New Norwich MSIA program instructors

Five new instructors with decades of combined experience in computer security science have joined Norwich University's Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program. The MSIA program at Norwich University is an online program designed for those in technology fields who wish to combine technical competency in computer science or information assurance systems with a broader knowledge of the IA issues which affect managerial decisions and an organization's IA policies. The program prepares learners to assume professional management responsibilities, including Chief Security Officers, Security Administrators, and Chief Information Security Officers.

The instructors' program courses and electives include:

  • Fundamentals of Information Assurance,
  • Prevention: Technical Defenses,
  • Prevention: Human Factors,
  • Detection, Response and Hot Topics,
  • Management Skills for IA Professionals,
  • Security Audits,
  • Business Continuity (offered Sept 2006),
  • Emergency Management (offered March 2006),
  • Digital Forensic Investigations (offered Sept 2006),
  • Homeland Security,
  • Information Warfare, and
  • Information Assurance Technology Review.

The new MISA faculty members are:


Tom Peltier is in his fifth decade of working in computer technology. During this time he has shared his experiences with fellow professionals and because of this work he has been awarded the 1993 Computer Security Institute's (CSI) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999 the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) bestowed its Individual Contribution to the Profession Award upon Peltier, and in 2001 he was inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame. Peltier was also awarded the CSI Lifetime Emeritus Membership Award. Currently he is the President of Peltier and Associates, an information security training firm. Prior to this Peltier was Director of Policies and Administration for the Netigy Corporations Global Security Practice. He was the National Director for Consulting Services for CyberSafe Corporation, the Corporate Information Protection Coordinator for Detroit Edison. The Security program at Detroit Edison was recognized for excellence in the field of computer and information security by winning the Computer Security Institute's Information Security Program of the Year for 1996. Peltier previously was the Information Security Specialist for General Motors Corporation responsible for implementing an information security program for GM's worldwide activities. His numerous publications include respected textbooks and many articles in professional journals.


Sandy Sherizen, PhD, CISSP was inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field in December 2004 as a result of his outstanding work as an educator, writer and practitioner of information assurance for a quarter century. In 2001, he received the John W. Beveridge Achievement Award of the New England Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) for recognition of outstanding contribution to the chapter. Before founding Data Security Systems, Inc. Sherizen was Associate Profession of Sociology at Boston University from 1976 to 1982 with special interest in teaching and research on white-collar crime, crime control, punishment decisions, sociology of deviance, technology and crime, international crime trends and how crime controls became a U.S. foreign policy issue. As an IA specialist, Sherizen has specialized in bringing multidisciplinary perspectives to security policy analysis, development and implementation. Sherizen has served as an expert witness and consultant to law enforcement and government agencies including DoD, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the National Institute of Health; corporations, and the news media. He was one of the first practitioners accepted as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC), was among the first seven CISSP preparation-course instructors, is currently a lead instructor for the five-day pre-certification review seminars as well as being selected as a subject matter expert (SME) on law, investigation and ethics for the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Sherizen has published numerous professional papers and was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award at the 17th National Computer Security Conference organized by the National Computer Security Center of the U.S. on the topic "Can Computer Crime Be Deterred?" in 1994.


A. Padgett Peterson, PE, CISSP, IEM is a principal Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin. A frequent and highly respected contributor to professional lists such as the RISKS FORUM DIGEST, he is internationally recognized as a major contributor to anti-malware technology, secure network design, and secure computing architectures. Peterson has been active in both teaching and writing about methods for information security at employee, management, administration, and investigator levels for many years and has expert knowledge of perimeter defenses, defense in depth, and secure enclaves. He is regularly invited to speak at security conferences such as those of the Computer Security Institute (CSI), Virus Bulletin,(VB), MIS Training Institute, System Administration and Network Security Institute (SANS) and GovSec. Peterson is a subject matter expert (SME) on cryptography and access controls and has worked on DoD/Federal public key infrastructures (PKI), Government Service Card/Common Access Card, and multilevel security (MLS) solutions. He is also an expert in low level communications using Ethernet, Frame Relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), Gigabit, and wireless (802.11a, b & g) architectures and an SME in perimeter design using all types of firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS) and anti-malware systems.


Mark Pollitt, MSc spent over ten years as a military officer, first in the Marine Corps and then in the Coast Guard. He was both a fixed wing and rotary wing pilot. Pollitt served in a variety of operational leadership positions as well as staff jobs. After leaving the military, he spent 20 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he served in the Miami, St. Louis, and Baltimore Field Offices over a period of 13 years. Pollitt investigated stolen property, drugs, organized crime, white-collar crime and computer fraud. He was the first agent designated as a Computer Evidence Examiner for the FBI laboratory and was eventually promoted to Chief of the FBI's Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) and Director of Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory National Program. Pollitt retired from the FBI in 2003. Since that time, he has split his time between consulting and teaching in the areas of information security and digital forensics. Pollitt is an adjunct Professor of digital forensics and information assurance in the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, the University of Central Florida and he National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno. He has published extensively in the professional press.


Rebecca Herold, CISSP, CISM, CISA, FLMI is an information privacy, security and compliance consultant, author and instructor with her own company, Rebecca Herold, LLC. She has provided information security, privacy and regulatory services to organizations from a wide range of industries and has over 15 years of information privacy, security and compliance experience. Herold was instrumental in building the information security and privacy program while at Principal Financial Group, which was awarded the 1998 CSI Information Security Program of the Year Award. She assists organizations of all sizes within all industries with their information privacy, security and regulatory compliance programs, content development, and strategy development and implementation. Herold is on the advisory board of ID Check, a biometric software company, and is on the Norwich University Journal of Information Assurance Board of Review. Herold is frequently interviewed and quoted in diverse publications such as Consumer Financial Service Law Report, hcPro Briefings on HIPPA, SC Magazine, SearchSecurity, Information Security, Business 2.0, Disaster Resourse Guide, The Boston Herald, Pharmaceutical Formation and Quality, IT Business Edge, Network Magazine, Fortifying Network Security and others. She has written several books and dozens of professional articles and is well-known in the industry for her monthly articles in the Computer Security (CSI) newsletter.

"My colleagues and I are delighted and honored to welcome these
outstanding professionals to the faculty of the Norwich University Master of Science in Information Assurance," said Associate Professor & Information Assurance Program Director Mich Kabay. "Their willingness to advance the education of the hundreds of professionals we are supporting every year is a testament to their commitment to the professional development of our field and a welcome confirmation that we are building the reputation and credibility of the Norwich MSIA program."