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A Passionate Educator Addresses Advanced Security Issue

Dr. James Fraley, assistant professor and chair of M.S. Cyber Security and MSIST-Information Assurance for the College of Technology, brings decades of experience to Wilmington University students. He often presents at cybersecurity conferences and web-inars and was so popular at a Secure Delaware conference that he was invited back for an encore. 

In 2021, Dr. Fraley had presented the keynote and detailed the SolarWinds Cyber Attack. At the 13th Annual Secure Delaware Cyber Workshop in 2022, an event that allows participants to enjoy an informative full-day session focusing on cybersecurity trends, Dr. Fraley offered “Implementing Zero Trust — Lessons Learned.” It focused on ways to demystify zero trust and discuss traditional security models that operate on the outdated assumption that without constant updates, all technology inside an organization stays trustworthy. Dr. Fraley explained that there is a proactive, unified, and dynamic architecture approach that must be adapted to keep resources secure, prevent data loss, and decrease costs.

Dr. Fraley has 30 years of experience as a security practitioner, holding critical positions such as senior threat intelligence strategist at Intel Security; senior director of global security practice at McAfee; vice president for intelligence and security practice at ReliaSource, among other roles. 

And he is passionate about teaching at WilmU.  

“After working in industry and with governments around the world, I see the talent shortage across the cybersecurity and IT spectrum,” he says. “We need more resources to understand and address advanced security issues, migration to cloud and new architectures. I hope to provide that foundational background and bring all the cybersecurity pieces together to address strategy, policy, and operations.” 

Dr. Fraley is considered a leader in the cybersecurity space.  He has guest lectured at Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and George Mason University. 

 We need more resources to understand and address advanced security issues, migration to cloud and new architectures. I hope to provide that foundational background and bring all the cybersecurity pieces together to address strategy, policy, and operations.”

-Dr James Farley

He has been asked by the govern-ment to present on technical issues such as Enterprise Security, Machine Learning for Malware Detection, and Big Data for cyber situational awareness and predictive cybersecurity defensive measures. Dr. Fraley has several papers published by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His dissertation and advanced research focused on leveraging machine learning (specifically cluster algorithms and deep learning) in the detection of advanced persistent threats and polymorphic and metamorphic malware.  

Dr. Fraley serves on several cybersecurity working groups, addressing software supply chain management threats and cybercrime. He previously served as the industry chair of the Common Lexicon for Cyber Threat Attribution Working Group for the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC). CIPAC is aligned with and supports the implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan for the President of the United States. This forum provides the government and private sector entities a public and private partnership to support and collaborate on critical infrastructure security and resiliency efforts. As the CTA chair, Dr. Fraley worked with government, law enforcement and industry to promote and share cyber threat intelligence for protection and advanced detection.

Dr. Fraley holds a Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State University (Denver), a Master of
Science from University of Mary-land, an MBA (Data Science and Analytics) from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D.
from Nova Southeastern in Inform-ation Assurance/Computer Science. He holds several certifications. including Project Management Pro-fessional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and AWS Cloud Certified Professional.

—Maria Hess

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