Cyber security faculty

Robert Guess

Robert GuessRobert Guess is a professor of Information Systems Technology and a senior security engineer at a Fortune 100 organization. Professor Guess possesses a Master of Science in Information Assurance and has over a dozen industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP).

His professional experience includes work within the air, space and defense sectors, serving as primary subject matter expert on a National Science Foundation cyber security grant; the development of workforce certification standards for cyber security (information assurance) professionals; and periodic work as an editor and author. His work in recent years has focused on penetration testing, incident response, the forensic analysis of digital evidence, virtualization and cloud computing.

He is the program head for TCC's cyber security program on the Chesapeake Campus.

Kimberly Perez

Kimberly Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Information Science from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University.

Professor Perez also holds the following industry certifications: Microsoft Certified Professional, A+, Introduction to ArcGIS I, MOUS, Security+, GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) (expired), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) (expired), GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED) (expired), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) (expired), GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), and GIAC Legal Issues in Information Technology & Security (GLEG).

Professor Perez began her teaching and research with the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a graduate teaching assistant in 1994. She taught various courses in information systems technology. In 1997, Professor Perez joined the University of Maryland University College where she taught information systems technology courses and mentored students in Japan. In 1998, Professor Perez transferred to the European Division of the University of Maryland University College and taught in England and Turkey. From 2000 to 2005, she served as an adjunct professor and academic advisor for Saint Leo University.

She joined Tidewater Community College’s Information Systems Technology department in 2000 and is currently the lead faculty member for the cyber security program on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Andrea Di Fabio

Andrea Di Fabio, an adjunct instructor, is the interim chief information officer at Norfolk State University. In his spare time, he teaches a wide range of hands-on IT security classes at Tidewater Community College.

Additionally, Professor Di Fabio is a CompTIA subject matter expert, serves as a member of the CompTIA Executive Advisory Board, a member of the Commonwealth Information Security Council, as InfraGard Information Technology sector chief, and Infragard Board of Directors member.

He completed his Master of Science in Computer Science at Old Dominion University, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.