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Company History
John D. Cosgrove is President of Cosgrove Consulting Group, a division of Cosgrove Computer Systems, Inc., which has been in operation since 1970, first as a sole proprietor then incorporated in 1981. Originally, the company provided software engineering services primarily to large aerospace and defense clients in the Los Angeles area. Several long term contracts in the utility industry were included and later forensic engineering became a major focus of the company.

In 1996, his daughter Denise Cosgrove Bassett joined the company as Executive Vice President. Denise brought additional consulting methodologies and technical expertise in telecommunications and disaster recovery planning, gained from her years of consulting with the Big 5 and other large, traditional consulting firms.

Cosgrove Consulting Group includes consultants who are drawn to significant projects that require their unique combination of skills and time-tested experience. They are experienced professionals who take a stake in the success of each client project. We are able to put together teams of highly experienced senior professionals who are still active in their fields, with access to both well-established engineering practice and to the latest technologies, to  provide cost-effective consulting services with access to a broad range of skills.


      About Us
Cosgrove Consulting Group prefers the "virtual consultant" approach to consulting. Its consultants are dispersed throughout the United States with most in the Western Region. All project consultants are available to travel in order to provide flexibility to our clients.


John D. Cosgrove, President
John Cosgrove, PE, CDP, has been a software engineer for over forty years and a self-employed consultant since 1970. His specialties include forensic engineering, project management, software architecture; real-time/critical systems; and hardware/software interfaces. He has extensive experience with aviation computer systems, including development of aircraft navigation systems and communication devices. Recent projects have also involved business continuity and disaster recovery planning for distributed enterprises.

Mr. Cosgrove has taught a graduate-level engineering course, "Engineering the Software Product," for UCLA and Loyola Marymount in addition to numerous short courses nationwide, offered by major educational institutions. For several years, he presented the software engineering portion of the undergraduate Engineering Ethics course each quarter at UCLA. He has authored and delivered many papers, articles, and lectures on software litigation, project management, software business issues, and computer safety. "Software Engineering and the Law" was published in the IEEE Computer Society "Software" magazine May/June 2001. He authored the chapter on "Software Engineering & Litigation" in the current edition of "Encyclopedia of Software Engineering" published by John Wiley & Sons.

As a forensic expert, Mr. Cosgrove has worked on numerous cases involving recovered computer data, computer system failure, contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes, and other matters involving computer systems and software.

Mr. Cosgrove received a Master of Engineering degree from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University at Los Angeles (now LMU). He is a California-registered Professional Electrical Engineer, a Life Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, member of ACM, American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  In 2006 he was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (affiliate of NSPE). 

Mr. Cosgrove's Forensic CV - (PDF, 52KB)
Mr. Cosgrove's CV - (PDF, 19KB)
  Denise Cosgrove Bassett, Executive Vice President
Ms. Bassett has twenty five years experience as a Telecommunications and IT consultant to major corporations, including several FORTUNE 500 and 1000 companies, and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. She defines business and technological requirements and designs solutions, provides business recovery planning and risk management, and creates IT outsourcing solutions comprised of voice, data and desktop technologies.

As a consultant to American Express, Ms. Bassett has managed projects in several organizations, including CISO, Data Network Infrastructure and Infrastructure Security Engineering. For CISO, Ms. Bassett managed the Security Awareness Training Program delivered to 90,000 employees and vendors in 9 languages, assisted in several US Federal regulatory and international audits and managed the Business Impact Analysis for the Business Continuity Planning governance team. While in Network Infrastructure, Ms. Bassett managed site migrations to a new Global Wide Area data network with a scope of 1,700 sites. For the Network Infrastructure Engineering organization, she managed global implementations for McAfee's ePolicy Orchestrator and Policy Auditor solutions and Cisco's host-based intrusion prevention security solution to midrange and end-user computing systems.

Ms. Bassett participated in a sales effort that resulted in a 5-year outsourcing contract between Qwest and Wells Fargo Bank. As a result of a merger between Wells Fargo and Norwest Bank, Ms. Bassett subsequently became the project manager responsible for converting 1,000 Norwest bank locations to the Wells Fargo voice outsource model. She also designed and implemented the Program Management Office (PMO) for the Wells Fargo Bank outsource engagement.

As a consultant to Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., Ms. Bassett coordinated the documentation of technical procedures for Schwab's IT Storage Management initiatives, which involved HSM, SMS and Catalog systems. In another project, Ms. Bassett assisted the Business Continuity planning team in developing a cold site strategy to back up Schwab's two large computer centers.

