Jim has over 23 years direct experience in the design, operation, management, and auditing of information technology systems, with the past 18 years focused on information systems security. He has an extensive background in technical education and specializes in security certification courses targeted at federal and government contracting clients.
Jim is the founder and executive director of the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI). FITSI is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization that provides a role-based IT security certification program targeted at the federal workforce. Jim is also the executive director of the FITSI Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 public charity that runs the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA).
Currently, as a contractor, Jim provides education and training support for the Federal Network Resilience Division at DHS and its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.
In 2011, the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) named him "Educator of the Year" for the impact he continues to make in the federal workforce. In 2019, Federal Computer Week (FCW) Named Jim to the "Federal 100" for his work to tirelessly promote cybersecurity education across all branches of the federal government.