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The FITSI Item Writing Committee is tasked with determining the cut score of the certification exams as well updating questions to ensure the exam items remain relevant within the body of knowledge.

All item writing committee members are both subject matter experts in Federal IT security as well as possessing strong experience in the IT security certification market.

Current members are list below:

Yuly M. Benink
Yuly M. Benink was born in Cali, Colombia. She was raised and educated in Colombia where she lived until moving to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 1985. Yuly attended school and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Bachelor of Science: Accounting.  In her present position, Yuly serves as a Senior Information Assurance Analyst, as a subject matter expert (SME) providing NIST, DHS, and TSA Information Assurance (IA) guidance in support of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)Certification and Authorization of systems.

Yuly spent the majority of her professional life as an Information Assurance Analyst and certified Network Engineer. During her career, Yuly have acquired valuable experience in all facets of information Assurance, computer security, telecommunications security, network operations and systems security, service provisioning, Guard provisioning, customer and vendor relations, supervisory experience, and new technology services development and implementation. Other skills include X.509 Certificates (FORTEZZA, PKI Certificates), X.500 directory service, Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM), System Readiness Review test (SRR's, Gold Disk), proficiency with MS Windows, Unix Operating Systems, and numerous research and target related applications and tools.

As Information Assurance Analyst, she have worked in a multitude of DOD environments, to include the Pentagon, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, and the US Marine Corps.

Diane Groth - FITSP-D
Ms. Groth is a Senior Cyber Security and Information Systems Engineer. She has 30 years experience in industry and federal government. Her career positions have included systems engineer, security engineer, information assurance consultant, network security engineer, and GG15 information systems security engineer at the National Security Agency. Her education consists of Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems, Master of Science degree in Computer Security from The Johns Hopkins University, and pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems/Computer Science from George Mason University. Ms. Groth holds the FITSP-Designer certification for engineers and other certifications. She has been an avid mentor, role model, and promoter of the science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curriculum to advance girls/women into STEM careers.

Kathleen Miller - FITSP-M, CISSP
Kat Miller is a Sr. Instructional Designer with over 25 years of experience in every aspect of course design, including the creation of test items. Ms Miller created a bank of 200+ test questions that were to be used to ensure that Navy Medical personnel have a basic level of knowledge before being granted payment vouchers to attend DoDD 8570.1 certification preparation classes. She has taught IA Basics, Certification & Accreditation, and System Development Life Cycle. She served as a designer on various role-based Information Assurance training projects. Ms. Miller is a holder of the Security+ and FITSP-M certifications. 

Carlos Salinas - FITSP-A, Security+
Mr. Salinas is a highly motivated, Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English), energetic professional who possesses strong communication abilities, including the skill of active listening. Relates well with people, adapts easily to working environment, and wins the confidence and credibility with clients through thoroughness and attention to needs. He is detailed-oriented, technically competent individual who learns quickly and adapts to new assignments. For over thirty years, he has helped organizations to define, develop, document, and implement best industry practices, standards, methodologies, process improvements, networks and provide internet security analysis.

His experience includes: IA C&A DIACAP, FISMA Compliance SP-800-(53), (53a), (30), (18), (37), (39), (59), (60), (137), FIPS 199 and FIPS 200. ICD 503, CNSSI 1253, 1253a, NIST compliance and policy areas. Biometrics (Finger print and Retina), Web Sense Security, Net Detector Network Intrusion recorder and Analyzer. “Fidelis” real time Intrusion Detection System, Data Armor encryption for desktops, Gold Disk, NIDS, HIDS, IDP, Event Comb Security Logs, HBID from McAfee, Symantec Antivirus, Windows Defender, SCCVI Retina, Harris Stat. DOD 8500.1, 8530.2 IA. Supporting Enterprise Vulnerability Management, VMS and CYBER Security tasks on NIPRNET, SIPRNET, and JWICS networks. To include CCRI tasks and implementing the latest DISA STIGS.

Mr. Thompson currently serves as the Information Technology Security Officer for the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of the Chief Information Officer. Prior to NOAA, in over 25 years, he served in various leading IT Security roles for multiple US Government agencies such as the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Justice, and Import-Export Bank of the United States.

Jim is an information assurance professional and technical trainer with 15+ years of experience.  Jim runs his own successful small business and has been involved in teaching IT security course for clients such as Department of State, Department of Defense, Booz Allen and Hamilton, and KPMG.  Through his deep involvement in the process of FISMA compliance audits over much of the last decade, he recognized the critical need for tailored, role-based security training for the Federal, military, and contractor personnel who work so hard to secure our nation's critical Federal IT systems.  The creation of FITSI and the FITSP training and credentialing processes came about as a direct result of his day-to-day exposure to these dedicated people and their repeated comments regarding specialized training and certification needs.