While consulting to USAA, Ms. Bassett participated in several business continuity planning projects as part of a $121.3M IT Business Continuity Program. The project scope included the recovery of the company's entire network capability, supporting the Home Office Campus's 11,000 employees and all remote U.S. and European locations, and all communications and desktop technology required for recovering 2,000 remote USAA users.

As a consultant to Amkor Electronics, a $2 billion semi-conductor company, Ms. Bassett created the PMO and provided technical expertise for a multi-million dollar strategic project to select and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. SAP R/3, Oracle Applications and Baan Triton IV ERP software systems were evaluated.

As the Manager of Telecommunications Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ms. Bassett managed the hospital's outsourced telecommunications environment.

She also managed the planning project to define the telecommunications technology and infrastructure requirements for Northwestern's new 2,000,000 square foot hospital.

As a Senior Network Consultant for Comdisco Professional Services, Ms. Bassett managed disaster recovery planning projects, specifically for voice and data networks of U.S. and Canadian clients. Typical engagements included: risk/business impact analysis, network recovery strategy and recovery plan development, and recovery plan maintenance program development.

As a Manager in Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture) Network Solutions practice, Ms. Bassett managed engagements in the areas of voice processing systems design and implementation, voice and data systems integration, voice and data - wide area network analysis, strategic reviews, and network organizational studies. She also developed new client relationships and internal training programs on enhanced voice processing technologies.

As a Project Manager at EDS Corporation, Ms. Bassett conducted consulting projects for FORTUNE 1000 clients that included strategic technology reviews, voice processing systems design and implementation, and network analysis, design and implementation. She also promoted professional and leasing services to Western Region-based accounts.

Ms. Bassett has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.
Ms. Bassett's CV - (PDF, 91KB)
Ms. Bassett's Consulting CV - (PDF, 148KB)

Peter Alexander Ph.D., Associate
Dr. Alexander has 28 years of development and operations experience in high technology companies. He has made hands-on technical contributions to numerous business software application development efforts. His knowledge and experience extends over three principal areas: Architecture and design of complex web-server and client-server business software systems, detailed design and coding techniques for business software applications, software project management and development contracts.

Dr. Alexander's detailed programming knowledge encompasses Java, C, C++, ASP, Python and Visual Basic languages, as well as assembly language for Intel and 68K microprocessors and real-time DSP applications. He has also managed programming teams that created applications for Fujitsu, Hitachi and IBM mainframes. His networking experience includes TCP/IP router development for Ethernet LAN's, fiber optic links, and wide area networks.

Dr. Alexander has managed many client-server and web-based ERP business solutions projects for Financial, Inventory, Order Entry, Shipping, Supply Chain and Manufacturing core modules. He has worked on semiconductor manufacturing systems involving yield prediction and supply chain management using statistical forecasting. He has direct experience with Oracle 8.05, 8i and 9i as well as SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 2000 for both transactional and data warehouse systems.

He has also held responsibilities for internal network operation, intranet, and public access web server IT functions in several corporations. In this role he gained a detailed understanding of security issues such as SSL, user authentication, network security, firewalls, hacking countermeasures. He is also knowledgeable about email servers, backup and restore procedures, and service level agreements for customer-outsourced data in ASP systems.

Dr. Alexander holds a B.S. degree with 1st Class Honors from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, M.S. degree in E. E. from the University of Illinois (Urbana), and a Ph.D. from MIT, also in Electrical Engineering. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study in the United States in 1965.

Dr. Alexander's CV - (PDF, 19KB)>
  Azita Amini
With over 17 years of technical experience in design and evaluation of secure applications, devices and services in the financial industry and ecommerce world.  Highlights of her background follow.
  • With KPMG LLP for over 5 years in the Information Risk Advisory division, focusing on security of Financial Services operations and eCommerce applications.  Performed many SOX 404 audits, Sas 70s, WebTrusts, SysTrusts, ISO 27001 (formerly known as BS 7799) and TG-3 Audits. 
  • At Wells Fargo Bank in their retail banking cryptographic support and services, for over 5 years. Responsible for secure management of the ban's ATM, POS and Credit Card operations with regards to the cryptographic data elements used to protect card holders transaction data. 
  • At MagTek Inc. for over 7 years, as a Product Manager and Engineer, in charge of design and development of a variety of "secure" retail banking products such as Pin entry devices (PEDs), Teller terminals used to issue ATM cards, Credit Card/Bank Card readers and encoders, Check Readers, etc. 
  • Member of American National Standards (ANSI) X9F division since 1990 and actively involved in the development of a number of standards on data security in Retail Banking such as X9.24, X9.8, X9.49, X9.57, and the TG-3 Audit Guideline. 
      Ms. Amini's CV - (PDF, 96KB)  

Benjamin A. Aminnia, MS, MBA, Associate
Ben Aminnia started his computer career with IBM as a systems engineer and has held various consulting and managerial positions in the IT industry. His roles included management of the SQL Server database department at one of the largest U.S. companies, overseeing a staff of 12 DBAs and database professionals. He has also been President and Database Architect of Pointer Corporation ( since 1986.

