Cyber Security Advisory Board

Cyber Security Advisory Board

Academic excellence guided by industry experts.


As information security professionals, advisory council members will serve as advisors to the Gupta College of Business and support the design of the cybersecurity program. 

Sandra Blanke
“Their insight and expertise will give us an insider perspective on industry needs so the Gupta College of Business can continue being a leader in practice-based business education.”
Cybersecurity Program Director Sandra Blanke, Ph.D., CISSP

Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity Advisory Board:

  Name Company Affiliation About
Abby Knowles Abby Knowles Verizon Wireless Vice president of West Network Assurance at Verizon. Previously, she has the executive director of Network Operations and director of Network Engineering.
Carl Bryant

Carl Bryant, MBA '13

Amazon Web Services

Practice Leader for security, risk, and compliance at Amazon Web Services Professional Services. Carl has been with AWS for two years and has over 15 years of experience in Cybersecurity.
Ismail Guneydas

Ismail Guneydas, MBA '15


Information security lead at Tesla, Guneyadas serves the university as an adjunct instructor of cybersecurity. Prior to his current role, he served as vulnerability management at Kimberly Clark.
Branden Williams Branden Williams, MBA '04 MUFG Bank Director of SVP Cyber Security at MUFG Union Bank, he serves the university as an adjunct instructor of cybersecurity. 
John South John South, CISSP, CISA, MBA ’97 Consultant Consultant to the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center and former Heartland Payment Systems as its chief security officer. He also serves the university as an adjunct instructor of cybersecurity.
Brian Wrozek Brian Wrozek, MBA ’08 Optiv Securities Managing executive director for the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer at Optiv Inc and is an adjunct professor in cybersecurity and information technology. Prior to his current role, he served as chief security officer at Alliance Data, and information technology and security director at Texas Instruments.
Biodun Awojobi Biodun Awojobi, Ph.D. Google

Security Community Practice Lead at Google for the South-Central Subregion. He focuses on infrastructure, application modernization and security for the Google Cloud Platform. Prior to Google, Awojobi worked at Microsoft as the Senior Technical Specialist of Security and Compliance. He serves as an adjunct professor at UD focusing on technical cybersecurity courses.

Kai Axford Kai Axford  Trintech, Financial Software  Kai Axford is the director of Security & Compliance and serves as their chief information security officer responsible for security operations, audit and compliance, application security, and overall security posture.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at UD focusing on Penetration Testing.