Our Authors

Bill Ballad has been active in the IT security community since the mid-1990s. He is the co-author and SME for Securing PHP Web Applications (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2008) and wrote the security chapters for PHP & MySQL Web Development All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies (For Dummies, 2008). Bill is a senior systems engineer working with mission-critical Windows networks.


Tricia Ballad spent several years as a Web applications developer before becoming a full-time freelance writer and technical editor.  She has written online courseware on various consumer electronics and computing subjects and has co-authored PHP & MySQL Web Development All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies (For Dummies, 2008) and Securing PHP Web Applications for Mere Mortals (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2008).


Erin Banks (CISSP) is a technical writer and editor. She has been in the network and security industry for more than 15 years in support, management, and technical sales roles in Fortune 500 and not-for-profit organizations. She has contributed quarterly articles to EMC-Now print magazine, provided technical editing for On Magazine, written monthly and quarterly newsletters for a Fortune 25 company, and has been a writer and contributor to a weekly corporate marketing/technical blog. Erin is an avid runner and lover of technology.


Mike Chapple is Senior Director for IT Service Delivery at the University of Notre Dame.  In this role, he oversees the information security, data governance, IT architecture, project management, strategic planning and product management functions for the Office of Information Technologies.  Mike also serves as a concurrent assistant professor in the University’s Computer Applications and Management Departments where he teaches undergraduate courses on Information Security.
Mike previously served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President at Notre Dame for two years.  Prior to that, he was program manager of the University’s Information Security Program and a consultant to the Notre Dame Alumni Association on alumni engagement initiatives.  Before returning to Notre Dame, Mike served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Brand Institute, a Miami-based marketing consultancy.  Mike also spent four years in the information security research group at the National Security Agency and serving as an active duty intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.  He is a technical editor for Information Security Magazine and has written several books, including Information Security Illuminated, SQL Server 2008 for Dummies, and the CISSP Prep Guide.
Mike earned both his BS and Ph.D. degrees from Notre Dame in computer science & engineering.  He also holds a MS in computer science from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Auburn University. 


Jim Doherty is the Sr. Vice President of Marketing Officer at Ixia.  Jim has lead held marketing, sales and engineering leadership positions at Certes Networks, Motorola, Cisco Systems and Ericsson during a 19-year career in the networking and communications sectors. Jim has made a name for himself in the industry due to his ability to explain networking technologies to non-technical audiences in a way that still satisfies technical professionals.  He has extensive speaking and presenting experience and if often sought out to explain networking and communication technologies to non-technical audiences.
Jim is also the creator and co-author of the “Networking Simplified” series of books, and a comprehensive set of CCNA study notes; published in a number of certification guides.
Jim holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from N.C. State University, and an MBA from Duke University. Before earning his degrees Jim served in the US Marine Corps obtaining the rank of Sergeant.


Darril Gibson is an IT trainer who regularly teaches security topics to Air Force personnel. An adjunct professor, he’s written or co-authored several IT books, including CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead, and Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, he’s also created training videos on multiple topics for Keystone Learning. Mr. Gibson holds numerous certifications, including (ISC)2 CISSP and CompTIA Security+. He’s also been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1999.


Joanna Lyn Grama (JD, CISSP, CIPP/IT) currently serves as the Director of DRA Operations, IT GRC and Cybersecurity Programs at EDUCAUSE. She formerly served as the information security policy and compliance director for Purdue University, where she created the university’s IT security policy and was responsible for compliance governance and activities. She is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the organization for IT governance professionals; the American Bar Association, Section of Science and Technology Law, Information Security Committee; EDUCAUSE; and the Indiana State Bar Association. Joanna graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with honors, and was the editor-in-chief of The Elder Law Journal. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of IT security topics, including identity theft, personal information security, and university compliance issues.


Mike Harwood (MCT, MCSE, A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+) has more than 15 years experience working in information technology and related fields. In that time, he’s held a number of roles within IT, including network administrator, instructor, technical writer, Web site designer, consultant, and online marketing strategist. He’s been a regular on-air technology contributor for CBC Radio and has written numerous computer books, including the best-selling Network+ Exam Cram for Que Publishing and the A+ Faster Smarter title for Microsoft. Currently Mike is employed as the new editor and writer for the yoursecondfifty.com/magazine.


