Terrence (TJ) OConnor
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Ph.D., Computer Science, May 2019
Dissertation: Network Access Control through Host and Application Analysis
Advisor: Dr. William Enck
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
M.S., Computer Science, May 2008
Thesis: Bluetooth Misuse Detection
Advisor: Dr. Douglas Reeves
SANS Technology Institute, Bethesda, MD
Focus: Digital Forensics
Advisor: Dr. Ray Davidson
US Military Academy, West Point, NY
B.S., Computer Science, May 1999
Thesis: Denial of Service Prevention
Advisor: Dr. Jim Jensen
Academic and Research Appointments
Program Chair, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Florida Tech, 2019-Present
Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences and. Cybersecurity, Florida Tech, 2019-Present
Department Head, Army ROTC, Military Studies, Florida Tech, 2015-2019
Assistant Professor, US Military Academy, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2010-2011
Instructor, US Military Academy, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2008-2010
Asst. Chief of Staff, G6 Communications, 1st Special Forces Command, 2014-2015
Directorate Signal Officer, Office of Special Warfare, 2013-2014
Group Signal Officer, 10th Special Forces Group, 2011-2013
Battalion Signal Officer, 1/7 Special Forces Battalion, 2003-2006
Battalion Signal Officer, 1/2 Attack Helicopter Battalion, 2000-2002
Platoon Leader, 57th Signal Battalion, 1999-2000
1. TJ OConnor, William Enck, and Bradley Reaves. Blinded and Confused: Uncovering Systemic Flaws in Device Telemetry for Smart-Home Internet of Things, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), May, 2019. Miami, FL. (Best Paper WiSec 2019)
2. TJ OConnor, Reham Mohamed, Markus Miettinen, William Enck, Bradley Reaves, and Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi. HomeSnitch: Behavior Transparency and Control for Smart Home IoT Devices, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec), May, 2019. Miami, FL.
3. O'Connor, T.J., Enck. W, Petullo W.M, and Verma A, "PivotWall: SDN-Based Information Flow Control", SoSR 2018, Symposium on SDN Research, March 2018.
4. O'Connor, T.J., and Enck. W, "Code-Stop: Code-Reuse Prevention by Context-Aware Traffic Proxying"
ICIMP 2016, The Eleventh International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection, May 2016.
5. Fanelli, R., and O’Connor, T.J., “Experiences with Practice-Focused Undergraduate Security Education”, 3rd Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test, USENIX, August 2010.
6. O’Connor, T.J., and Sangster, B., “honeyM: A Framework for Implementing Virtual Honeyclients for Mobile Devices,” WISEC 2010 Conference Proceedings, 2010 ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security, March 2010.
7. Sangster, B., O’Connor T.J., Cook, T., Fanelli, R., Dean, E., Adams, W., Morrell, C., and Conti, G., “Toward Instrumenting Network Warfare Competitions to Generate Labeled Datasets,” 2nd Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test, USENIX, August 2009.
8. O’Connor, T.J., and Reeves, D., “Bluetooth Network-Based Misuse Detection,” ACSAC 2008 Conference Proceedings, 2008 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, December 2008.
Best Paper Award, ACM WiSec, 2019.
National Cybersecurity Innovation Award, March 2013
Ray C. Clark Award, US Military Academy D/EECS, May 2010
Bronze Star, Operation Enduring Freedom, US Army, June 2004
Bronze Order of Mercury, US Army Signal Regiment, May 2010
Cyber Challenge Champion, National Defense University, 2009
NSA Cyber Defense Exercise Winning Co-Coach, 2009, 2011
SANS Netwars Competition Record High Score, 2012
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society
Special Operations Support (K9) Identifier
Association for Computers and Machinery, Member
SANS Institute Cyber Guardian Red and Blue Teams, 2011-Present
Northeast Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), Red Team, 2010-2011
Southeast Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC), Red Team, 2016-2019
Cyber Patriot (National Youth Cyber Education Program), Mentor, 2015-2016
2. O'Connor, T.J. "Ethical and Technical Considerations of the FBI's iPhone Writ", US Military Academy Cyber Defense Laboratory Invited Guest Speaker, March 2016.
3. O'Connor, T.J., and Burhop David, "The Hacker Always Gets Through," American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Louisville, KY, June 2016. (Slides)
4. O’Connor, T.J., “Why Every Defender Should Know How To Write Exploits,” B-Sides Augusta Security Conference, Augusta, GA, September 2013.
5. O’Connor, T.J., “Don’t Pull Your Goalie: The Role of an Active Defense,” ForenSecure Security Conference, Wheaton, IL, April 2013.
7. O’Connor, T.J., Wertheimer, M., DiGiovanni, F., Papay, M., Brown, J., and Mahaffey, K., “Cyber Security Training,” I/ITSEC 2013, Orlando, FL, December 2012.
8. O’Connor, T.J., Bassel, E., Carroll, O, Denman, B., Fanelli, R., and Runyan, S., “Keys to Fighting and Winning a Cyber War,” AFCEA Homeland Security Conference 2012, Washington DC, February 2012.
9. O’Connor, T.J., Sangster, B., and Dean, E., “Using Hacking to Teach Computer Science Fundamentals,” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Presentation, March 2010.
10. O’Connor, T.J., Grunzweig, N., and Brasefield, D., “honeyM: A Framework for Implementing Virtual Honeyclients for Mobile Devices,” ShmooCon Security Conference, Washington DC, February 2010.