Meet our Cybersecurity Program Faculty and Leadership
The commitment by our faculty and leadership to build an energetic and collaborative learning environment is what sets the USF Cybersecurity Certificate Program apart from the rest. Our roster of experienced practitioners and USF Faculty are experts in their area of focus. Together, they deliver a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills to challenge your thinking and present new concepts to help you drive innovation, improve performance and excel your organization to new levels of success. You'll emerge with critical thinking and decision-making skills that you can apply immediately at your organization.
Dr. Ronald Sanders - Faculty Chair
Director, USF’s School of Public Affairs
Dr. Ronald Sanders is the Director of USF’s School of Public Affairs. With over 45 years of experience leading, studying, and supporting government organizations, he’s achieved an international reputation as a public management thought leader, visionary and innovator. Ron has held such esteemed positions as VP of Booz Allen Hamilton, Associate Director of National Intelligence, and the US Intelligence Community’s first Chief Human Capital Officer.
Ron has been a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for over a decade, and has served on prestigious university faculties and boards. He’s co-authored books and written numerous articles and book chapters. His books include: Building a 21st Century SES: Ensuring Leadership Excellence in Our Federal Government, Tackling Wicked Problems: A Practical Guide for Enterprise Leaders, Civil Service Reform: Building a Government that Works.
HON. Mike McConnell
Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
Mike McConnell's career spans over 40 years with focus on international development and foreign intelligence issues. He spent 29 years as a US Navy Intelligence Officer, was appointed Director of National Intelligence under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and served as a member of the National Security Council managing the US Intelligence Community's global engagement in support of US and allied national security objectives. As DNI, he was successful in persuading the president and Congress to invest over $17B in improving the cybersecurity defenses of the nation.
Mike is a Senior Executive Advisor and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles included serving on the firm's leadership team and leading Booz Allen's cybersecurity business. He led the development of the firm's information assurance business and intelligence business focusing on policy, transformation, homeland security, and intelligence analytics.
Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity
As Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida), Sri Sridharan provides strategic oversight of the Center and is responsible for spearheading initiatives focused on driving workforce development, attracting new industry, and positioning Florida as the national leader in cybersecurity.
With more than forty years of experience, Sridharan has applied his business acumen to create the infrastructure of a statewide center that is well on its way to becoming a national player on the cybersecurity landscape.
Founder, President and CEO, WhiteHawk Inc.
The Founder, President and CEO of WhiteHawk Inc., Terry Roberts has established the first Cybersecurity Online Exchange - enabling all businesses to have continuous online access to tailored learning, smart buying, and connections to the best products, services, insights, and trends industry wide. She has over 30 years of intelligence experience, holding senior level positions, and has directed, conducted, and enabled intelligence operations globally. Much of her work is focused on the requirements, planning, and implementation of intelligence and communications technologies, software and architectures.
Before transitioning to industry in 2009, Terry was the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, where she led more than 20,000 intelligence and information-warfare military and civilian professionals and managed more than $5B in resources, technologies, and programs globally. She has been the Chair Emeritus of the INSA Cyber Council since 2010, a Member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee since 2008, on the NIP Board of Directors, a Cyber Fellow at New America, and a member of the US Naval Academy Cyber Education Advisory Board of Directors since 2010.
Co-Founder & Principal, BW Cyber Services
Michael has more than 28 years of experience providing technology, security and related cybersecurity consulting solutions for multiple industries, including deep commercial and military experience in the financial services industry as well as classified government operations.
After graduating from college, Michael served as an officer in the US Marine Corps where he received specialized training by the National Security Agency in Signals Intelligence. Upon departure from the military, he's held executive positions leading IT strategy and related enterprise software services for blue chip consultancies and publicly traded corporations including: Principal at Booz-Allen, Partner for Unisys, Sr. Director at Infor, and Chief Information Officer at the Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. As the co-founder of BW Cyber Services, Michael has provided cyber-consulting support to multiple small-to medium-size NFA and SEC Members as well as one of the world’s largest hedge funds.
Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
As an Attorney at Skadden, Michael's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and cyber related matters, with a wide range of cases involving FX transactions, derivatives and purchase agreements. He also supports Skadden's cyber team, assists in client efforts to prepare for cyber events, and trains in-house counsel at large corporations on how to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the risks associated with cyber related events.
Michael has written for the Wall Street Journal, the National Law Review, and other publications on matters of cyber and national security issues. Before entering private practice, he served as Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, writing for the President’s Daily Brief, and routinely briefed senior government leaders on sensitive and complex matters involving Russian foreign policy. He also worked as the Inaugural Joint Duty Program Manager at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.