Dr. Amelia Estwick

Welcome

I am the Program Manager at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) and a Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives.

Education

Ph. D – Computer Science – The George Washington University
MS – Computer Science – The George Washington University
BS – Computer Information Systems – Southern University at New Orleans

Professional Certifications and Memberships

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH)
CompTIA Security+ Certification (SEC+)
Associated for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Technology Skills

Languages: C, C++, Visual Basic, SQL, Java, Javascript, shell/batch scripting (Windows and Linux)
Digital Forensic Tools: Digital Forensics Framework (DFF), Helix3
Network monitoring and Intrusion Detection Tools: SNORT, Wireshark, Squil, Nmap Security Scanner, FS Live
Professional courses passed with certificates: SNORT I (certified professional), REDHAT Network Security, SANS Intrusion Detection, Foundstone Ultimate Hacking – Expert (Linux and Windows)

Experience

Professional

Department of Defense (DoD).  Held several positions to include:  Technical Director, Manager, Analyst, Researcher, Teacher, and Developer | May 1999 – August 2016

Division Technical Director (May 2015 - August 2016)

  • Responsible for the technical health of an organization comprised of over 50 highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals within three different branches
  • Provide strategic and tactical vision for a Division that is responsible for monitoring DoD networks for cyber threats
  • Technical lead for several cybersecurity systems and projects directly related to our national defense

Academic

Adjunct Faculty, Excelsior College, Albany, New York. School of Business and Technology, Department of Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity (CYS) | May 2013 – Present

Taught 7 different Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity (CYS) Undergraduate & Graduate courses:
Cybersecurity Defense-in-Depth; IT Risk Analysis and Management; Computer Security Overview; Cybersecurity Investigation and Case Studies; Ethics, Legal and Compliance Issues in Cybersecurity; Security Focused Risk Management; Security Management Awareness

  • Identified as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all Cybersecurity-related courses
  • Developed and reviewed all course content (e.g. exams, online discussions, etc.) prior to production
  • Peer Reviewer for Excelsior College’s National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) Journal, a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal that covers topics appealing to a broad readership within the cyber security discipline, with a particular focus on education, training, and workforce development

Internship

Research Assistantship -  America On-Line (AOL) Smart Home Project, The George Washington University, Department of Computer Science, Washington, District of Columbia, January 2001 – December 2001

Internship - Department of Energy Strategic Petroleum Reserve (DoE/SPR), Quality Assurance Division of the Technical Assurance Directorate, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1997 – August 1997

Internship - NASA (John C. Stennis) Space Summer Program, University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Hattiesburg, Mississippi, May 1995 – August 1995

Military

Personnel Actions Specialist, Louisiana Army National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana /United States Army, Germany, Honorable Discharge,  January 1993 – November 1997

Telecommunications Center Operator, United States Army, Germany, Gulf War Veteran/ Honorable Discharge, July 1990 – January 1993

Volunteer/Mentorship

  • K-12 STEM Outreach Ambassador
  • Mentored several junior co-workers and interns on various job duties and professional career paths
  • Volunteered to tutor K-12 Washington, DC students on computer science and mathematics.  Logged over 100 hours during the 2016 year.

Publications, Interviews, & Awards

Publications

Estwick, A. and Rotenstreich, S. “A Business Rules Approach to Self-Healing Software Architectures”, International Conference on Software Engineering Research.  Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP), July 12-15, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.  pp. 133-139.

Invited Talks/Panels

Estwick, A., Cybersecurity Careers, Women Veterans Interactive, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. November 11, 2016

Estwick, A., Thurgood Marshall Computing Careers Panel, 16TH Annual Leadership Institute, The Washington Hilton, Washington, DC November 20, 2016

Estwick, A., Discussion on National Security, Envision National Leadership Youth Forum, Bethesda, Maryland. September/October 2016

Estwick, A., Research Opportunities in the Government Sector, African-American Researchers in Computing Sciences (AARCS), Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.  July 21, 2007.

Estwick, A. Importance of Building the STEM Pipeline (minority focused). Addressed to members of the United States 110th Congress in support of financial assistance for the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC). The United States House of Representatives, Washington, District of Columbia. November 12, 2007

Social Media/Interviews

Cybersecurity In The New Administration, WJLA news, Washington, DC.  January 30, 2017

The Growing Need for Cybersecurity Professionals, WJLA news, Washington, DC.  October 12, 2016

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship Recipient. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, 1998 – 2004 ($200K award)
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1998
  • Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP) in the Sciences Scholarship, 1997
  • Department of Energy (DoE) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) of Louisiana, Grant Recipient, 1997
  • Beta Kappa Chi (BKX) National Scientific Honor Society Inductee, 1995