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Dr. Reza Ghaffari

Dr. Reza Ghaffari is the CEO and founder of Cyber Vet Solutions, LLC. Prior to founding Cyber Vet Solutions, he worked at various Aerospace, High Tech and Steel Industries which were in the Fortune 100/500 companies’ rankings such as Northrup Grumman Corporation, General Electric, U.S. Steel, and Intergraph Federal System for over 35 years. Supporting various aviation aircraft/missions, Industrial Control Systems/Robotics, Commercial and Military Communication systems, Automatic Test Equipment design and implementation.

Dr. Ghaffari is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Cybersecurity graduate program, and also Adjunct Professor at the joint graduate program for the Citadel (Military College of South Carolina), and College of Charleston as cyber and computer sciences instructor.

Dr. Ghaffari led the JITC-East Information Assurance activities and supported DITSCAP and DIACAP activities tasked to JITC. He was also engaged in supporting Joint Command and Control (JC2) as Cybersecurity Technical Lead and Architect. Dr. Ghaffari worked on various DoD JC2 systems including Joint-STARS, GCCS-J, GCSS-J, GCSS-A, Rapid O-Planning, Defense Security Service Facility C&A Automation, and weapon systems such as Patriot, Hawk, and MLRS. Also, he retired as a Captain from the United States Navy after serving for 30 years in active and reserve status duties.

Throughout Dr. Ghaffari’s career, he was a part of several tours in the Pentagon where he supported cyber requirement, and the OPNAV Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) / Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Lead Black Belt. He completed two years of active duty with PEO Joint Strike Fighter in Washington DC, engaged as Navy Reserve supporting unit commanding officer and Cybersecurity Certifying Authoring and for CONUS and OCONUS partner countries facility certification and Cybersecurity training for the program and CIO.

Dr. Ghaffari deployed to Afghanistan for one year as the Officer in Charge of NAVAIR FWD UAV and Aerostat programs (PGSS, Copperhead, PSUAS, ANA Exportable PGSS). He is presently supporting NAVAIR PMA-266 as Cybersecurity SME in support of Cyber requirements and planning and implementation of Cybersecurity effort to improve programs cyber resilience (Cyber issues, Roadmap, Risk Assessment, Threat Analysis, technology recommendation) on their ongoing UAS (MQ-8, MQ-9, and future UAS programs) and helped the program transitions from DIACAP C&A to new Risk Management Framework (RMF) A&A. He also supports Navy OPNAV-N98 with their cyber-related requirement activities across the Naval Aviation pertaining improvement to Navy warfighting capabilities, programming, and budgeting.

Dr. Ghaffari received numerous certifications, but his academic accomplishments are Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1980 and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Digital Controls) from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1986. He also received a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and a JPME certification from the Naval War College in 2007. Additionally, he received his certification in Advance JPME from Joint Forces Staff College in 2008. Further, He completed his Doctoral of Engineering (D. Eng.) degree in Engineering Management performed his research and dissertation in Cybersecurity Risk Assessment, UAS mission-related Cyber Threats and their relationship with applying NIST SP 800-53 Security Controls applicable to Mission Essential Functions (MEFs) in support of the Unmanned Air Systems at the George Washington University in 2017.

Dr. Reza Ghaffari

Contact Information
E-Mail: rghaffar@citadel.edu

 

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