Academic Advisory Board

The experts behind SBT’s training and certifications.

Our academic content is overseen by our Academic Advisory Board, with a combined total of over 100 years experience in the security industry. Some names and pictures have been redacted for security reasons, due to the nature of their work.

Comprised of industry experts including Senior Security Analysts, Security Managers, and Cyber Instructors, the board ensures that our certifications are comprehensive and transfer the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in defensive security.

James Weston

Senior SOC Analyst

James is a former Police Officer who is now a Senior SOC Analyst and Co-Founder of PhishTool.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Filip Vlasic

Senior Security Analyst

CISSP, MSc

Filip is a Senior Security Analyst with experience as a consultant, and 8 years in a government CERT.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Gabrielle Hempel

Senior Security Analyst

CECI, CCIP, CCTA, CHTI

Gabrielle is a Senior Security Analyst, an instructor on Cybrary, and provides consultancy to Law Enforcement agencies.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Derek Scheller Jr

Senior Security Engineer

CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCED, GPYC, CEH

Derek is a US Army Veteran, a Senior Security Engineer, and previously a SANS mentor for SEC401/501.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Michael Jenks

Training Program Lead

GCIA, GCIH

Michael works as a Training Program Lead, has previously worked as an analyst, incident responder, and has helped build multiple SOCs.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Jake

Tactical Threat Analyst

Treadstone 71, GIAT

Jake is an experienced SOC and Tactical Threat Analyst, with advanced knowledge of OSINT, Threat Intelligence, and Phishing.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Shawn Thomas

SOC Manager

Shawn is a SOC Manager, incident responder, threat hunter, podcaster, and speaker. He builds and manages detection programs for large enterprises, while mentoring analysts.

BTL1 Advisory Board.

Ismael Briones-Vilar

Senior Security Analyst

GCFA, GREM, GASF, EnCE

Ismael is a Senior Security Analyst, specialising in digital forensics and malware analysis, with over 15 years experience in this field.

BTL1/2 Advisory Board.

Joshua Beaman

Incident Responder

GCED, GCIH, GDAT, GEVA, GXPN

Joshua is the founder of SBT and has experience as a SOC Analyst and Incident Responder, with skills across security investigations, digital forensics, vulnerability management, and threat intelligence.

BTL1/2 Advisory Board.

Mat Lyons

Incident Response Consultant

GCED

Mat is an Enterprise Incident Management Consultant focusing on threat hunting, incident response, and proactive services.

BTL2 Advisory Board.

Andrew Tomlinson

Senior Security Analyst

GDAT, GCIA, OSCP, eCPPTv2

Andrew is a Senior Security Analyst, working as the defensive use case and assurance function lead.

BTL2 Advisory Board.

Jai Minton

Principal Security Analyst

OSCP, CCFH, CCFR

Jai is a Principal Security Analyst at a global Managed Detection and Response organisation.

BTL2 Advisory Board.

Sean Pattee

Incident Responder

CISSP, OSCP, GCFA, GCIA, GCIH, GDAT

Sean is a Senior Threat Analyst, incident responder, and co-runs a Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics firm.

BTL2 Advisory Board.