Most recently Dr. Samuel Liles, is an associate professor at Purdue University West Lafayette in the Cyber Forensics Laboratory where he teaches file system forensics, embedded and mobile systems forensics, and transnational cyber crime and conflict courses. Previously he was a professor in the Information Resources Management College at The National Defense University in Washington DC where he taught courses in cyber conflict, information security, and enterprise risk management. Prior to that he was at the Computer Information Technology Department at Purdue University Calumet where he taught information assurance and security and networking courses.
As a researcher his interest is in cyber warfare as a form of low intensity conflict has had him presenting to audiences world-wide. While a full-time and tenured professor, he completed his PhD at Purdue University primarily studying cyber conflict, information assurance and security, and cyber forensics. He has a masters degree in computer science from Colorado Technical University.
He has served in the United States Army and in the United States Marine Corps. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps he worked in municipal and county law enforcement on various tasks based out of the corrections bureaus or patrol. In the early 1990s he escaped to industry working on information technology and information assurance projects around the United States for several corporations and as a consultant to government and military projects while working his way through school. As a non-traditional student that did not enter university until he was nearly 30 years old his perspectives on higher education focuses on the needs of veterans and students who just do not fit within traditional academia. He worked for various major and regional telecommunications companies and consulting companies running technical implementations of enterprise projects until 2003 when he joined the ranks of academia.
Samuel lives in West Lafayette Indiana with his twin teenage sons, a wife who works as a forensic investigator for the Army Corps of Engineers, and a labrador retriever named Hazel. In his spare time he likes to do things like ride one of his motorcycles in the Iron Butt Rally (11 days, 11 thousand miles).
Purdue University: West Lafayette, Indiana April 2005 to May 2012, PhD College of Technology (Digital Forensics), Dissertation Title: “Cyber warfare as a form of conflict: Evaluation of models of cyber conflict as a prototype to conceptual analysis”, Advisor: Marcus Rogers
Purdue University: West Lafayette, Indiana June 2004 to August 2004, Information Assurance Graduate Certificate Education
Colorado Technical University: Colorado Springs, Colorado July 1998 to February 1999, MSCS Software Systems Engineering
Huron University: Huron, South Dakota December 1997 to August 1998, BS Computer Science
Westmar University: Le Mars, Iowa December 1996 to July 1998, BA
Edison Community College: Fort Myers, Florida April 1994 to May 1996, AA General Studies
• Current DoD clearance
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), April 2010
• Sun Microsystems Workgroup and Enterprise GSP Certification, August 2003
• Colorado Technical University Certification in C++, March 1999
Purdue University – CERIAS Symposium 2012 Poster session first place award
Department of Homeland Security – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fellowship – Purdue University Homeland Security Institute January 2008
Sun Microsystems – Outstanding Service Provider of the Quarter – Sun Microsystems Q2 January 2002
Sun Microsystems – Mid-Americas Partner of the Month – Sun Microsystems March 2001
Huron University – Suma Cum Laude, July 1998
Huronian Award – Huron University May 1998
Westmar University – Magna Cum Laude, December 1998
Westmar University Student Association Achievement – Westmar University 1997
Joint Meritorious Unit Award – United States Marine Corps March 1985
Meritorious Mast – United States Marine Corps December 1984
Devost, M., Dion, M., Healey, J., Gourley, B., Liles, S., Mulvenon, C., Pitts, H., Rattray G., “Addressing Cyber Instability”, Cyber Conflict Studies Association, 2012
Liles, S., “A unified generational warfare model”, The Handbook of 5th Generation Warfare, 2010
Liles, S., “The issues of non-state actors and the nation state”, Threats in the Age of Obama, 2009
Liles, S., Kamali, R., “Information Assurance and Security Curriculum Meeting the SIGITE Guidelines”, Handbook of Research on Social and Organizational Liabilities in Information Security; 2008
Borton, M., Liles, S., Liles, S. “Cyberwar Policy”, The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, Spring 2010, pp 303 – 324
Borton, M., Liles, S, “Active defense of corporate information systems”, IO Journal, May 2010
Wozniak, J., Liles, S. “Political and technical roadblocks to cyber attack attribution”, IO Journal, Inaugural Issue, April 2009
Liles, S., A review of Software Forensics by Robert Slade, Journal of Digital Forensic Practice. 2008.
