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Meet Your Instructor: Ross Coppage

By: jasminen
September 12, 2019
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    Fun Facts About Ross!

  • What course do you teach?Insider Threats
  • What is an interesting fact about you?I recently received a utility patent for a mechanical invention and large corporations are interested!
  • Your favorite food?Thai Fried Rice of course!
  • Social Media HandlesLinkedin: Ross Coppage
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The Q & A

Tell us about yourself:

"I possess over 25 years of cybersecurity, network engineering, insider threat experience, serving in many technical and leadership roles. I started out as an art major with a scholarship to Indiana State University but ended up going down the computer security rabbit hole!"

What brought you to teaching on Cybrary:

"I viewed a Cybrary course and was impressed at the quality and the fact that it was available for free to anyone that wanted to learn! Learning is the one thing you can do your entire life and cybersecurity is a rich, ever-growing and exciting subject! I love the energy and promise that Cybrary offers to the world and I wanted to be a part of that!"

Tell us about your course:

"This course introduces key insider threat topics, explains why insider attacks happen, and what the insider threat is. It digs into the motivating factors, attack methods, looks at real-world attack examples, explains tools and technologies for prevention and detection, and explains the foundation of an insider threat program which is a policy and a repeatable process. This course will leave you with a foundational understanding of the subject that will enable you to professionally communicate on the subject!"

Education/Experience in Cyber Security:

Education/Certifications: "​M.S. Information Security (Lewis University), B.S., MIS(Park University), SANS GSLC Security Leadership Certification,ACE Computer Forensics Certification"Experience: ​"25 years of experience including firewall administration, routing/switching,network/host hardening, system administration, and computer emergency response team(CERT) analyst. Leadership roles have included Chief, Cyber Security Strategy, ChiefCyber Assessments, Insider Threat Program Manager, Chief Cybersecurity Inspector, Lead Cybersecurity Engineering and Cyber Operations Officer."Employer Highlights: "​Army Software Engineering Center, Air Force NetworkIntegration Center, Defense Information Systems Agency, NationalGeospatial-Intelligence Agency, Computer Science Corp., BAE Systems, ModernTechnology Corp., International Consultants Inc."Other: ​"Air Force Cyber Operations Officer/Major (Reserve)"

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Interests in Cyber Security:

"The internet is exploding with new dangers and innovative attack methods as well as new technologies, people and processes to thwart the bad guys! It is such a dynamic and amazing area of study! I am always learning and fascinated by how innovative and bad humans beings can be! It is our team against theirs! Who is going to win!"

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