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 Expert  726078

Expert in Physical Security, Vulnerability Assessment, Cargo Seals, Tampering/Counterfeiting, Election Security, Insider Threat, Litigation Support


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
USA
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Expert has demonstrated vulnerabilities on a number of access control and biometrics systems, locks, tags, and seals. He understands design flaws and potential attacks, can recommend practical countermeasures, and is knowledgeable about the vulnerabilities demonstrated by others as a result of his work as a vulnerability assessor at Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has CEO of (Undisclosed) Security. He understands air freight security issues as a result of his research and published papers on tamper-indicating seals, cargo security, the insider threat, and vulnerabilities associated with physical security devices, systems, and programs. He has considerable experience in the field observing cargo security operations. Expert has demonstrated many vulnerabilities and design flaws in a wide range of biometric access control devices and systems as a vulnerability assessor at Argonne National Laboratory and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has devised a number of practical countermeasures.

He has demonstrated many vulnerabilities and design flaws in a wide range of biometric access control devices and systems as a vulnerability assessor at Argonne National Laboratory and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has devised a number of practical countermeasures. He has hands-on expertise in cargo security, GPS cargo tracking, RFIDs, and tamper-indicating seals as a result of his work as a vulnerability assessor at Argonne National Laboratory and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as an expert witness on litigation involving cargo theft. He is a noted expert, frequent invited speaker (including at cyber security conferences), and vulnerability assessor for physical security devices, systems, programs, and strategies. Expert has conducted a variety of different research on product anti-counterfeiting tags and strategies, and is a published author in this area. He is frequently an invited speaker at pharmaceutical companies, associations, and brand integrity conferences.

He understands freight security issues as a result of his research and published papers on tamper-indicating seals, cargo security, the insider threat, and vulnerabilities associated with physical security devices, systems, and programs. He has also considerable experience in the field observing and evaluating cargo security procedures, and has often served as an invited speaker at cargo security conferences. As head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory (and formerly at Los Alamos), he has studied and demonstrated vulnerabilities in a wide variety of different electronic security devices and systems, and recommended effective use protocols, training, and countermeasures. He and his colleague were the first to demonstrate (2002) the ease with which GPS can be spoofed (not just jammed or blocked), and the first to recommend countermeasures.

Expert has considerable expertise in cargo security issues, including tamper-indicating seals, GPS tracking, RFIDs, and other physical security devices as a result of his vulnerability assessments at Argonne National Laboratory and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as an expert witness for cargo theft litigate and for warehouse theft litigation. He has conducted research and vulnerability assessments on a wide variety of physical intrusion detection devices and systems, and understands the physics behind them.

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access control system

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air freight

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biometric identification

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biometrics

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casualty insurance

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computer room security

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counterfeit-proofing

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freight

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electronic security

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Global Positioning System

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insurance claim

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intrusion detection

Expert understands marine cargo security issues as a result of his research and published papers on tamper-indicating seals, cargo security, the insider threat, and vulnerabilities associated with physical security devices, systems, and programs. He also has considerable experience observing port and cargo security operations. He has been a long-time critic (in published papers and invited talks at security conferences) of traditional approaches to security auditing, and has proposed improvements and alternatives. Expert has been a long-time critic (in published papers and invited talks at security conferences) of traditional approaches to physical security risk characterization, and has proposed improvements and alternatives.

He has been a long-time critic (in published papers and invited talks at security conferences) of traditional approaches to physical security and risk management, and has proposed improvements and alternatives. Expert is a noted expert on tamper-indicating seals, devices, and enclosures, having conducted vulnerability assessments on a factor of 10 more tampering-indicating devices and enclosures than anybody else in the world. He also has numerous patents and published papers in this area. He is a noted expert on tamper-indicating seals and tamper-evident packaging, having conducted vulnerability assessments on a factor of 10 more tamper-indicating devices and containers than anybody else in the world. He also has numerous patents and published papers in this area.

