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Stephen M. Willis

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Digital Forensics Adjunct Faculty
Richland College

For more than 12 years, Stephen M. Willis served as senior network administrator for the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, where he was responsible for a distributed network of approximately 1,400 users across the university system. His primary area of responsibility dealt with security issues and LAN/WAN administration, and he retired from Texas A&M University in 2007. He also spent 20 years working for Corning Clinical Laboratories (now Quest Diagnostic Laboratories) as an operations manager of its toxicology lab, writing database programs among other duties.

Currently a full-time professor of cybersecurity and computer networking at Collin College, he has taught a variety of networking and computer security courses at Richland College as an adjunct faculty member since 1998. He also continues to serve as an IT security training consultant for Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, among other organizations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in information systems from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He is co-author of more than 30 papers on the statistical analysis of medical data published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

He is a certified information system security professional (CISSP), a designation formally approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in both their Information Assurance Technical (IAT) and Information Assurance Managerial (IAM) categories. The CISSP has been adopted as a baseline for the U.S. National Security Agency’s ISSEP program.

He is also a certified information security manager (CISM), an approved certification by the U.S. DoD for its Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. He also holds Security+, MCSA and MCSE + Messaging certifications. He is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).