Tony Coulson (Executive Director)
Tony Coulson, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Cybersecurity Center and full professor of Information and Decision Science in the Jack H. Brown College at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). During his tenure at CSUSB, Tony has led more than 20 grant-funded cybersecurity projects totaling over $18 million. Dr. Coulson also led the establishment of a nationally acclaimed cybersecurity program that spans business, computer science, national security studies, criminal justice, and public administration. The program is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Coulson is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert and leads the CAECommunity Cybersecurity Education (caecommunity.org) as an NSA NationalResource Center for over 265 colleges and universities. He has consulted on cybersecurity issues for Congress, federal agencies, and private organizations. He belongs to several boards and has won numerous academic, national, and community awards. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Coulson had a successful industry career for over 17 years as an executive and an entrepreneur, starting his first successful technology business when he was 14 years old. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University.
Vincent Nestler (Director)
Vincent Nestler, Ph.D., holds a doctoral degree in instructional design, masters in both network security from Capitol Technology University, and a M.A.T. from Columbia University. He is the author of the Principles of Computer Security, Lab Manual, published by McGraw Hill. Dr. Nestler is a cybersecurity consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience in network administration and security. He served as a Data Communications Maintenance Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. During his service, he designed and implemented the training for Marines assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Computer Emergency Response Team. He also served as the Assistant Operations Officer (training) for the Joint Broadcast System, during its transition to DISA.
Since 2007, Dr. Nestler has been integral to training CyberCorps® students at Idaho State University and at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the principal investigator for the NICE Challenge Project (nice-challenge.com) – serving over 400 schools, nationwide. The NICE Challenge Project develops real-world hands-on scenarios that provide students with cybersecurity workforce experience before joining the workforce. Currently, he is an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Nestler has held numerous professional certifications to include the Security+, Network+, and A+, ACE, MPE, MCSE, MCT, RHCE and others. He has over 25 years of experience teaching and has been instrumental in developing a wide range of curriculum, from grade school to secondary education, higher education and graduate school.