IT Audit Instructors

IT Audit Instructors

SANS IT Audit Instructors are real-world practitioners who specialize in the subjects they teach. All instructors undergo rigorous training and testing before earning SANS Certified Instructor status. This helps us guarantee that what you learn in class will be up-to-date and relevant to your job.

"The instructor was very helpful in making sure that the class has a good understanding of the information covered to date" - Debbie Moeker, 3M

David Hoelzer

David Hoelzer

David Hoelzer is a high-scoring SANS Fellow instructor and author of more than twenty sections of SANS courseware. He is an expert in a variety of information security fields, having served in most major roles in the IT and security industries over the past twenty-five years. Recently, David was called upon to serve as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission for ground-breaking GLBA Privacy Rule litigation. David has been highly involved in governance at SANS Technology Institute, serving as a member of the Curriculum Committee as well as Audit Curriculum Lead. As a SANS instructor, David has trained security professionals from organizations including NSA, DHHS, Fortune 500 security engineers and managers, various Department of Defense sites, national laboratories, and many colleges and universities. David is a research fellow in the Center for Cybermedia Research and also a research fellow for the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research Operations Center (ITFF/ROC). He also is an adjunct research associate of the UNLV Cybermedia Research Lab and a research fellow with the Internet Forensics Lab. David has written and contributed to more than 15 peer reviewed books, publications, and journal articles. Currently, David serves as the principal examiner and director of research for Enclave Forensics, a New York/Las Vegas based incident response and forensics company. He also serves as the chief information security officer for Cyber-Defense, an open source security software solution provider. In the past, David served as the director of the GIAC Certification program, bringing the GIAC Security Expert certification to life. David holds a BS in IT, Summa Cum Laude, having spent time either attending or consulting for Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, and American Intercontinental University.

Tanya Baccam

Tanya Baccam

Tanya is a SANS senior instructor, as well as a SANS courseware author. With more than 10 years of information security experience, Tanya has consulted with a variety of clients about their security architecture in areas such as perimeter security, network infrastructure design, system audits, Web server security, and database security. Currently, Tanya provides a variety of security consulting services for clients, including system audits, vulnerability and risk assessments, database assessments, Web application assessments, and penetration testing. She has previously worked as the director of assurance services for a security services consulting firm and served as the manager of infrastructure security for a healthcare organization. She also served as a manager at Deloitte & Touche in the Security Services practice. Tanya has played an integral role in developing multiple business applications and currently holds the CPA, GIAC GCFW, GIAC GCIH, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CCNA, and OCP DBA certifications. Tanya completed a bachelor of arts degree with majors in accounting, business administration and management information systems.

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is the owner and principal consultant of Voodoo Security and a SANS analyst, senior instructor, and course author. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering, and is a VMware vExpert with extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He has previously worked as CSO for Configuresoft, CTO for the Center for Internet Security, and as a security architect, analyst, and manager for several Fortune 500 companies. Dave is the author of the Sybex book Virtualization Security:

Protecting Virtualized Environments, as well as the coauthor of Hands-On Information Security from Course Technology. Recently Dave coauthored the first published course on virtualization security for the SANS Institute. Dave currently serves on the board of directors at the SANS Technology Institute and helps lead the Atlanta chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Dave knows his stuff and explains the material in an easy-to-understand way. - Jonathan O'Neal, Monster.com

James Tarala

James Tarala

James Tarala is a principal consultant with Enclave Security and is based out of Venice, Florida. He is a regular speaker and senior instructor with the SANS Institute as well as a courseware author and editor for many SANS auditing and security courses. As a consultant, he has spent the past few years architecting large enterprise IT security and infrastructure architectures, specifically working with many Microsoft-based directory services, e-mail, terminal services, and wireless technologies. He has also spent a large amount of time consulting with organizations to assist them in their security management, operational practices, and regulatory compliance issues, and he often performs independent security audits and assists internal audit groups in developing their internal audit programs. James completed his undergraduate studies at Philadelphia Biblical University and his graduate work at the University of Maryland. He holds numerous professional certifications.