Liles, S., Kamali, R., “An Information Assurance and Security curriculum implementation” The Journal of Issues in Information Systems and Information Technology Volume 3, 2006
Kamali, R., Liles, S., Jiang, K., Nicolai, B., “A Curriculum Model Based on the SIGITE Guidelines” Journal of Information Technology Education, Volume 5, 2006.
United States v. Ray Andrus, On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Kansas,” Brief of Amici Curiae Computer Forensics Researchers and Scientists”, August 2007
United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Andrew Auernheimer, Defendant-Appellant. Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Case No. 11-CR-470, Judge Susan D. Wigenton
Liles, S., Dietz, J.E., Rogers, M., Larson, D., “Applying traditional military principles to cyber warfare”, Fourth Annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict, Cooperative Cyber Defence, Center of Excellence, June 5 – 8, 2012, Talinn Estonia
Uzubell, S., Liles, S., Jiang, K., “An Analysis of the Common Body of Knowledge of Software Assurance”, SIGITE, October 7 – 9, 2010, Central Michigan University, Midland MI
Liles, S. ”Cyberwarfare: A form of low-intensity conflict and insurgency”, In proceedings Conference on Cyber Conflict, Cooperative Cyber Defence, Center of Excellence, June 16-18, 2010, Tallinn Estonia
Liles, S., “Cyber warfare compared to fourth and fifth generation warfare as applied to the Internet”. In proceedings of International 2007 International Symposium on Technology and Society: Risk, Vulnerability, Uncertainty, Technology and Society, June 1 – 2, 2007, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Rosco, R., Rogers, M. Liles, S., “Breaking Down Stereotypes: A Call for an ontological Model”. In proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences Hilton Waikoloa Village Waikoloa HI January 3 – 6, 2007
Liles, S., Kamali, R., 2006. “An Information Assurance and Security curriculum implementation”. In proceedings of International Informing Science + Information Technology Education joint Conference (Manchester, England, UK, June 25 -28 2006).
Kamali, R., Liles, S., Winer, C., Jiang, K., and Nicolai, B. 2005. “An implementation of the SIGITE model curriculum”. In Proceedings of the 6th Conference on information Technology Education (Newark, NJ, USA, October 20 – 22, 2005). SIGITE ’05. ACM Press, New York, NY.
Liles, S., “A vendor neutral wide area networking course” American Society for Engineering Education 2005 Illinois-Indiana Sectional Conference (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA April 1-2, 2005)
Liles, S., “A vendor neutral local area networking course” American Society for Engineering Education 2005 Illinois-Indiana Sectional Conference (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA April 1-2, 2005)
Liles, S., “Distance Education II Collaboration With Industry: Utilizing Software To Build Community and Foster Communication”, ASEE CIEC 2005, February 24-25, 2005
Barrett, D., Kipper, G., Virtualization and Forensics: A digital forensic investigator’s guide to virtual environments, Syngress 2010
Bolt, S., Xbox Forensics, First Edition, Syngress 2010
NCR Corporation: Senior Consultant 1 – August 2000 to August 2003
Led efforts towards extensive system integration tasks on various information technology projects. Provided consulting and knowledge of SNMP traffic, firewalls, security, help desk, systems, and project management as required to customer executives and technical experts. Provided leadership and responsibility for entire architectural review prior to implementation on customer project sites. Supported any engineering activities for project enhancements internationally. Developed and wrote white papers setting project scope and methods for corporate leadership.
• Advanced customer corporate goals toward systems engineering of networks and security
• Enhanced leadership towards capacity planning and provisioning
• Effectively provided consultancy for firewall and Security
• Led efforts for customers towards trouble shooting of network issues
• Enhanced, adapted, and led world-wide logistical analysis and planning efforts
• Determined best practices for configuration management activities
• Led successful customer support solution design and implementation efforts
• Led customer interaction and communication strategies
• Developed corporate cisco installation and management practice
• Developed and integrated Sun Microsystems Solaris within the enterprise
• Enhanced and adapted SNMP and RMON to the federated enterprise
• Engaged in extensive negotiation and communication with senior customer executives
• Provided leadership of project management across federated enterprise environments
Access Data Consulting Corporation: Senior Technical Consultant - April 2000 to August 2000
Provided leadership and served as senior technical consultant providing assistance to other members of the team. Worked closely with the architectural design requirements of a web enhanced application suite. Was responsible for providing documentation and briefing materials for customer executive management. Served a customer base composed of leading e-commerce companies. Developed and implemented help desk processes and procedures for insuring customer satisfaction.
