Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Academic Work


Sinclair College: www.sinclair.edu
Professor:  CS/IT Department 

2006 to Present

  • CJS-2209 Computer Crime
  • CIS-2808 Computer Forensics 
  • CIS-1107 Introduction to operations systems
  • CIS-1130 Networking Fundamentals 
  • CIS-1111 Introduction to Programming
  • CIS-2550 Linux Operating System
  • CIS-2560 Linux Security
  • CIS-2640 Network Security
  • CIS-2642 PenTest
  • CIS-2266 Data Analysis with Python
Key team member in the development of the Linux Security course syllabus and objectives.
Developed a full quarter of Linux Security content (presentation material, labs, assignments, and tests) around system security, testing, and system security audits.
Award CIS Adjunct of the year for 2011.

Developed Basic Python with Data Analysis course (CIS-2266) that started fall 2018.  Course development included exams, projects, and uses of all Open  Education Resource (OER) material.

Developed a PenTesting course built around the CompTIA PenTest+ cert.  With virtual labs as well as actual participation in live pentest vis HackerOne.


Doctoral in Computer Science - Digital Security
Colorado Technical University - started October 2012 - completion September 2015
Doctor of Computer Science (D.C.Sc.) from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  Focus on system security with dissertation research in SELinux integrity

Masters of Science - Computer Information Systems 
University of Phoenix - April 2001.   Focus on software engineering, project management, and metrics Masters Thesis

Bachelors of Science Degree - Business Information Systems
University of Phoenix - February 1998.  - Focus on the software development process and programming in C.


GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)
December 2016 www.giac.org/certified-professional/mike-libassi/156874

Red Hat Certified Technician - Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 August 2006.         Certification # 604006470599306

Teaching Philosophy

     My teaching experience started as far back as the military.  Attached to Navy units that trained the weekend reservist I started the practice of hands-on training.  Years later I still have the hands-on philosophy when I started teaching Linux courses as an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College.
     I kept this philosophy when designing the Introduction to Linux Security material and labs.  The hands-on lab approach works well in both Linux courses and the feedback from my students; later I received Adjunct of the year for the CIS department.
     With all my computer classes I also believe in an open book philosophy.  In IT I feel knowing where to find the correct answers to questions is a core skill.  Couple that with problem-solving labs and I feel this builds a strong personal IT skillset to become successful.
     A final philosophy is for me; I should never stop also being a student.  Being up-to-date on technology news, events, and changes are critical not just to my success as a teacher also to the success of my students.