I’m the Assistant Director for Cyber Defense Education and Training with the Information Trust Institute in The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

I have more than 25 years of large-scale information security and IT engineering, implementation, and management experience in challenging and cutting-edge public and private sector environments. In addition, I’ve been teaching in the higher education and commercial training space since 2000. Casey O'Brien Informal Picture

My teaching and research interests include:

:: Practice-centered education and training solutions that combine accelerated learning programs, validated assessments, instruction, practice labs, and challenge scenarios to improve information security talent management in organizations; 

:: Rapid deployment of customizable and adaptive curriculum that raises learner capability maturity in foundational security concepts, tactics, techniques, and procedures; and

:: Formative credentialing solutions that increase the number of capable professionals.

I was the Technical Editor of five textbooks published by Jones & Bartlett Learning: Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense, Linux Server Fundamentals, Information Security Fundamentals, Introduction to Scripting, and Networking Fundamentals.

I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University. I’m currently enrolled in a Learning Design and Leadership (LDL) Ph.D. program in the College of Education at UIUC.

For fun I love making things (e.g., woodworking), playing music (drums, uke), traveling, and scavenging for objects that can be re-purposed. 

My current CV (.PDF).