About Ted

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image Ted A. Leath MSc CITP MBCS CISSP

 

 

Educational Qualifications and Professional Associations

MSc Computing and Design (2000)
Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Certificate in Business Information Systems (1983)
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), British Computer Society

Professional Member (MBCS), British Computer Society

CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional, (ISC)²

Member, Cyber Crime Subgroup, Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force

Member, Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Advisory Board Member, ICDERA
(Irish Centre for Distance Education Research and Applications)

Selected Talks, Publications and Conference Papers

UCISA IG Cyber Security Survival Guide - Austin Court, Birmingham, England, 5th May, 2017, "Bootstarpping Information Security on a Shoestring".

Asker M., Bridges B., Campo G., Cheddad A., Curran K., Fitzpatrick L., Hamilton L., Harding J., Leath T., Lunney T., Lyons F., Ma M., Macrae J., Maguire T., McClory E., McCollum V., Mc Kevitt P., Melvin A., Moore P., Mulholland P., Mu˜noz K., O’Hanlon G., and Roman L.(2016) SceneMaker: Creative Technology for Digital StoryTelling. 5th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, Aalborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark, May 2 - 3rd, 2016.

BarCamp Derry - Ulster University, Magee Campus, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 10th October, 2009 ,'Time Travel'.

Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages - Digital Heritage, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 2nd December, 2008, 'Building Community Memory through On-line Technology'.

"Audient: An Acoustic Search Engine", PhD interim report, 2005.

Leath T. (2005). Capturing community memory with images: an Irish case study. In S. Marshall, W. Taylor and X. Yu (eds) The Encyclopedia of Developing Regional Communities with ICT. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Keegan D, Leath T and Harrison R (2001) Developing information and communications technology expertise for micro SMEs. Dublin: Distance Education International Ltd., pp 90 plus on-line learning modules.

'Building Community Memory through On-line Technology', MSc thesis, 2000.

Keegan D, Leath T, Jones S and Harrison R (2000) Business development through the internet and information technologies Dublin: Distance Education International Ltd.. 2 Vols 80 pp and 102 pp. plus on-line learning modules.

Technology and Story Telling: Community Memory, Bunbeg, Ireland, 21-23 September 1999, 'Enabling Community Archives through Technology'.

FAS (Irish government training and education agency) - Using the Internet in Training and Education, Dublin, Ireland, 19th October, 1998, 'Learning on the Web - Practical Experiences'.

Keegan D, O'Neill H and Leath T (1998) Communication for the New Millennium, Dublin: Distance Education International Ltd. plus on-line learning modules.

European Lifelong Learning and the Information Society, Dublin, Ireland, 9th - 11th September, 1996, 'Big Ideas (in a shrinking world).'

EMAI Colloquy Report - Education and the Information Highway, Londonderry, N. Ireland, 29th and 30th of June, 1995, 'Interactive Use of the WWW in Face-to-Face Teaching'.

EMAI - The Uses of New Technologies in Education and Training, Dublin, Ireland, 19th December, 1995, 'The Uses of ISDN Videoconferencing' and 'Distributed Multimedia: Building Materials from Remote Sites'.

EMAI Newsletter, Volume 2, Number 2, 1994, 'Distance Learning and Videoconferencing at the Ulster University'.

DECUS Europe Symposium, The Hague, Holland, 9th - 13th September, 1991, 'A Client/Server Database System.'

Hospital Physicists' Association - Developments in Medical Databases, Hull, England, 11th December, 1990 , 'The Belfast Orthopaedic Information System'.

Projects

Consultant, presenter and curriculum developer,, Wales-Ireland Regional E-business Development Programme (WIRED)
INTERREG IIIA

Consultant, presenter and curriculum developer, Developing Information and Communications Technology Expertise for Micro SMEs (DICE)
International Fund for Ireland (IFI)

Technical advisor and project committee member, NIVT Project
European Social Fund (ESF) - Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation

Consultant, presenter and curriculum developer,, Business Development throught the Internet and Information Technologies (BITE)
INTERREG Maritime

Partner, Communication for the New Millennium
INTERREG II Human Resources Development Programme

Partner, JISC Image Digitisation Initiative (JIDI)
Special project for the Joint Information Systems Council (JISC)

Curriculum developer and satellite broadcast presenter, Changing the Culture
ESF, Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Systems Analyst, The Belfast Orthopaedic Information System
Eastern Health and Social Services Board (EHSSB)

Career Path

March, 1985 to Present
Information Assurance Manager

Technical Planning and Development Manager
Senior Computing Officer
Media Services Co-ordinator
Programmer
Member of Senate
Member of Council

Ulster University, Coleraine Campus, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Information Assurance Manager, Information Services Directorate

A BCS SFIA independent role profile of this post is on-line.

