Before Frank Pitera enrolled at ECPI University, he already had a lifetime of experience. Having worked 25 years as an information project manager for a number of Wall Street banks, he was confident and comfortable doing what he had always done…maybe too comfortable. “I was becoming increasingly interested in the security side of information systems and I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and try something else,” says Frank. He already had two college degrees, but needed to expand his expertise.
So, Frank moved to Richmond, Virginia, enrolled at ECPI University, and soon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Security. “I enjoyed every moment I spent at ECPI,” he says. “Even while I was attending classes, I knew I wanted to come back and share my experiences at some point.” Since graduating in 2011, he has earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Security and has spent the past three years working for the Virginia Department of Accounts.
In his capacity as an information security officer, Frank works to protect all of the sensitive information associated with the Commonwealth’s financial transactions, including payroll for more than 200,000 state employees. “Adjunct faculty members like Frank play an essential role in delivering real-world knowledge to our students,” says ECPI University Innsbrook Campus President Jacob Pope. “He is current with all the newest threats to information security because he sees them every day. He then comes to campus and shares examples of network security scenarios that may have just challenged him hours earlier.”
Frank truly enjoys having a foot in both worlds, professional and academic. “I love what I do,” he says. “I have a passion for it. When you feel that way, you can’t help but want to share it with others.”
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