Professor of Homeland Security and Department Chair, Department of Security Studies and International Affairs
Security Studies and International Affairs Dept
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach campus


Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D., CCE, CCFP, CISSP, is a Professor of Cybersecurity and chair of the Security Studies & International Affairs Dept. at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach campus. He started at ERAU in 2012, where he was responsible for starting the Cybersecurity minor and M.S. in Cybersecurity Management & Policy. His research interests include digital forensics, mobile device forensics, and lone operator cyberterrorism.

Gary is a member of the North Florida and Hawaii Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Forces. He is the co-author of two professional texts and over 70 articles, a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, and past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. He is also an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

From 2000-2010, Gary was an Associate Professor at Champlain College (Burlington, VT), where he started one of the U.S.'s first undergraduate programs in digital forensics and was the first to offer such a program online. From 2011-2012, he ran the M.S. in Information Assurance program at Norwich University (Northfield, VT).

More information about Gary can be found at his Web site, http://www.garykessler.net.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Computing Technology in Educ, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Computer Science, University of Vermont
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Humbold State University

  • HS 465: Cybercrime and Cyberlaw
  • HS 485: War, Terror, Diplmcy in Cybers
  • MCMP 690: Cybersec Mgt/Policy Capstone I

HS155 - Foundations of Cybersecurity

HS235 - Introduction to Computers & Networks

HS335 - Information Security Tools & Techniques

HS 365 - Introduction to Digital Forensics


Kessler, G.C. (2007, September). Experiences and Methodologies Teaching Hands-On Cyberforensics Skills Online. In D. Edgar-Nevill (Ed.), Proceedings of CFET 2007: 1st International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training. Canterbury, UK: Canterbury Christ Church University.


Kessler, G.C. (2008, March). On Teaching TCP/IP Protocol Analysis to Computer Forensics Examiners. Journal of Digital Forensic Practice, 2(1), 43-53.


Kessler, G.C., & Hoag, J. (2008, June). The Power of Simple Hands-On Cyberforensics Exercises: A Guide for Faculty. In R. Dodge (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. Best Colloquium Paper Award.


Kessler, G.C., Simpson, R., & Fry, J. (2009). Multidisciplinary Learning Using Mock Trials. International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2(2), 141-155.


Browning, D., & Kessler, G.C. (2009). Bluetooth Hacking: A Case Study. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 4(2), 57-71.


Kessler, G.C., & Haggerty, D.A. (2010, January). An Online Graduate Program in Digital Investigation Management: Pedagogy and Overview. Journal of Digital Forensic Practice, 3(1), 11-22.


Mislan, R.P., Casey, E., & Kessler, G.C. (2010). The Growing Need for On-Scene Triage of Mobile Devices. Digital Investigation, 6(3-4), 112-124.


Lessard, J., & Kessler, G.C. (2010, September). Android Forensics: Simplifying Cell Phone Examinations. Small Scale Digital Device Forensics Journal, 4(1).


Kessler, G.C., & Hosmer, C. (2011). An Overview of Steganography. In M.V. Zelkowitz (ed.), Advances in Computers, Volume 83 (pp. 51-107). Burlington (MA): Academic Press.


Kessler, G.C. (2011). Judges' Awareness, Understanding, and Application of Digital Evidence. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 6(1), 55-72.


Kessler, G.C. (2012, February). Information Security: New Threats or Familiar Problems? IEEE Computer Magazine, 45(2), 59-65.


Carlton, G.H., & Kessler, G.C. (2012). Identifying Trace Evidence from Target-Specific Data Wiping Application Software. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 7(2), 113


Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)

Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)