Online Cybersecurity Master’s Faculty at Katz
When you earn your cybersecurity master’s degree online at the Katz School of Science and Health, you will receive an unparalleled education from some of the field’s most successful leaders and innovative thinkers.
Our cybersecurity faculty—the same standout team of experts who teach in our on-campus MS in Cybersecurity program—bring decades of experience in industries including telecom, banking, wealth management, fintech and financial services to every class you will take at Katz. Whether you’re learning risk management, audits and assessments, system architecture, or team leadership, you will master the field of cybersecurity at its highest level with the help of these impressively credentialed cybersecurity practitioners.
Committed to Your Career
The Katz faculty views the field of cybersecurity as first and foremost a human enterprise. They are committed to aiding you on your educational journey through virtual office hours, phone or email consultation, detailed individual feedback, and the administration of class discussions in the online learning management system.
Join us at Katz, and discover the difference a committed and attentive faculty can make in your professional growth.
The professors are practitioners, aware of what the environment is like, not just academics sitting there conceptualizing. They are genuinely interested in students and are there for you. They are very passionate about their area of expertise and want their students to succeed.
Certifications and Credentials for the Katz Cybersecurity Master’s Faculty
Nicole Becher is currently the Business Information Security Officer for S&P Global Platts, a leading provider of energy and commodities information and benchmark price assessments in the physical commodity markets. In this role, she works with both technology and business leadership to ensure security is built into the strategic plans of the organization, especially as new technology is deployed.
Prior to this role, she has been in the cybersecurity space for over 12 years working mostly as a consultant in technical offensive security capacities leading penetration testers, red teams, forensics, and incident responders.
She also worked on various policy initiatives, including cyber and regulatory policy for New York State Department of Financial Services. At NYSDFS, she helped draft the first-in-nation regulatory framework for assessing the cybersecurity of large and complex financial institutions and draft the first-in-nation regulatory and licensing framework for bitcoin and virtual currency companies. Nicole is currently a member of the Virtual Commodities Association (VCA), where she co-leads the Custody & Cybersecurity Committee. The VCA is working to establish an industry-sponsored, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. virtual currency industry.
Nicole is also an adjunct instructor at New York University, where she teaches courses on offensive and defensive computer security, network security, web application security, and computer forensics. She is a project leader for OWASP DevSlop Project (Open Web Application Security Project).
Nicole has presented both technical talks and training, at various conferences around the world on topics related to her research interests. Since Nicole has held technical, leadership, and policy roles, she has a very unique perspective in the information security space. She was a Cybersecurity fellow of New America, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, and was a fellow of the Madison Policy Forum, a cybersecurity-focused policy group bridging military, government and industry.
She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Nicole is a member of the Conservation Technology SMART Security Council and is very active in wildlife conservation technology and animal rescue.
Practitioner in Residence
Lev Feldman is an accomplished information security executive with over 20 years of expertise gained at large global enterprises: MetLife, Marsh Inc, Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and other major global financial institutions. Lev’s current role is senior vice president (SVP) at the CISO office of one of the largest systemically important financial institutions (SIFI). He has earned an MBA in Global Management as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems, and has obtained leading industry certifications such as Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) by ISACA, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) by ISC², Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) by CSA, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
David Imre is currently the head of information technology audit for the Americas division of a top 20 global bank and has over 15 years of internal and external audit experience, primarily focusing on the financial services sector and other highly regulated industries. Over the years, he has developed expertise related to risks and controls involved in securing information technology and protecting information assets. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching risk management and cybersecurity in the Katz School’s MS in Cybersecurity program.
David holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) credentials in addition to a BS in Computer Science and Business and an MS in Applied Mathematics.
Evan Millman is a seasoned professional with a love for learning that led him to become an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. At Yeshiva, Mr. Millman has taught and developed the Cybersecurity Bootcamp Bridge program. He is also expected to teach other courses within the cybersecurity master’s program.
Evan currently works as a full time information security engineer at a large global law firm. Prior to working at the law firm, Evan has had several security- and technology-focused positions in both the telecommunications and finance industries.
Mr. Millman received his bachelor’s degree in social sciences from SUNY University at Buffalo and his master’s degree in cybersecurity from the University of Delaware. Mr. Millman also holds several technology and security certifications including his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA Network+.
Evan is happily married to his wife Nikki, with whom he lives in Manhattan. The couple welcomed the birth of their first child, Ryder, in December 2020. When not working, teaching or spending time with his family, Evan can be seen running in Central Park, at Yankees games, skiing out west or out in the city enjoying live music.
Bill is a retired law enforcement officer with over 20 years in the civilian and military justice systems. He has been recognized as a subject matter expert in Federal Military Court. Bill has obtained many certifications, such as EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists as Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Bill has traveled worldwide and worked with the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie, La Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale, Bahrain State Police, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, and many other foreign governments regarding the handling and processing of digital evidence and the creation of digital investigation units and digital evidence processing facilities. Bill published "Learn Computer Forensics: A beginner's guide to searching, analyzing, and securing digital evidence" in April 2020 with Packt Publishing.
David L. Schwed
Director of MS in Cybersecurity
David L. Schwed most recently served as the chief information security officer for Galaxy Digital, a diversified merchant bank dedicated to the digital assets and blockchain technology industry. He was responsible for leading the vision, strategy and execution for all facets of information security while building out the information technology infrastructure. He also assumed a lead role as a trusted advisor to the risk committee, assessing emerging threats in the financial services industry and measuring their potential to impact company operations.
Previously, he was a co-founder, CIO and general counsel of MASS Communications, a leading connectivity and telecom management provider that takes a consultative approach to deliver a full suite of voice, data, risk management and security solutions. He has more than 21 years of information technology, information security, and risk management experience. He has worked in the financial services sector at a senior level for BNY Mellon, Merrill Lynch, Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup. He has also served as an expert witness in a criminal case in the field of computer forensics. David is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Information Systems Security Professional and also the recipient of the SmartCEO Executive Management Award (General Counsel).
David is a member of the New York Bar and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hofstra University School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Aleksandr Zhuk is a vice president of information security at Amalgamated Bank. Aleksandr has 20+ years of experience delivering business value in Fortune 100 financial services and startup organizations. He is the creator and co-founder of Business Relationship Management Institute, a go-to source of professional learning and a community catalyst for more than 20,000 BRM professionals in 40 countries around the world. Aleksandr holds a Doctor of Management (DM) in Management and Organizational Leadership and has taught graduate courses in leadership strategies. Hek has published numerous articles on the topics of IT and business management. He holds BRMP, CISM, CISSP, CRISC, CSM, ITIL Expert and other leading professional certifications.