CSAF Committee Members
Chris Laasch, Director
Anna Carlin, Deputy Director
Anna is a faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She teaches Information Systems Auditing, Internet Security, Management Information Systems, and Computer Forensics in the College of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems Department. She is in charge of the CIS student internships and recruiting efforts at Cal Poly Pomona. Anna also has over 15 years of experience in IT audit, software development, and operations management. Anna is currently serving the Los Angeles chapter as a Director and Academic Relations Chair and as 2nd Vice President of the Southern California High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
Mohammad Hussain, Poster Symposium Coordinator
Dr. Mohammad Husain is a professor of computer science and cyber security at Cal Poly Pomona and chair of the CSAF poster session. He is the director of PolySec Lab, a center for cyber security research, education and outreach supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as well as industry sponsors such Intel, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. Dr. Husain is also the director of nationally recognized programs such as CPP-SFS CyberCorps Scholarship and CPP GenCyber program at Cal Poly Pomona. His professional involvements include organizations such as IEEE, ACM and Usenix.
Gary Collier, Information Systems Specialist
Gary has worked in various areas of IT from retail at the Apple Store, to corporate trade shows to Higher Education. He has 18 years of experience in IT and works at Cal Poly Pomona in the division of Information Technology. Gary is a Mac guy at heart and loves electronics. His passions are home remodeling and traveling.
David Flores, Photographer
Dave Flores is a freelance photographer, specializing in action and sports photography with a style consisting of colorful and energetic imagery. A California native, at the young age of three he followed his father with his plastic Fisher Price camera while he took family shots. His true passion is shooting professional cycling, and has covered such events as the Amgen Tour of California and the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Once Dave puts his camera down, he likes to spend time wiping the slobber from his face from his four German Shepherd dogs.
Tobi West, Professor
Tobi is a full time CIS/CST Professor at Coastline Community College in Garden Grove and is adjunct faculty in the CIS Department at Cal Poly Pomona. With a passion for cybersecurity education, Tobi focuses on developing career pathways for students to achieve their goals as a cybersecurity professional. In addition to teaching security related courses, she coordinates local training and competition for middle schools and high schools in CyberPatriot and CyberTech Girls at Coastline Community College.
Carlos Marquez, Student Assistant
Carlos is a Student Assistant at the Information Security Office and will be working on the CSAF Scavenger Hunt. He is a four-time Air Force Association CyberPatriot competitor and worked with the CRY-ROP to bring introductory cybersecurity courses to Redlands High School and the Redlands Unified School District. Carlos is currently studying Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona, beginning his second year at the school in Fall Quarter of 2017, and is pursuing a career in cybersecurity. He hopes to compete for the Cal Poly Pomona CCDC team.
Joanne Retirado, FAST Representative
Joanne Retirado is a fourth year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and will be graduating March of 2018. Joanne was appointed as Director of Digital Forensics last year at her student club, Forensics and Security Technology (FAST). She and her team competed at Information Technology Competition (ITC) 2017 and took 3rd place in the Digital Forensics challenge. Her passion and interest for cybersecurity is the reason why she takes joy in dedicating her time and commitment to support Information Technology Events.
Previous Cyber Security and Awareness Fair Committee members:
Thank you for devoting your time and effort to the Cyber Security and Awareness Fair. Without your support this event could not be what it is today.
Lauren Furusawa, Web Developer
Lauren Furusawa is a fourth year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and will be graduating March of 2015. Lauren has worked at Cal Poly Pomona's Information Security Office as a technical documentation assistant. Her passion is in systems analysis and design and has experience with UML modeling and creating professional use case diagrams. Lauren also has an interest in information technology security and hopes to continue to expand her knowledge in the field.
David Lyon, Programmer Educause Liason
David Lyon is a Systems Analyst and Senior LMS Administrator at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. David specializes in Learning Management Systems and has a strong background in information security. David earned two SANS certifications (GSEC Security Essentials and GCUX UNIX Security Administrator) and is the author of two SANS white papers. David led the Title V project team that helped plan and launch the Cyber Security Fair in 2005. David has also contributed to the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Awareness and Training working group and currently serves as a liaison to that group.
Maria Stevens, Volunteer Coordinator
Dr. Maria Stevens has been involved with Cal Poly Pomona Cyber Security Fair since 2015. She is responsible for volunteer recruitment and training. She prepared the volunteers through seminar and workshop on networking and presenting the speakers. She is a researcher and practitioner of Positive Psychology. A native Indonesian, she came to New York City to work in an off Broadway show. She received her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Vermont, a Masters degree from Clark University in Massachusetts, and a Doctorate degree with distinction from Capella University in Minnesota. An avid stand-up comedian she is known to be an entertaining and charismatic speaker. She is working on her upcoming book on college success that is expected to hit the market this year.