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Michael Theis

Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Chief Engineer, CERT Division
Michael C. Theis (pronounced Tice) uses his 25+ years as a Counterintelligence Supervisory Special Agent and retired Special Agent in Charge supporting the US Intelligence Community along with his 30+ years of concurrent computer systems engineering experience to aid the CERT© Insider Threat Center further its research and development of socio-technical controls to prevent, detect, and respond to insider threats. He is also a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Previously, Michael was the first-ever Cyber-Counterintelligence Program Manager for the National Reconnaissance Office, where he served as the Chief for Cyber-CI investigations and operations for over six years. Michael was also a former Senior Intelligence Officer, for the Joint Staff Counterintelligence Division, Defense Intelligence Agency. In that position, Michael developed globally synchronized DoD Strategic Counterintelligence Campaigns in support of the National Military Strategy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to September 11, 2001, Michael spent several years as a senior executive in the private sector. He was a highly sought consultant for the Fortune 500, specializing in network systems engineering and network system security focused on corporate espionage and insider threat detection and countermeasures. In 2006, he was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders in the nation by COMPUTERWORLD Magazine. Michael is a frequent keynote speaker at government, private industry, and academic conferences, where he is a recognized thought leader for insider threat, cyberspace intelligence, and cybersecurity issues. He has also guest lectured at Harvard and MIT on the challenges and opportunities of modeling human behavior in cyberspace.
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