the Internet, and communications protocols and standards. He is also a Professor of Cybersecurity at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, where he is also the chair of the Security Studies & International Affairs Department. In addition, Gary is an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, and member of the editorial board and past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

Prior to 2013, Gary was Program Director for the Master of Science in Information Assurance program at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. From 2000-2010, Gary was an Associate Professor at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he started the Computer & Digital Forensics (on-campus and online), Computer Networking, and Information Security undergraduate programs and the M.S. in Digital Investigation Management program, and was the principal investigator at the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation.

Prior to 2000, Gary was a Senior Network Security Analyst at SymQuest Group, a network integration consulting company in South Burlington, Vermont. Before that, he was the Director of Information Technology and a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Hill Associates, a telecommunications education and training firm located in Colchester, Vermont. He has been providing telecommunications course development, education, and consulting services since 1984, both at Hill Associates and as an independent consultant, with a brief hiatus as a Senior Consultant in the Professional Services Group at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) Systems & Technologies (where he telecommuted to the group's Cambridge, Massachusetts office and was program manager of CommerceNet's Public Key Infrastructure Task Force).

Gary has been a software engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California; Coordinator of Academic Computing at St. Michael's College in Colchester; and an applications programmer supporting researchers in the Cardiology Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Gary holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Vermont in Burlington; and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is also a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Gary was instrumental in forwarding the advancement of computer crime legislation in Vermont, the last state in the U.S. to enact such legislation (1999). Gary is also the founding chair of the Vermont InfraGard chapter and is active in efforts to reverse laws requiring digital forensics examiners to be licensed as private investigators.

Gary is the co-author (with Peter V. Southwick) of ISDN: Concepts, Facilities, and Services, 4th. edition (McGraw-Hill, 1998), the co-author (with David A. Train) of Metropolitan Area Networks: Concepts, Standards, and Services (McGraw-Hill, 1992), and has written more than 60 articles and papers. Gary is also active in academic and industry conferences, including the ADFSL Digital Forensics, Security and Law Conference, IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (for which he is webmaster), and the National Cyber Crime Conference, teaching tutorials or other presentations.

Gary's entire resume is also available!!

Gary's wife, Gayle, is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in private practice, Standardized Patient at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine, Mahjongg fanatic, and certified SCUBA diver. His son, Joshua, is the Director of Athletic Communications at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT. His daughter, Sarah, is on the strategic planning team (as well as licensed radiologic technologist) at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT, and mother to granddaughters Isabella and Louisa. Gary's step-daughter, Hilary, is mom to grandson Cohen while her husband, David, pursues an M.B.A. at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Step-son, Daniel, is in transit!

Gary is also a PADI-certified divemaster and Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, as well as a USCG-licensed captain. He was originally certified in SCUBA by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation — source of the first recreational SCUBA certification in the U.S. — in 1967 at the age of 13. After a long hiatus, Gary was re-certified in 1991 as one of the original divers with the Colchester Rescue Dive Team in Colchester, Vermont. Gary dives as much as possible, finally eschewing the wrecks in dark, cold, murky Lake Champlain for the warmer waters of Florida... See some of his favorite SCUBA Web sites, photos, and other SCUBA-related information.

Gary is a life member (and former Chief) of the Colchester Rescue Squad and was an Emergency Medical Technician from 1979-2006; he is also the webmaster of the Green Mountain Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Other interests include playing the guitar (albeit stuck in a 1960s-70s folk music time warp, at least until Mary Chapin Carpenter, 10,000 Maniacs [the Natalie Merchant years], Dave Matthews Band, and Coldplay came along).