Michael Jang (RHCE, LPIC-2, UCP, Linux+, MCP) has been a freelance technical writer since 1998. He had previously worked for more than 10 years as a specialist engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. Michael has written white papers on new products and processes. He’s also the author of more than two-dozen IT books, including LPIC-1 In Depth (2009) andUbuntu Server Administration Course (for VTC in 2009). Finally, Michael travels overseas extensively to troubleshoot IT issues and manage projects.


Robert Johnson (CISA, CGEIT, CISM, CISSP) has 20 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of information security, IT audit, risk management, and privacy compliance. His diverse background includes hands-on operational experience as well as providing strategic risk assessment and scoring for leadership and board-level audiences. Currently he works in the security risk management division of a large financial services insurance company. Previously he worked as a first vice president and IT audit and security advisory director at Washington Mutual (JP Morgan Chase).


David Kim is the President & Principal Consultant at Security Evolutions, Inc. (SEI) located outside the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area in Northern Virginia. SEI provides governance, risk, and compliance consulting including security and privacy regulations for public and private sector clients globally.  Mr. Kim’s IT and IT security experiences encompasses more than 30+ years of regulatory compliance, technical IT and security engineering, and IT organizational management.  He is an accomplished author and part-time adjunct professor who enjoys teaching cybersecurity to students across the United States.


Ric Messier is a security professional who has worked with a number of companies from large Internet service providers down to small software companies. He has run a small networking and security consulting practice for the last several years. Additionally, he has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.



Sean-Philip Oriyano has been actively working in the IT field since 1990. Throughout his career, he has held positions such as support specialist to consultants and senior instructor. Currently he is an IT instructor who specializes in infrastructure and security topics for various public and private entities. Sean has instructed for the US Air Force, Navy, and Army at locations both in North America and internationally. Sean is certified as a CISSP, CHFI, CEH, CEI, CNDA, SCNP, SCPI, MCT, MCSE, and MCITP, and he is a member of EC-Council, ISSA, Elearning Guild, and Infragard.


David Seidl University of Notre Dame. David is the Senior Director of Campus Technology Services at the University of Notre Dame where he is responsible for database, systems, application, email, and platform administration as well as identity and access management. In addition to his role with Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies, David teaches a popular Networking and Security class in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Prior to his current role, David served as Notre Dame’s Director of Information Security and managed Notre Dame’s information security program. He has over 13 years of information security experience and holds a Masters degree in Information Security from Eastern Michigan University in addition to CISSP, GCIH, and GPEN certifications.


Michael G. Solomon Ph.D., CISSP, PMP, CISM, is a full-time security and OpenEdge speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in leading teams in achieving and maintaining secure IT environments. As an IT professional and consultant since 1987, he has led projects for numerous major organizations and has authored and contributed to multiple books and training courses. From 1998 until 2001, he was an instructor in the Kennesaw State University’s Computer Science and Information Sciences (CSIS) department, currently teaches graduate Information System Security courses at the University of the Cumberlands, and holds a PhD in Computer Science and Informatics from Emory University.


James Michael Stewart has been working with computers and technology for more than 25 years. His work focuses on security, certification, and various operating systems. Recently, Michael has been teaching job-skill and certification courses such as CISSP, CEH, and Security+. He is the primary author on the CISSP Study Guide 4th Edition and the Security+ 2008 Review Guide. In addition, Michael has written numerous books on other security and Microsoft certification and administration topics. He has developed certification courseware and training materials as well as presented these materials in the classroom. Michael holds the following certifications: CISSP, ISSAP, SSCP, MCT, CEI, CEH, TICSA, CIW SA, Security+, MCSE+Security Windows 2000, MCSA Windows Sever 2003, MCDST, MCSE NT & W2K, MCP+I, Network+, iNet+. He graduated in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.


Martin Weiss is a manager of information security gurus at RSA, The Security Division of EMC, which helps organizations accelerate their business by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. He is also on the board of directors for the Connecticut chapter of ISSA and has written several books. He holds a number of certifications, including Security+, CISSP, MCSE: Security, and RSA CSE. Marty received his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and currently lives in New England with his wife and three sons.