Cyber Defense Education Center

The Committee on National Security Systems in conjunction with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly accepted Fayetteville Technical Community College as an applicant to become a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Students can choose several options to obtain this recognition as well as receive your degree credential. Review options under program options. In addition industry level IT certifications are highly recommended after completing certificate related courses.

Program Information

FTCC Security Club Meeting 11/27/17 GCB 117 3:00 pm
FTCC Security Club Meeting 12/11/17 GCB 117 3:00 pm

ISSA Fayetteville and FT Bragg Meeting 11/30/17 GCB 114 5:00 pm

  • Deb Crawford – Laboratory for Analytic Sciences North Carolina State University
  • Brandon Kelly – Sr. Information Systems Specialist/ Cape Fear Farm Credit
  • Chip Lucas – Executive Director Career and Technical Education/ Cumberland County School System
  • Nia Luckey – Manager/ COMPUSEC Cy ber Security/APM Croop Lafrance
  • AshLeigh Pienkosz – Desktop Support Specialist / City of Fayetteville
  • Anthony Pierce – Lead Cyber Investigator at Cisco
  • Ted Richards – Professional Service Engineer/ ForeScout
  • Suzannah Tucker – FTCC Board Member
Department Chair Systems Security & Analysis

Chris Herring has an associate of applied science from Wake Technical Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College. He also has a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Technology Systems from East Carolina University. Within the field of Technology Chris has twenty-one years job experience with a variety of different organizations. Chris also has several CompTIA, Red Hat, and Palo Alto certifications.

Full Time Faculty

Darlene F. Wood has a Masters of Science in Information Systems. She started working as Network Admin with Novell Networks in 1997, then moved to Microsoft NT networks in early 2000. Darlene began teaching in the areas of networking and security in 2000.

Darryl Carter is an instructor for the Transition Technology program that prepares students for CompTIA certification in A+, Network+, and Security+, as well as provides instruction for Linux+/RedHat courses. Darryl also serves as faculty advisor to the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) student club.

Jeremy Derby has a Masters in Information Technology in Digital Forensics from American Military University, as well as several private industry certifications including Security+, Network+, A+, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), CHFI (Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator), and ITIL certifications. Jeremy has also worked for the DOD as a contractor providing Cyber Security support for different branches of the military, plus served in the United States Air Force.

Adjunct Faculty

William White is a retired Army veteran. After retirement William attended Fayetteville Technical Community College and graduated with degrees in Information Systems Security and Networking Technology. William has also completed his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security from Grantham University. Aside from teaching online classes in Security Concepts as an Adjunct Instructor, William currently works for the National Security Agency (NSA) as the Technical Director for IT Operations in the southeast region.