Duane Dunston
Duane Dunston
Assistant Professor
Division of Information Technology & Sciences
Affiliated with Computer Networking & Cybersecurity
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About Duane Dunston

Duane Dunston is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Champlain College. He's been in Information Security since 1997. With a graduate degree in Organizational Management, he is also an adjunct Information Assurance instructor at Pfeiffer University, his Alma Mater. He is also the coach for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), and this year Champlain's team placed second. Duane is also a mentor for the Cyber Patriots Program at Champlain Valley Union High School.

Duane has written over a dozen articles, several being published through linuxsecurity.com. He is currently researching the usability of cryptography and has created an application, h2H Messenger, that is designed to make public key infrastructure easy to use and to make enterprise use of the application more efficient. This application is currently being tested in an enterprise environment.

Currently, he is revitalizing an information security course with his colleague, Erle Pereira, originally developed by Carnegie Mellon and making it freely available on the Internet (http://www.learnsia.org). He is also working to develop advanced courses in information security. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Duane at dunston@champlain.edu.

Duane has spoken for the Western North Carolina and Burlington, Vermont Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions series as a Guest Lecturer on Cybersecurity. He also been featured on WCAX for topics related to cybersecurity. His information security experience is from the education and government sector where he worked as an information systems security officer and computer forensics analyst.

He's written two novels about a computer hacker that helps law enforcement track down human traffickers, Twisted Greed and Point of Interception. Additionally, he donates 100% of the royalties from his novels to organization that support victims of human trafficking.

Duane is a volunteer security consultant with International Association of Human Traffickers and Investigators. He's working with a Champlain student to develop technologies to facilitate the identification of trafficked victims.

Duane's interest are in risk management, security education, and using technology to promote social change.

Outside of computers, he's practicing silversmithing, and just started learning about gardening.

Professional Certification and Associations, and Areas of Expertise


Global Incident Analysis Center Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)


  • International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
    • Special Interest Group Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD)
    • Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE)

Areas of Expertise

  • Performing Risk Assessments
  • Security Control Auditing & Evaluation
  • Computer Incident Response
  • Secure coding
  • Intrusion Detection System monitoring and deployment
  • Designing secure computer systems and networks


  • 20th Century Lodge #682, Master Mason—Current
  • Library of Congress, Volunteer—5/2010 - 11/2010
  • Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Board/Treasurer—2006-2007

Pfeiffer University, Master of Organizational Management
Recent Projects & Publications