John Sands has over thirty years of experience in information technology management and cyber defense. John earned a Ph.D. for Colorado State University. As a thirty-year employee of Moraine Valley Community College, Dr. Sands is currently the department chair of the Computer Integrated Technologies department. John has also developed and taught several classes for Northwestern University Graduate School of Continuing Studies in the area of Information Security Management. John has served as a senior researcher for Cisco Learning Institute in the area of technical education. Over the last 15 years John has served as a Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-PI for several National Science Foundation (NSF) Advance Technology Education (ATE) projects and centers. He was also instrumental in establishing the Center for System Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) NSF ATE project #9950037, one of the country’s first comprehensive cyber defense centers. John holds several industry certifications including CISSP, CCIA, A+, Network+ and Security+.