Cyber Security Center

Student in IT Class

The mission of the Green River Cyber Security Center is to advance knowledge of cyber defense and security practices through:

  • Education, training and awareness programs in IT security.
  • Outreach to other colleges and K-12 schools to work together to increase the number of trained professionals in the cyber defense industry.
  • Working with our industry partners to develop internship capabilities for our students.


Program Description

Earn a great living wage. Make a difference. Earn your Bachelor's in Network Administration & Security at Green River College. Reach your potential in high-demand careers such as network and systems administration, information security, and computer support.

  • Earn a degree designed around the skills and certifications employers want.
  • Hands on, applied learning with the latest technologies.
  • Small class sizes and dedicated faculty who care about your success.
  • Day and evening classes available with full- or part-time scheduling.
  • Our program includes wrap-around support services, including resume services, internship resources and scholarships.

Median pay for Computer Support SpecialistsNetwork and Computer System Administrators, and Information Security Analysts is $48,900, $72,560, and $86,170 per year.

Start your journey towards a new and exciting career by contacting an advisor today!

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Meet the Team

Alan Carter, Faculty, Program Director

Alan Carter

Alan taught Microsoft, Novell, and custom courseware throughout the United States for 15 years before joining the faculty at Green River College and teaching information technology courses for the past 10 years. He has also installed and supported complex networks while working as staff for regional and national value added resellers. In addition, Alan published several bestselling technical books, including Windows NT 4.0 MCSE Study Guide (IDG Books Worldwide, 1998) and Windows 2000 MCSE Study System (IDG Books Worldwide, 2000). Alan's certifications include Cisco CCNA, CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.

Tim Mason, Faculty

Tim “Dr. T” Mason

Tim has taught Microsoft, Unix, Linux and programming courses for the past 15 years and now teaches full-time at Green River College. He has served as Founder and COO of, a predecessor to current cloud storage providers, as a Chief Information Security Officer for an international cryptographic provider, and as a Chief Cryptologist for the Department of Defense. Tim's certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), OSSTMM Professional Security Tester Accredited Certification (OPST), CompTIA Security+, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILv3).

Krish Mahadevan, Faculty

Krish Mahadevan

Krish currently teaches server and client technologies in Windows and Linux. He has an extensive background in electrical and automotive systems engineering, having worked at Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Mich igan, and at Cummins Incorporated in Charleston, South Carolina , specializing in real-time embedded systems programming. Krish's certifications include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE).

Tina Ostrander, Faculty

Tina OstranderTina Ostrander has taught as a Computer Science and CIS instructor for 18 years. Having developed websites for colleges, including an instructor evaluation site, a tool for managing course schedules, and an application for tracking student alumni she brings a wealth of experience to our Green River team. Tina earned her B.A. from the University of Washington in Cognitive Science, her M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an M.S. in Computer Information Technology from Regis University. Tina's certifications include Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

In her free time, Tina likes to hike and garden and hang out with her chickens and alpacas. She is very excited to join the IT team at Green River!

Primary professional interests:

  • Women in STEM
  • Recruitment and outreach
  • Web development
  • Agile/Scrum
  • Database technologies
  • Secure programming

Ken Hang, Faculty

Ken HangKen Hang teaches programming, scripting, mobile app development, database design, and Linux classes. Prior to joining Green River in 2012, Ken worked as a software engineer for more than a decade, developing aircrew training systems for the U.S. Navy and e-learning for the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State. His latest work involved working with aviators and research psychologists to design and develop next-generation instructional systems. Ken's certifications include Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Ken's primary areas of interest are:

  • Agile methods of software development
  • Software craftsmanship
  • Information architecture
  • Interaction design/human-computer interaction
  • Cognitive systems engineering
  • Computer science education/software engineering education
  • Diversity in the technology industry/women in computing

When Ken is unplugged from his dual monitor setup and his laptop, he's out with his tripod and dog, hiking a trail, combing a beach, or paddling some whitewater. Ken is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, and the ASPCA.

Edrick Goad, Faculty

Edrick GoadEd Goad teaches in both the AA and BAS programs at Green River. He was worked in the IT industry for 20 years at a variety of organizations supporting large enterprise environments.
Ed's certifications include several from Microsoft, VMware, RedHat, Cisco and Brocade. Ed is a published author of Windows Server 2012 Automation With PowerShell Cookbook.

Edrick's primary professional areas of interest are:

  • Security
  • Linux / 
  • Windows Server
  • Automation
  • Services

When Ed finally unplugs from the computer, he enjoys exploring the amazing Pacific Northwest - the many small towns and hiking through the mountains. 

Peter Turylo, Faculty

Peter TuryloPeter Turylo holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Engineering), and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree all earned from the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). For the last year Peter has been an Instructor at Green River College teaching for the Information Technology department. Prior to teaching at Green River Peter taught at ITT Technical Institute in Seattle for 11 years and was their School Chair for Information Technology for 9 years. While at ITT Peter was also a member of ITT’s national curriculum committee for Information Technology acting as both a course writer and subject matter expert for over 3 years. Prior to teaching at ITT Peter spent roughly 16 years in the fields of engineering and information technology for the telecommunications, banking, and finance sectors –the last 10 at a senior level. Peter is currently a member of the Executive Board of the IT Summit conference in Seattle and is the Executive President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of IT Professionals (AITP). Peter has also been the recipient of the AITP’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold Individual Performance Awards for his efforts in encouraging and engaging students in the field of Information Technology.

Josh Archer, Faculty

Josh ArcherJosh has taught computer science and web development since 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Systems from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Computer Science, also from the University of Washington. His primary interests include web development, data analysis, and algorithms.