Expert is an internationally recognized expert on tamper-indicating seals, having conducted vulnerability assessments on a factor of 10 more seals and tamper-evident enclosures than anybody else in the world. He also has numerous patents and published papers in this area. He understands trucking freight security as a result of his research, vulnerability assessments, and published papers on tamper-indicating seals, cargo security, the insider threat, GPS tracking, RFIDs, and other physical security devices, systems, and programs. He has observed and critiqued cargo security operations. He has conducted or directed over 1000 vulnerability assessments on a wide variety of physical security and nuclear safeguards devices, systems, and programs. He has also served as on expert witness on vulnerability assessment issues, and has published extensively (including in peer-reviewed journals) on vulnerability assessment techniques.

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marine insurance

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property protection auditing

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risk characterization

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risk management

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tamper-evident closure

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tamper-evident package

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tamperproof cap

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trucking

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vulnerability assessment


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Peoria, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  Kenosha, Wisconsin;  and Gary, Indiana.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1983   Ph.D.   Physics   University of Colorado   Tozer Foundation Scholarship
1983   M.S.   Physics   University of Colorado  
1977   B.A.   Physics   Carleton College   Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2015 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Founder & CEO

 

Expert is the Founder and CEO of a small company devoted to security consulting, vulnerability assessments, and R&D.

2007 to 2015

 

Argonne National Laboratory

 

Nuclear Engineering

 

Section Manager & Senior Systems Engineer

 

Expert is head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory. The VAT conducts vulnerability assessments, physical security research and development, training, and consulting in the areas of nuclear safeguards, physical security, cargo security, seals & tamper detection, biometrics and other access control devices, RFIDs, GPS, and security management.

1983 to 2007

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

Chemistry Division

 

Technical Staff Member

 

Expert was founder and head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Los Alamos (1992-2007), and Project Leader on over $22 million of research projects involving nuclear safeguards, physical security, cargo security, seals & tamper detection, biometrics and other access control devices, RFIDs, GPS, and security management.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

ASIS International. Lifetime Member, American Physical Society.

Licenses/Certifications

CPP (Certified Protection Professional) from ASIS International. Top Secret government security clearances.

Professional Appointments

Founder and Editor of the Journal of Physical Security. Member TSA Seals Experts Review Panel. Member, DOE/DoD Joint Committee on Storage, Tags, and Seals. Consultant & Project Reviewer for DOE, DoD, NRC, NIH, & private industry.

•Board of the National Center of Security and Protection (NATSP), (2015-present). •Vice Chair, IEEE Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group (2015-present). • Board of Advisors for Verified Voting (2012-present).

Awards/Recognition

Expert is frequently interviewed by the news media for his views on security. His work has been discussed in various security blogs, podcasts, and national and international media including the Wall Street Journal (3 times), Public Television, NPR, CSO Magazine, Security Magazine, RFID Journal, Homeland Security Newswire, IOMA Security Director's Report, Supply Chain Management Review, Business Travel Executive, Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging News, R&D Magazine (4 times), national wire services, Newsweek, various U.S. and international newspapers, radio/television stations and networks (BBC, CBC, VOA), and over 90 trade journals.

•CSO40 Award (CSO Magazine) for outstanding business value and security thought leadership •Honorary Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) Award from BECCA •LANL Fellows Prize ($3000) for Outstanding Research •Two LANL Distinguished Performance Awards •Three LANL Achievement Awards •National ASIS “Excellence in Performance Measure” $1000 Award •Distinguished Performance Award from the CIA •Two National R&D 100 Awards •“Best of What's New” Award from Popular Science magazine •LANL Award for Student Mentoring •Two LANL Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer •Featured scientist, American Institute of Physics home page •Tozer Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship •Carver Physics Scholarship •Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon •NCAA All-American in Track & Field


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

11 U.S. patents; 185+ technical papers (many peer-reviewed); 90+ invited talks (including 6 Keynote Addresses) and ~90 contributed talks at national and international conferences.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - WIT Press  
 - American Scientist  
 - Packaging, Transport, Storage & Security of Radioactive Material  
 - Nuclear Security Matters  
 - International Journal of Pharmaceutical Medicine  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1983 to 2009   U.S. Department of Energy   Scientist at National Labs   Expert was (is) head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team, doing vulnerability assessments, consulting, and security R&D for over 50 different government agencies, the IAEA, NGOs, and private companies. He held Q (Top Secret) and SCI Security Clearances during his time at the national laboratories (1985-2015).

