Witfoo education council

WitFoo exists to enable the maturity of the craft of cybersecurity operations (SECOPS.) To assist in the areas of SECOPS education, WitFoo will contribute tools, curriculum and data to enable educators, students and practitioners in adding sustainable, actionable knowledge and skills to the craft.

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The Education Initiative also makes use of the portable WitFooPi!  Click to learn more about what it is and how it is used.

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Meet the Council members

Leilani Lauger 

Consultant and Security Leader

Leilani is a consultant and security leader with more than 20 years of experience in information security. Previously, she was the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Chicago and has led information security teams at Loyola University Chicago, Laidlaw Transit, and the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Dr. Calvin Nobles 

Cybersecurity Professional | Human Factors Engineer | Thought Leader | Executive Management

Dr. Nobles is a cybersecurity professional and human factors practitioner with more than 25 years of experience. He is an adjunct faculty member at several universities teaching cybersecurity, human factors, and MBA courses. He is actively involved in the cybersecurity community, volunteering with multiple professional associations, conducting research, and speaking at venues worldwide. He authored a book on the integration of technologically advanced aircraft in general aviation. Dr. Nobles’ personal story is featured in the book Black Men Changing the Narrative Through Education. He recently completed a Cybersecurity Policy Fellowship with the New America Think Tank in Washington, DC.

Dr. Nobles recently accepted the position of Department Chair for Information Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Nobles retired from the U.S. Navy and worked in the financial service industry as a Vice President as a cybersecurity / information security professional. Dr. Nobles serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for Stillman College. Additionally, he serves on the Cyber Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. Dr. Nobles has served in various executive positions.

He recently earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Factors, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management and Engineering Technology, and a Doctorate in Business Administration. He earned graduate degrees in Information Systems Security, Aeronautical Science, Business Administration, Military Strategy and Operational Art, and an undergraduate degree in Business Management. He has completed several certificates in cybersecurity at Harvard University.

Victor R. Garza 

Lecturer of Information and Computer Sciences at Naval Postgraduate School

Cyber Security Technology Expert and Writer with over 25 years experience teaching and consulting for enterprise customers looking to secure and grow their businesses. An accomplished speaker and instructor recognized as a subject matter expert in the industry, the U.S.Government and NATO.

Matt Nelson 

Senior Client Solutions Advisor for Optiv

Matt has worked in an architect and advisor role for the past 8 years helping organizations build an integrated security practice and solution portfolio. Before that Matt worked in different technology roles for almost 20 years at companies like Amway, Whirlpool and Magna International.

Matt is also President of the West Michigan chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance, a technology organization dedicated to education and training around Cloud security and general security best practices. Matt also created CloudCon, one of the world’s only Cloud-centric technology conventions which takes place in Grand Rapids, MI every year.

Matt lives in Norton Shores with his wife and their kids ranging from 7 to 25 years old. When not busy with his kid’s various activities or behind his keyboard, you can find Matt with a fishing pole in hand enjoying one of Michigan’s many incredible rivers or lakes.

Christopher Payne 

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)


James Clark 

Director of Information Security at University of Chicago


Charles Arnett 

Product Management Executive

Charles Arnett has over 20 years within the cyber security industry helping organizations build successful products and services dedicated to evolving our ability to detect, prevent and respond to cyber security threats. Having leadership positions with organizations like Internet Security Systems, IBM, Lancope and Trustwave, Charles has benefited from learning from each of these experiences and understands how important it is to pay it forward. Charles has served on educational boards in support of STEM focused charter schools, and currently serves the Hiram Academy of Computer Science, and the local Atlanta ISC2 chapter in supporting educational programs in the community to protect those most vulnerable.

Charles Herring 

Chairman of Board, CTO, WitFoo Project Lead, Co-Founder

Charles’ dedication to maturing the craft of InfoSec is built on a diverse career path across the industry. He started his career in InfoSec in the US Navy in 2002 serving as the Network Security Officer at the US Naval Postgraduate School. After leaving active duty, he was a contributing product reviewer for InfoWorld magazine focusing on network security products. Charles spent 7 years running Herring Consulting, a company dedicated to process orchestration, data sharing, and marketing. In 2012, Charles joined the Lancope team as a pre-sales engineer, promoted to Consulting Security Architect and later as Strategic Account Manager following the acquisition of Lancope by Cisco. In 2014, Charles partnered with veterans of the military, law enforcement and cybersecurity to research new approaches to improve the craft of cybersecurity operations. In 2016, that research resulted in the forming of WitFoo. When not working with cybersecurity heroes, Charles enjoys SCUBA divining with his wife, Mai.

WitFoo Education initiative sponsors the open-source project, Logfibber.  Details can be found at the link, below.

Let’s team up for training!


To launch the WitFoo Education Initiative (WFEI), WitFoo will provide the following resources to educators and students:

  • No-cost software licenses to cover a training period (semester, quarter, etc) to assist in training
  • No-cost expert speakers from WitFoo Team
  • No-cost access to WitFoo Training Curriculum
  • Unpaid internships in WitFoo professional areas (development, data science, SECOPS research, sales, IT Support). Internships will be limited to 2 interns per professional area per term (as defined by WFEC).
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