Bud is VentureScope’s in-house cyber expert. He has served as the Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity at Sasakawa USA since January 2016, bringing with him a combination of investigative, legal, and cybersecurity expertise. He is also the President of ISSA-NOVA.
Bud has served as a SME and advisor on cybersecurity matters ranging from security audits to security strategies for businesses. He was the head of curriculum development at a cybersecurity startup, HackEd that was acquired in 2018. In addition to teaching, Bud has experience developing training content for students aspiring to be pentesters and SOC analysts.
As a DOD contractor, Bud was awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal and Superior Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Army for his performance in Iraq from 2004-05. Prior to his DOD service, Bud was an attorney in the Securities & Exchange Commission, investigating Internet-based securities fraud.
Bud holds a JD degree in Law from the Widener University School of Law, a MA in International Development from Nagoya University, and a BA in English Literature. He speaks and writes Japanese.