Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 127
Silvia Vargas is a Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking at Montgomery College.
She is the Cybersecurity Center Point of Contact (PoC) and Program Coordinator.
She has over 15 years of engineering experience in network security, server and network administration, identity management, system integration, biometrics, and patch / vulnerability management.
Professor Vargas graduated cum laude from The Catholic University of America and has earned a bachelor's in Management Information Systems, a master's in Computer Science/Information Assurance, and a master's in Engineering Management.
She has served in various roles including security and project management for federal and state agencies. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, as well as training at other institutions across the Washington metropolitan area and abroad.
Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 131
BiographyDavid Vargas is a Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking at Montgomery College. In addition, he is President of VATG, Inc. and a professor in cybersecurity at several local colleges and universities.
He has worked extensively in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors and often shares his expertise at security conferences and professional meetings nationwide. Professor Vargas graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University, and has completed graduate work in Information Systems at the Johns Hopkins University.
His current certifications include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).
Office Location: Germantown Campus, HT 228
BiographyTesfaye Lemma is an associate professor of cybersecurity and networking at Montgomery College. He is an SME in application and database development, ERP, information assurance, business intelligence (BI) analysis and development.
Professor Lemma graduated from The Catholic University of America where he earned a master's in Computer Science/Information Assurance.
Office Hours: By Appointment
BiographyAshish Shah is an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking at Montgomery College. He has been an Information Technology Professional for over 23 years, working in Systems Management, IT/Cybersecurity, Software Development, Enterprise Portal Deployment/Development, Web 2.0 technologies, Enterprise Reporting, Data warehouses and UI Design/Development.
Professor Shah has been teaching at Montgomery College for over 18 years for courses such as System Analysis and Design, Microcomputer Essentials, Network Security, Information Security Capstone, C++ Programming, Web technologies, HTML, Java, Oracle, Computer and Database Concepts and Project Management.
He graduated from the Pune University in India where he earned Bachelor of Science Electronics and Telecommunications. He has a master’s in Information Systems and Technology from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jacob Trigoboff is an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking at Montgomery
College and a Cybersecurity Engineer for the US State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic
Professor Trigoboff graduated from the George Washington University with a master's in Digital Forensics and currently holds a Security+ SE Certification.
He is an avid cyclist, hiker, tech enthusiast, and signer.
BiographyMatthew Early is a lecturer in the cybersecurity program at Montgomery College and a Director of IT Operations and Security Systems for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock.
Professor Early has worked extensively in the cybersecurity field in the public, private and healthcare sectors over the last 20 years with specialized expertise in vulnerability management and operational security.
He earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science/Information Assurance from The Catholic University of America. He has also served as a guest instructor at George Mason University.
His current certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional-Information, Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Network+, A+, and is a Fully Qualified Navy Validator (FQNV).
BiographyDenzell Henderson is a Lecturer of Cybersecurity and Networking at Montgomery College. He is an experienced cloud engineer with a vast understanding of security, cloud platforms, Linux, and Windows systems.
Professor Henderson graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he earned a bachelor of science in Management Information Systems.