Ken Buckler, Research Director, EMA

Ken has over 15 years of industry experience as a noted information and cyber security practitioner, software developer, author, and presenter, focusing on endpoint security and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and NIST 800-53 compliance. Focusing on strict federal security standards, Ken has consulted with numerous federal organizations, including Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Census Bureau.

He was previously board chair of The Mars Generation’s Student Space Ambassador Leadership Program, an advisory board made up of students and professional mentors focused on STEAM learning and advocacy. His technical career started in the defense sector as a quality assurance and information assurance engineer contracted with the DISA Defense Message System (DMS), eventually designing the top-level architecture of the Host-Based Security System (HBSS) integration for the DMS global messaging backbone. Ken has presented at industry conferences with his research on early warning of cyber-attacks based on open-source intelligence (OSINT).

Ken loves history and the outdoors, and spends his spare time metal detecting and magnet fishing in Western Maryland, working to find lost pieces of history for future generations to enjoy.

B.S., Computer Science, Mount Saint Mary’s University

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
CompTIA Security+

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