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was an expert witness for litigation involving cargo theft. His testimony helped to settle the case when he was able to argue that high-tech security devices would probably not have prevented the theft.
  • Expert helped a U.S. government agency improve its critical cargo security program by demonstrating vulnerabilities, and recommended improved security procedures and training.
  • Expert helped a private company dramatically improve its new security product without the need for large additional expenditures.
  • Expert helped a company trying to enter the security market for the first time to better understand the security industry, security end-users, and how the company's potential product would fit in the market.
  • Expert helped a private company understand its product counterfeiting vulnerabilities, candidate anti-counterfeiting technologies, and optimum approach to dealing with counterfeiting.
  • Expert assisted university researchers in understanding potential applications, users, funding sources, and marketing potential of their new technology. He also assisted in identifying new R&D work that was needed, and helped to write technical papers.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Anti-counterfeiting Techniques.
  • Expert in special gravure ink formulation for consulting on developing optimum material supply chain for tamper evident self-adhesive tape production.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
• Litigation Support for a warehouse theft lawsuit. Lorillard Tobacco Company v. Tyco Integrated Security, 2015 (N.D. Illinois)

• Expert Witness for litigation involving warehouse theft (litigation support, reports, deposition; trial testimony). National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh v. Tyco Integrated Security, 2014 (S.D. Fla.)

• Expert Witness (pro bono) for public interest election security litigation (report, deposition, trial testimony, demonstration in court). Gusciora v. Corzine, NJ Superior Court, 2009.

• Expert Witness for litigation involving cargo theft (report, deposition; case settled pre-trial). Great American Insurance Co. of New York v. TA Operating Corporation, 2008 (S.D.NY).

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Tampering of seals and security bags
  • Marine insurance expert for consulting on marine insurance policy for a barge.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2013 to 2013   Morocco   Invited Lecturer on Integrated Safety and Security Management for a week-long course sponsored by IAEA and NNSA.
2006 to 2006   Russia   Invited Talk: RExpert, “Vulnerability Assessments on Tamper-Indicating Seals”, Joint US-Russia TID Working Group, Moscow, Russia, September 13-14, 2006.
2005 to 2010   Vienna, Austria   Assist the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in improving nuclear safeguards through vulnerability assessments.
2012 to 2012   Beijing, China   Course instructor for the IAEA Regional Training Course on Physical Protection Against Sabotage, Beijing, China, May 14-18, 2012.
2011 to 2011   Canberra, Australia   RExpert, (Keynote Address) “A Cynical View of Security: The Importance of Not Being Earnest”, Security in Government Conference (SIG 2011), Canberra, Australia, July 25-27, 2011.

Market Research:
Expert has given over 90 invited talks at national and international conferences, including 6 Keynote Addresses. He gave the invited Keynote Address at the USENIX Electronic Security Conference in Washington, D.C., and the Plenary Talk (with another colleague) at the ShmooCon Hackers Conference. Expert has also given a number of invited talks to the pharmaceutical industry on drug tampering and counterfeiting, and published noted papers in this area. He has also analyzed the security of medical products.

He is the foremost expert on tamper-indicating seals in the world, and very well published in this area.

He and his colleagues were the first to demonstrate the vulnerability to spoofing of the Global Position System (GPS) and GPS cargo tracking, and the first to suggest countermeasures. They were also one of the first to demonstrate RFID vulnerabilities.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

U.S. Department of Defense, "Seal User's Guide."

Many training materials and videos demonstrating security vulnerabilities or use of novel field tools developed by his team.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert routinely identifies vendors for security devices and systems as part of his vulnerability assessment work, and when providing security consulting.

Other Skills and Services

As a physicist and vulnerability assessor, Expert understands the technical details behind security devices, systems, and programs. As a Certified Protection Professional and a vulnerability assessor, he understands a great deal about physical security management and the human factors associated with security.

He has demonstrated physical and electronic attacks on electronic voting machines, biometrics and other access control devices, GPS, RFIDs, contact memory buttons, locks, tags, and seals.


 

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