The Ulster University is the largest unitary university on the island of Ireland, with 28,000 students and 4 campuses.

In April 2010 I transferred to the university's central Information Services Directorate. Information Services is a major university administrative department with responsibilities covering library, academic and administrative computing, digital communications, media-technology services and reprographic services.

The Information Assurance Manager establishs, implements and oversees the University’s Information Assurance (IA) programme for safeguarding the security of the University’s information assets with regard to confidentiality, integrity and availability. This includes:

  • Planning, organising, integrating and co-ordinating the development of IA strategies in cooperation with other university departments.
  • Collaborating on the development of policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure that effective IA principles are embedded throughout the University..
  • Systematically assessing the University's IA risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts.
  • Designing and implementing on an iterative basis coherent and comprehensive IA controls and/or other forms of risk treatment (such as risk avoidance or risk transfer) to address risks that are deemed unacceptable.
  • Advocating and adopting overarching management processes to ensure that information security controls continue to meet the University's IA needs on an iterative basis.
  • Providing research, analysis and interpretation of information and data for reporting progress to senior management, (e.g. Directors, Deans, University policy committees etc.) with regard to IA.
  • Sourcing, authoring and disseminating training materials and appropriate documentation (including technical authoring) for staff to assist in IA.

Some of my public facing work may be viewed on-line.

Teaching, presentations and curricullum development for staff, students and professional accreditation is also required in print, electronic and VLE (Blackboard Learn 9.1) formats.

Member of Council

I served for over 2 years (July, 2014 - August, 2016), as a member of the Council of the Ulster University. The Council is the governing body of the University. It has general control over the conduct of the University's affairs and is responsible for the management of its revenue, staff, property and health and safety. The Council also ensures that the University's Charter and Statutes are followed at all times and that appropriate advice is available to enable this to happen.

Member of Senate

I served for nearly 10 years (October 2003 - September 2013) as a member of the Senate of the Ulster University , which has responsibility, under the Charter and Statutes, for the ordering of the University's academic affairs in teaching and research and for the regulation and superintendence of the education for the students. There are approximately 49 members of Senate, including the senior officers of the university.

Technical Planning and Development Manager, School of Computing and Intelligent Systems

The post of Technical Planning and Development Manager included responsibility for the development and management of systems and technical services in support of teaching, research and other activities within the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems based on the Magee campus. The Technical Planning and Development Manager is also responsible for the management of all technical services staff within the school.

Lectures, tutorials, lab practical sessions and curriculum development were also required at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels

Senior Computing Officer, Faculty of Computing and Engineering

From 1991 to 2009 I acted as Senior Computing Officer, Faculty of Computing and Engineering (before that I held the title of Programmer). The Senior Computing Officer had the responsibility on the Magee Campus for:

  • Management of support staff
  • Networks of lab and staff workstations
  • Servers
  • Hardware and software purchases
  • Hardware and software configuration
  • Hardware and software maintenance
  • Staff and student advisory services

Over the years, under the direction of the Senior Computing Officer, Computing and Engineering support staff on the Magee College campus introduced numerous lasting innovations to the University including:

  • The Internet
    Computing and Engineering at Magee were the first to use the TCP/IP protocol over their network, the first to apply for and receive an IP address range (in advance of the central service) and the first within the university to install browsers on lab workstations.
  • Multiple Operating Systems
    Computing and Engineering at Magee were the first to offer multiple operating systems within University labs (ie. Novell/DOS/Windows with OS/2, Minix and later Linux).
  • Virtual Learning Environment
    The first e-learning environment within the university was developed within Computing and Engineering at Magee.
  • Integrated 802.1X Authentication for Campus Wireless Network
    Computing and Engineering at Magee were the first to offer campus-wide wireless authentication integrated with existing directory services - allowing users to use existing account names and passwords, and access existing network storage.
  • World Wide Web
    According to the W3C, Computing and Engineering at Magee initiated one the first 50 web servers worldwide. Computing and Engineering at Magee first suggested and then and supplied the software for the University's first HTTP server and has continued to promote a broad range of technologies for the development of on-line documents including forms with CGI, image maps, animated images, VRML worlds, Java applets and servlets, Javascript, PHP and ASP.
  • Multimedia Servers
    Computing and Engineering at Magee has implemented MBONE multicast routers and streaming audio/video servers supporting multiple formats, including the first live streaming video event in 1997.
  • Virtualisation for Custom Education Delivery
    Computing and Engineering at Magee allowed academic staff to create and use virtual machines in labs for module delivery with customised environments.

Periodic on-line lab and network news bulletins covering developments may still be viewed on-line as a matter of historical interest.

