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
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
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
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.
Tommy Thompson - FITSP-M, CISSP, CAP, CISA, CISM, CGRCM, CGRCM-IT,
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 Wiggins - CISSP-ISSEP, CISM, CISA, CAP, SSCP, IAM, IEM,
SCNA, SCNP, SCNS, CEH, ECSA, CHFI, LPT, TICSA, CIWSA, Security+, and
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