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Behnam Shariati, Ph.D. | Assistant Graduate Program Director/Advisor & Lecturer

Ph.D., George Washington University
Graduate Certificate in Information Security, George Washington University
M.S. George Washington University
CNSS 4011 Certified

Dr. Shariati is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and the Assistant Graduate Program Director. Formerly the head of a global technology firm, Dr. Shariati has worked with a diverse set of industries, leading and overseeing all manner of cybersecurity engagements. Among his areas of focus are cybersecurity assessments (including assessments to ISO 27000, FIPS 140-2 and NIST’s security standards); enterprise security architecture; network defense; security operations; insider threat programs; active defense; and training and education.

Dr. Shariati’s leading professional and academic experience has led to his direct engagement by standards organizations on the development of global security frameworks. He currently serves as a guest researcher at the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), where he researches security best practices in several sectors. In 2016, his support of the NCCoE led to him being called upon to collaborate on the development of the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 1800 series security publications for banking and financial sector cybersecurity. He has also worked extensively with global organizations on the alignment of standards-based security strategies with business mission, including working directly with the United Nations as a Project Director.

Laura Casulli | Adjunct Instructor

L.L.M. with a Certificate in National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center
L.L.M., Military Law, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center, United States Army
J.D., New York Law School
B.A., University of Delaware

Laura Casulli is an accomplished attorney with over 20 years of experience advising leaders at all levels within the Department of Defense (DoD) on a multitude of legal issues. Ms. Casulli was instrumental in identifying and resolving legal issues related to the merger of DoD’s Joint Functional Component Command—Network Warfare with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations to establish United States Cyber Command. She was the command’s legal advisor for its DoD network defense mission and military cyber operations, and assisted in creating policies and doctrine for the new command’s cyber mission. Prior to that position, she was a legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy on matters related to the International Criminal Court, international agreements, and detainee issues, and represented the United States as part of a delegation to the ICRC International Conference on International Humanitarian Law. Ms. Casulli is currently an attorney/advisor with the National Security Agency where she provides legal and policy advice on cyber and intelligence operations to a client set of thousands. Additionally, she represents the Office of General Counsel at cyber exercises and collaborates with other national level agencies on intelligence operations matters. She has been an adjunct instructor with UMBC since 2014.

Ms. Casulli received her LL.M in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center, an LL.M in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and her J.D. from New York Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. She received numerous military awards over a distinguished 20 year career as a Judge Advocate, and has taught as an adjunct instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

Robert W. Clark, J.D | Adjunct Instructor

L.L.M., The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
B.G.S., University of Michigan

Robert Clark is currently the Cyber Operations Legal Advisor with the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. Through this position, Mr. Clark advises Commander and staff on all legal matters relating to full spectrum cyberspace operations and information operations. Prior to this position, he worked in the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the National Protection and Programs Division, and with the Department of the Navy as the Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Clark received his J.D. at the Michigan State University College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has received many Military Awards and has presented at conferences and summits across the nation.

Joshua Franklin | Adjunct Instructor

Professor Franklin, is a security engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) focusing on enterprise mobile security, cellular security, and electronic voting. He manages the mobile security laboratory at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), and is actively working to update federal guidance on using mobile devices in the enterprise. In the pursuit of secure telecommunications, Joshua co-authored NIST’s security analysis of LTE. Joshua is the principle investigator for the Public Safety Communications Research efforts in securing Band 14 smartphones and public safety wearable devices. Prior to joining NIST in 2012, Professor Franklin worked at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission where he gathered extensive experience with the implementation and testing of electronic voting technologies. Joshua graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance. He received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University.

Mallik Rao | Adjunct Instructor

Professor Rao has more than 20 years of experience leading teams and providing technical expertise in the design, implementation and operation of several Enterprise scale secure software solutions. Professor Rao completed his M. S. in Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University and currently he is a Chief Engineer for Enterprise Services, at MITRE. Also, Professor Rao is the co-author for eight U.S. Patents.

Robert R. Romano, Ph.D. | Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.S., SW Texas State University

Robert Romano is a seasoned professional with nearly 40 years of professional experience and 30 years of teaching experience, knowledgeable in government, industry, and academia. Most recently, Dr. Romano was the Environmental Affairs Specialist at Coca Cola Enterprises where he was contracted to develop company policy and guidance on waste water management plans, water resources, and petroleum & ammonia spills mitigation. Prior to that position, he was an International Academic Advisor for the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Manager of Regulatory Affairs for The Gillette Co., a Regional Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization, and an Associate Director at the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association. With over twenty years of experience with nuclear and chemical industries, Dr. Romano’s research interests have fallen into environmental science and engineering, engineering management, systems engineering, and cybersecurity. Dr. Romano received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Texas State University; an M.S. in Aquatic Systems and an M.S. in Environmental Health Management at the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Romano also teaches at Montgomery College, The University of Maryland University College, American University, and George Washington University.

Mike Stone | Adjunct Instructor

Mike Stone is a senior security analyst at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NCCoE collaborates with members of industry, government and academia to build open, standards-based, modular and practical example reference designs that address cybersecurity challenges in key economic sectors. The center benefits from formal partnerships with market leaders including several Fortune 50 companies.

Since starting at the NCCoE in August 2013, Mike has been the program manager for the center’s activities involving the financial sector. Mike collaborates with members of the financial sector and security vendors to develop solutions to complex cybersecurity problems.

Mike has been working in cybersecurity since 2000 and in other computer related fields since 1989. He has held positions in management, development, testing and support. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computers from the George Washington University. Mike has focused on wireless network security since 2003 and has tested devices, written software, developed architectures and installed components.

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