Lectures, tutorials, lab practical sessions and curriculum development were also required at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.

 Coordinator, Media Services

For 5 years from 1991 to 1996 I acted as Coordinator, Media Services, Educational Services (now Information Services). This accounted for 40% of my time from 1991 to 1995. Following the retirement of the departmental head of Media Services in 1996, I was seconded full-time for a year to assist with the administration of Media Services and was the sole Media Services representative on the Information Services management team. Information Services is the University's central unit for the provision of Library, Computing, Media and Management. Information Services is the largest single unit within the University in terms of both staffing and recurrent budget. During this period, I was invited to participate as a member of the University's Millennium Group whose task was the production of a report on how the University might best position itself in the light of educational needs and opportunities over the next decade. Also during this period, the University took the unusual step of awarding a cash bonus in recognition of exceptional contribution.

February, 2007 to June, 2008 (career break)
Applications Specialist III
South Orange County Community College District, Mission Viejo - California

The South Orange County Community College District is a very progressive and successful district serving over 42,000 students through it's 3 colleges. The Applications Specialist III post was established to assist with a multi-million dollar programme of software development, and was the only such post at it's grade throughout the district. The post is primarily concerned with software project management and implementation.

The Applications Specialist III:

  • Manages, provides and coordinates the implementation of complex medium to large-scale software applications systems in support of institutional functions.
  • Develops and implements training programmes and long-term technology support for higher education functions.
  • Coordinates implementation with internal and contract software developers.
  • Provides advocacy for end users within the Information Technology Department.
  • Facilitates end user involvment in software development, design and testing.
  • Must have a strong understanding of higher education software, principles and practices used in troubleshooting complex software problems, software, database and data structure concepts, design of training materials and programs, web site design and development.

While at SOCCCD, I was a member of the design team for My Academic Plan (MAP), which was awarded a California state-wide technology focus award in 2007, and a team member for the large student information system project which was awarded a nationwide Campus Technology Innovators Award in 2010 when completed.

September, 1983 to March, 1985
Programmer/Analyst
Computing Lecturer (Part-Time)
North West Institute for Further and Higher Education, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

During this time I was responsible for introducing users to system facilities, systems analysis and applications programming. Familiarity with several high-level computer programming languages was required. Familiarity with several operating systems was also requisite.

During this time I also lectured on ICT in the evenings. Many of my evening students went on to enroll in other courses. At one point, 20% of NWIFHE Higher National Certificate students were previous students of my 10 week course.

During this period I was also involved in providing management training for various groups including one of Northern  Ireland's largest companies.

September, 1982 to June, 1983
Programmer/Analyst
Zantos Control Systems - Huntington Beach, California

Zantos Control Systems is a small but dynamic system design and consultancy firm. During my employment we developed the first commercially available control system  for custom homes - employing voice recognition and speech synthesis.

I was personally responsible for the systems analysis, design and development of a tool inventory program for one of the largest electrical contractors in California. The system utilized U.P.C. barcodes and was entirely paperless.

The last project I was involved in at Z.C.S. was the development of a prototype for voice  recognition for future General Motors cars.

January, 1977 to June, 1982
Executive Producer - Educational Products
Vision House Publishers - Santa Ana, California

The last position I held at Vision House  Publishers was that of  Executive Producer, Educational Products Division. Vision House  Publishers  was a  multimedia publishing concern co-founded by Hal Lindsay, one of America's top 5 best-selling authors of the 1970s. Vision House represented several other best-selling authors in the production of educational products - books, cassette tapes and video. The Executive Producer was responsible for all aspects of cassette tape production   including:  onsite  recording,  editing,  in-house duplication (approximately 250,000 cassettes per year), art conceptualisation and design, packaging, warehousing and stock control.

 I was also responsible for all aspects of book production from edited manuscripts including: layout, art conceptualisation and design, typesetting, proofing, contracted printing, warehousing and stock control.

Additionally,  there were personnel management responsibilities for audio technicians, production workers and warehouse personnel (approximately 20+ staff).

Professional Development, Training and Awards

Certificate of Attendance - BCS Belfast Branch - Hands on vulnerable web application workshop, 2012

Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Provisional Auditor - Professional Evaluation and Certification Board, 2012

Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (with Distinction) - British Computer Society, Information Systems Examination Board, 2010

V3 Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (ITIL) - British Computer Society, Information Systems Examination Board, 2010

Certificate of Completion, Microsoft Project 2007 - Systemation, 2008

Certificate of Completion, Fast Start in Project Management - Systemation, 2007

Campus Technology Innovator Award - Campus Technology 2010 Conference, Boston, MA, USA

Technology Focus Award - California Community Colleges, 2007