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Juan Lopez, Jr

Juan Lopez, Jr
Senior Technical Expert

Juan Lopez Jr., USMC (ret), joined Riverside Research in June 2008. He is currently a cyberspace research engineer at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s (AFIT) Center for Cyberspace Research where he conducts applied research in Critical Infrastructure Protection of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) modeling of 4G wireless systems.

Before joining Riverside Research, Mr. Lopez served on active duty for 27 years in the communications and information systems field as a Systems Chief, Chief Information Security Officer, Operational Planner, and Spectrum Manager in the United States Marine Corps. He worked at Joint Task Force 6 supporting Counter Drug Operations along the U.S. border, supported the 26th G-8 Summit for President Clinton in 2000, and served as a Telecommunications Certification Officer for the DOD’s Defense Information Systems Agency. He also served as an advanced technical instructor at the Command and Control Systems School in Quantico, Virginia, and adjunct faculty for Saint Leo University teaching Computer Information Systems undergraduate courses.

Mr. Lopez is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a Certified SCADA Security Architect, and a Federal Communications Commission licensed ‘Extra Class’ amateur radio operator. He received a BS degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland University College Asia in 2001, a MS degree in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management from Capitol College in 2003, and a second MS degree in Information Resource Management focused on Information Assurance and Computer Networks from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2004. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science from AFIT with an expected completion date in 2013.

Current Work

National critical infrastructure systems such as the power grid and transportation systems are increasingly becoming interconnected to enterprise networks to achieve efficiencies, improve system performance and productivity, and increase safety through automation. While the benefits have been enormous, the widespread interconnectivity poses significant risks to our nation's computer systems and, more importantly, to the critical operations and infrastructures they support.  Mr. Lopez’ current research streams consist of critical infrastructure risk assessment, vulnerability discovery of field-bus level networks, and developing network security solutions that improve SCADA system resilience without compromising safety.

Research Interests

Mr. Lopez’ research interests include firmware validation in order to detect malware intrusions and improve the resilience of SCADA component devices. Passive and active enumeration techniques of SCADA networks is another area he is investigating to improve cyber situational awareness of SCADA networks and cyber sensor integration.  In addition, Mr. Lopez is interested in Spectrum Management allocation techniques in unlicensed band segments for emerging technologies such as Ultra-Wide Band.

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