Israel Emmanuel


Israel Emmanuel is the Lead Instructor for the Cybersecurity, Virtualization and Forensics (CVF) program at Century College, one of Minnesota's largest two-year colleges. Israel pioneered the CVF at Century and with collaboration of other faculty developed the curriculum and associated degree and certificate programs. Israel has more than 19 years of experience in IT security, computer forensics, vulnerability, intrusion detection/prevention, and incident response. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the SANS institute. He has consulted with several Fortune 500 companies in the areas of regulatory compliance, forensics, threat detection and identity and access management.

Jake Bernier


Jake is a Red Teamer at a local Fortune 500 company where he tinkers and challenges security practices. Jake's experience includes a variety of security assessments including penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, social engineering, red teaming, and more.

Shawn Hughes

Shawn Hughes currently leads the Cyber Hunt team of a Twin Cities headquartered Fortune 100. He analyzes log files and large datasets using advanced analysis techniques to uncover unknown cyber threats. He also worked in Incident Response with the same company responding to cyber threat related incidents as they occurred. Prior to this Shawn worked in law enforcement performing digital forensic duties for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Menomonie Police Department. He processed digital evidence including cell phones, computers, networking equipment, and many other types of devices to bring resolution to numerous felony investigations involving homicide, narcotics, sex crimes, financial crimes, and others. Shawn has experience in advanced and complicated digital forensic investigations at the federal, state, and local levels of law enforcement. He is also an expert witness at trial court. He has responded to advanced threat actors and uncovered numerous findings in his performance of advanced data and log analysis. He also performs malware analysis, threat actor simulation, security engineering, Python coding, and machine learning/big data analysis.

Kristy Livingston


Kristy is currently a Sr. Security Engineer specializing in Digital Forensics and eDiscovery for an international company. She is involved in incident response, internal investigations related to employment and internal audits while supporting e-discovery for the legal department. Kristy has her BS in Computer Forensics and Digital investigations from Champlain College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Previously, Kristy worked for the State of Wisconsin and the Pennington County Sherriff's Office in South Dakota as a forensic examiner. She was a part of the federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Her case load included both state and federal crimes. She has also worked for a Fortune 100 retailer and a top ranking medical hospital. She has attended many trainings such as the National ICAC Training in 2012, Citrix Xenapp, and EnCase, EnFuse and Offensive Security.

Paul Theisen


Paul is currently a detective and forensic examiner for the City of Maplewood. Paul is a sworn law enforcement professional that investigates multiple crimes including computer crimes. He is assigned to the MN Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force and conducts forensic examination on digital evidence. He provides in-service training for department officers in the proper handling of digital evidence. He holds his Masters in Computer Forensic and Digital Investigations from Champlain College and has attended training from AccessData, NW3C and HTCIA.