Alfred Arsenault

Alumni (MIDS 2017)


I'm using the MIDS program to better understand how Data Science can be used to improve Cyber Security.


I've worked in Cyber Security for 30 years, focusing on a variety of areas. I started with Operating Systems security, then moved to Network Security (TCP/IP and LAN architectures); then cryptography and PKIs; wireless network security (cell phone and 802.11 networks), enterprise architectures, mobile ecosystem security, and cloud security. Data Science is becoming a major part of the field of Cyber Security, and I find it a fascinating area with a lot of possible applications.

I currently work for the MITRE Corp., a "Federally Funded Research and Development Center" that consults for the US Government. I've previously worked for a wireless security start-up that crashed in the dot-com boom and bust (but held on for 10 years before going under :-); a network research company that got bought by a huge defense contractor; and for the US Government itself. I've been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy. I have a B.S. in Physics from Southeastern Louisiana University, and an M.S. in Computer Science and Statistics from Purdue University (Boiler Up!!).

Fun fact: I lost on Jeopardy!  To Ken Jennings, 74-game winner, in his 8th game, aired on June 11 2004. But I was the only contestant who got Final Jeopardy! right.

Last updated:

May 28, 2024