Dr. Haass is the founding faculty of the Cyber Intelligence and Security undergraduate and graduate programs and dean at the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He has been appointed to serve on Governor Ducey’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT) representing northern Arizona and serving on the education subcommittee. Dr. Haass serves as advisory board member for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a regional information sharing and analysis organization (ISAO) that includes companies in 14 of the critical infrastructure sectors. Most recently he has joined the board of the Northern Arizona Technology Association (NATA) and been the driving force and “architect” behind the Center for the Future, a Yavapai regional institution that will include a Cyber Warfare Range and other innovation facilities.
Prior to joining the University, Jon has been a leader in several startups and large corporations. At Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) he headed development of multimedia products which included digital rights management (DRM). As VP at OpenTV (now Kudelski) he worked on secure data transport using MPEG (HDTV), after that he was responsible for partnerships with anti-virus and anti-spam solutions at Sendmail (now Proofpoint). One of his companies, SoftKrypt, develops cybersecurity services and technology to private and public sector organizations including the Air Force Research Lab. He received his PhD in Mathematics at MIT where he stayed, winning a CLE Moore instructorship, while forming his first major company (LaserPlot) which created products for navigation and heads up displays.
He has developed and taught almost all of the courses in the undergraduate program from the introduction course and capstone projects with industry to computer forensics, ethical hacking and malware analysis. Having students report back their success and the employers delight asking for more students is the payback for all of the effort to launch their careers.
His areas of research interest include the security issues associated with connected cyber-physical systems that encompass aircraft, cars, industrial controls and much more. He has published on information sharing, machine learning, aviation cybersecurity, and airport cybersecurity on a grant from the National Academies of Science. With colleagues and students topics such as blockchain, supply chain, aviation cybersecurity, and vulnerability assessment are investigated including the challenges of educating the next generation of cyber warriors and intelligence/security professionals.