• Engaged in web application development
• Developed and wrote Java Script applications for web pages
• Developed and wrote HTML coded web pages
• Managed several types of web and application servers
• Developed and responded to verification of specifications and requirements documents
• Provided capability documents and analysis of requirements to customers
Litton/TASC (Now just TASC): Senior Member Technical Staff – September 1999 to April 2000.
Managed the release of software, network enhancements, and Source-Safe code library within Department of Defense requirements. Assisted with response to technical queries, consultations with customer, and engineered technical solutions. Provided domain expertise and leadership in developing network solutions, and software engineering of project management software within the Department of Defense context. Procured, maintained, and solved issues dealing with network operating systems and hardware within the Department of Defense customer environment. Led analysis of and suggested response to customer training and solution needs at the customer site. Led and managed timelines, budgets, and project activities of vendors for the Department of Defense customer. Provided leadership and held responsibility for briefing general officers, military staff, and executive civilian staff on various assigned topics.
• Provided solutions to technical queries in consultation with customer and engineering staff
• Managed user requirements and developer solutions as needed
• Maintained and developed security plan and adherence to USAF policies strategy
• Maintained and insured adherence to disaster recovery policies and procedures
• Provided leadership and mentorship to subordinates
• Developed, wrote, and implemented enterprise project plans
• Briefed senior and executive management on various solution oriented proposals
• Managed budget and control costs of infrastructure components
• Provided subject matter expertise in network solutions, and software engineering of project management software
• Analyzed, suggested, and trained on various solution subjects at the customer site.
MCIWorldcom (Contracted Services): Senior Program Manager – February 1999 to September 1999.
Provided leadership and subject matter expertise for systems analysis on the Y2K project. Provided technical leadership and oversight for executive management. Held primary responsibility for briefing customer executive management on technical solution strategies. Managed the development of migration paths for the known universe of network equipment. Managed a budget of over $60 million and coordinated expense documentation with the financial executive manager. Provided subject matter expertise to management on embedded network systems. Developed requirements analysis documentation for project management software. Briefed senior executive leadership on project milestone successes and issues.
• Responsible for hiring, reviewing and firing contractor/employee project staff
• Tasked with leadership and coordinating team activities across the project
• Developed, and wrote project scope documents
• Developed, wrote, and implemented project plans
• Developed, wrote and edited multiple statements of work as subject matter expert
• Briefed senior and executive MCIW personnel on customer and project goals
• Briefed senior and executive customer personnel on techniques, procedures and solutions
• Served as subject matter expert liaison to customer senior technical staff
• Provided knowledge of, and dealt with known universe of embedded network systems
• Designed, integrated, and implemented municipal area networks (MAN’s), wide area networks (WAN’s), local area networks (LAN’s) globally
• Developed, managed, and implemented enterprise wide solutions for fortune 100 customers
• Developed and analyzed requirements on a variety of project management software tools
• Responsible as the subject matter expert for project wide activities
Basec.Net: Network Engineer - December 1997 to June 1998
Managed, implemented, and configured Internet hardware across the corporate enterprise. Led and developed innovative solutions for federation of customer enterprise networks. Developed and managed corporate billing and helpdesk database. Led team of technical assistance personnel who provided Tier 2 and Tier 3 help desk support. Responsible for briefing management of customer companies on product enhancements and enterprise solutions. Developed and maintained applications and performed webmaster functions developing web pages. Managed and implemented enterprise wide infrastructure enhancements.
• Installed, and configured Internet hardware (Cisco routers, Livingston Portmasters, Servers, etc.) into Internet Service Provider backbone
• Created and managed user database
• Interviewed and provided hiring recommendations on numerous personnel
• Conducted performance reviews of technical assistance personnel
• Developed and implemented a training program for technical assistance personnel
• Developed and maintained various UNIX applications
• Managed and implemented enterprise wide infrastructure enhancements
• Integrated processes for implementation of security policies
- USACM, Committee Member, 2012 to Present
- CERIAS, 2005 to Present
- ACM, 2003 to Present
- IEEE, 2003 to Present