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Nigel Basta, PhD

Program Director, Cybersecurity
Director, Center for Cybersecurity
Unit: Cybersecurity
Location: Tigerville

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • Teaching & Education
    • PhD, Cryptography
    • MS, Computer Science
    • BS, Mathematics
    • EC-Council- Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
    • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
    • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    • Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)
    • EC- Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator(CHFI)
    • EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)
    • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
    • EC-Council Certified Incident Handler
    • CNVP Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional
    • COMPTIA Linux+ ce Certification
    • COMPTIA PenTest+ ce Certification
    • CompTIA Cloud+ ce Certification
    • CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional – CSCP
    • CompTIA Security+ ce Certification
    • Google Cloud Certified – Professional Data Engineer
    • Google Cloud Certified – Professional Cloud Architect
    • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP)
    • Project Management Projects in Controlled Environments Certification (PPM PRINCE2)
    • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
    • Information Technology Infrastructure Library Certified (ITIL)
    • IASSC Certified Six Sigma Black Belt – ICBB
  • Professional Experience
    • R&S Educational Consultants Inc. – Consultant
  • Selected Publications
    • “Computer Security and Penetration Testing, 2nd Edition” (Basta and Brown), Cengage publishing, ISBN: 9780840020932, August 2013
    • “Database security” (Basta and Zgola), Cengage publishing, ISBN: 9781435453906, August 2011
    • “Computer Security and Penetration Testing” (Basta and Halton), Thomson publishing, ISBN: 1418048267, September 2007
    • “Mathematics for Information Technology” (Basta and DeLong), Cengage publishing. ISBN: 9781111127831, March 2012
    • “Linux Operations and Administration” (Basta and Finamore), Cengage publishing ISBN: 9781111035303, July 2012
    • “Firewall and Bastion Hosts” (Holden, Basta, and Whitlock), Cengage Publishing. ISBN: 9781424085309, May 2009
  • My Network
    • Ken Ham
  • My Story

    Jesus visited me when I was 12 years old. My father was a Presbyterian pastor who decided to give up his engineering degree for his mission. He took us around the world to teach the word of God. In many areas, our lives were in danger because converting to Christianity was punishable by death. On more than one occasion, we had to go to a small room in a church as the people were throwing stones at the church’s windows. We were deported from many countries because my father was baptizing Muslims and talking to people about eternal life through the blood of Jesus on the cross. Finally, he was executed in Egypt in 1994. That incident caused me to doubt God’s existence as I thought that God was not able to protect my father. Later in my life, I understood that my father’s death was for a good reason, as no one would die for a mission if he did not believe in it himself. This helped me realize that his mission was more valuable than his own life.

    During the time of doubt, I was trying to prove that God does not exist through science. I studied biology, geology, astronomy, logic, and research methods to prove that the Bible is not true and God is a myth for the weak people who need to believe in higher powers. I failed in every count in the five disciplines I studied. For example, I visited the Grand Canyon and found the distribution of soil levels and animal fossils, proving that a global flood existed just as the Bible explained it in Genesis. I studied the internal and external validity of the Bible and found that the Bible (even though it is not a historical or scientific book) is true in every historical and scientific fact mentioned. God enlightened my heart through science and philosophy, which helped me believe in Him.

    I learned that there is nothing we can do that will get close to God because He is the ultimate perfection. I found that the only way was for God to approach me through Jesus’ blood to bridge the gap that sins have created. I decided that my mission should be to share my knowledge with others about God and Christianity through science, logic, and philosophy from that moment on.

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