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Cybersecurity Defense Faculty and Accreditation

Online and Hybrid Master's Degree

Faculty and Accreditation

In the Masters in Cybersecurity Defense program, you’ll be engaged by faculty who are leading practitioners of the profession. New England Tech brings together top specialists from the public sector, from industry, and from academia.

Cybersecurity Defense Faculty

Dr. Timothy Henry, Ph.D., PMP, Program Chair

Tim has a deep background in IT research, teaching, industry, and military service. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a master's degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 

Tim served as operations officer on a buoy tender out of Portsmouth, Virginia and was the Information Resources Manager at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA before becoming a professor of mathematics and computer science at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. 

Following his Coast Guard service, Tim devoted his attention to 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment.  These projects involved cellular phones, GPS, interactive 3D visualization projects and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the marketplace.

For the next decade, he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional certification.

For the last fifteen years, he has been in the university setting, first at the University of Rhode Island and now at NEIT.  During this time, he was able to perform research on 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and to lend his experience to the design of few interactive 3D projects. He has developed and taught courses in several areas including gaming, software engineering, operating systems, digital forensics, and cybersecurity.

Joseph Collins, MS

Joe has a Masters degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island.

For the past 27 years, Joe has held a number of positions within the information technology field. Joe started out in application development where he has supported and eventually managed the development of business applications at AMICA, SunLife of Canada and MetLife.

The second phase of Joe’s career found him in the Database Administration organization at MetLife. While there he held roles in database administration, project management and lead the development of a database security team.

In the latest phase, Joe is a member of Citizens Bank Internal Audit Department where he leads the Internal Audit Infrastructure and Information Security team.

During this time Joe has earned several certifications which compliment his IT experience. Joe has obtained the following certifications:

  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Additionally for the past 17 years Joe has been an adjunct faculty member at NEIT. Joe has developed and taught courses at all degree levels within the Information Technology curriculum.

Accreditation

NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

 

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