FITSI Item Writing Committee

Current FITSI Item Writing Committee members are listed below.


Faraz Alam - FITSP-D-NG, FITSP-O-NG, CASP, Security+  and CAP

  Faraz is a Security Project Manager.  He has held jobs in the following areas: as a service desk analyst, helpdesk technician, technical consultant, network support and over the past 10+ years he has been a cybersecurity & privacy compliance practitioner. Recently he assisted in developing & implementing a FedRAMP authorized service which required FedRAMP Authorization and Accreditation (A&A). In this capacity he created system boundary templates, a roles & responsibilities matrix, risk management process, and project schedule among other FedRAMP security deliverables. Faraz worked with the client's senior management to train IT staff implement NIST 800-53R4 controls.

Shashi Dabir - FITSP-A, C|CISO, Security+

  Shashi is a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert/Analyst/Architect/Engineer with expertise and experience in multiple areas (e.g., protection needs, assessment, requirements elicitation, security architecture, threat assessment, computer security, communication security, networking, security technologies, hardware and software development, test and evaluation, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing with a Graduate degree in Telecommunications, Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO/Sec+) DoD 8570/8140 Compliant, experienced in Cyber Security/Risk Management Framework/Capability Maturity Model Gap Analysis, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Continuous Monitoring, Systems Security Engineering, Security Authorization, Assessment and Authorization, Operating System, Network/Digital Media/Mobile Forensics, Enterprise Resource Planning, Network Applications, Database Security, Technical/Proposal Writing, Request for Information and Information Assurance related fields: Defense-in-Depth, Evaluation of Firewalls, Audit, Intrusion Detection Systems, Identity Access & Management tools, Enterprise Patch and Vulnerability Management, Insider Threat tools, Computer, Network Forensics, Design and Security Analysis, Security Readiness Reviews, Security Test and Evaluation of SOA, Web Services and N-Tier Architectures in accordance with Agency’s Cyber Security Framework for Military/Law Enforcement/IC/Federal Civilian Agencies.

Karen Goolishian - FITSP-M, ISC2 CISSP/CAP, ISACA CRISC, PMI PMP, Qualified Navy Validator

  Karen Goolishian is an Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) supporting the Navy, Air Force and Army with Risk Management Framework Assessment and Authorization as well as providing independent verification and validation. She has over 27 years of experience with Information Systems stemming from her time served in the United States Navy as an Oceans Systems Technician. Her career positions have included Database Administrator, System Engineer, Chief IT Systems Engineer, Navy Validator(FQNV/QNV)/ Marine Corps Validator (MCEN), Information Assurance Technical (IAT) and Information Assurance Manager (IAM). Her education consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Security as well as a Masters of Science in Information Security from American Sentinel University. She has taught ISC2 CISSP and CompTIA Security+ preparation courses as well as IA for Managers.

Tamarcus Person - FITSP-M, ITILv3, TCNA, C)ISSO, ISCAP


Tamarcus Person currently serves as an Information Assurance Principal Engineer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Biometrics & Identity Management (OBIM). He has over 18+ years of work experience in the Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity fields. His primary job duties included coordinating with clients to ensure policy requirements are met, development & enforcement of IT policy/procedures/processes, ensuring operational security, supporting IT/Financial audits, physical security, personnel security, configuration management, acquisitions management, technical writing, patch management, flaw remediation, security assessments, and performing market analysis/research for Commercial-of-the-Shelf (COTS) products. His past roles included serving as a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Internal Information System Security Officer (ISSO) under Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), DHS/FEMA-appointed Alternate ISSO as well as Project Lead/Subject Matter Expert for several Federal clients/contracts such as DHS, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), Department of Administration (DoA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was born in Weldon, North Carolina and later moved to Washington, D.C. before settling in Silver Spring, Maryland. During this time frame, Mr. Person has volunteered under several programs and mentored a quite extensive list of successful counterparts. Additionally, Mr. Person served in the military as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy.


Terrel Williams - FITSP-M, CISSP, PMP, CEH, CCNA Security, Security +, ECSA, ITIL

  Terrel Williams currently serves as a Cybersecurity Service Provider for the Department of Defense in the Intelligence Community. He has over 35+ years of experience in Information Technology and Information Assurance. During his 28-year military career he served in various IT Operations and Security roles leading major efforts both nationally and abroad. After military retirement, he assumed a project manager position leading system control and computer network defense watch officers for the United States Cyber Command before accepting a civil service position with the Defense Information Systems Agency. Since then, he has served at numerous other agencies performing both offensive and defensive cyber operations.