In 1990, long before it was acknowledged as a worldwide phenomenon toward the end of the 20th century, Mr. Aminnia was among the first computer science visionaries to publish an in-depth article about the upcoming Y2K crisis and various methodologies to address its consequences. Shortly afterwards, he wrote a book called Diary of a Successful Computer Consultant. 
Ben is currently the president of the Los Angeles SQL Server Professionals Group ( and a board member of the Los Angeles.Net Developers Group ( He has also been a frequent speaker at various computer user groups and database and technology events.
Additionally, he is the architect and co-developer of the Virtual Information Portal (VIP) System, which is a web-based platform for secure generation, archival, and retrieval of corporate correspondence and letters (
Mr. Aminnia holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MS degree in Computer science (from Arya Mehr University of Technology in Tehran) and also an MBA (from Cal State University Northridge).
      Mr. Aminnia's CV - (PDF, 57.3KB)  
  Emanuel R. Baker, Ph.D. 
Emanuel R. Baker, Ph.D., a Principal and co-founder of Process Strategies, Inc., specializes in software and system process management consulting. He has over thirty years of software development, management, and consulting experience. His areas of expertise include software and system development process appraisals, systems engineering, software configuration management, software quality assurance, software test, software standards development, requirements management, as well as training in these disciplines. 

Dr. Baker has worked with leading companies and government organizations in the United States and overseas in a diverse number of industries such as pharmaceuticals, aerospace, technology, telecommunications, software development, research, and retailing. He has been a consultant in software engineering since 1984. Prior to that, he was Manager of the Product Assurance Department of the Strategic and Information Systems Division of Logicon (now a part of Northrop-Grumman). In that capacity, along with other duties, he was responsible for the contract to develop the former DoD software quality standard, DoD-STD-2168.

Prior to that, he was employed at TRW (now also a part of Northrop-Grumman). Dr. Baker played an important role in the development of the standards and procedures on the Site Defense Program, a landmark program for TRW. He was also an Assistant Project Manager for Product Assurance on the BETA Project, an early tactical data fusion project, utilizing extensive amounts of sensors, software, and displays to remotely depict battlefield conditions.

Prior to joining TRW, Dr. Baker was employed at Aeronutronic (now Loral) as head of the Data Reduction Unit. Prior to that, he was an aerodynamics flight test project engineer at Hughes Aircraft.

Dr. Baker has authored and co-authored a number of papers and articles on software quality, configuration management, and software process assessments, and is the co-author of two books on process management. Dr. Baker has presented seminars and courses in the US and 10 countries overseas in software engineering, software quality assurance, and the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) 

Dr. Baker is certified by the SEI as a Lead Appraiser for the Standard CMM Integration (CMMI) Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for the CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV), CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ), and the CMMI for Services (SVC) models and as an instructor for the Introduction to the CMMI course for these models. He is certified by the SEI as a high maturity lead appraiser, permitting him to lead SCAMPI Class A appraisals for organizations seeking a rating at Maturity Level 4 or 5.  He has performed many SCAMPI assessments for a variety of clients, for example, the automotive industry, several large overseas-based multi-national corporations that provide systems and services over a large number of market sectors, and a major U.S. corporation providing systems and services for the federal and private sectors.

Dr. Baker has a B.S.M.E. from New York University and the M.S.M.E. from the University of Southern California. In addition, he holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Baker's CV - (PDF, 52KB)

  Margaret Chock Ph.D., Associate
Margaret Chock, PhD, CMC (Certified Management Consultant), has been Principal of M. I. B. Chock, LLC (formerly M.I.B. Chock) since 1982, except for a 6-year span spent gaining experience in the Information Technology departments of a fast-growing aerospace company, a Fortune 500 consulting company, and a small research laboratory. 

As part of an expert witness team for three dozen computer systems and information technology related cases, she has developed tools for fast analysis of large quantities of data without access to the normal support systems for that data, and frequently with the wrong data to start with. 

She invented a novel approach to data base management and data manipulation for multi-modal images and other types of two- and three-dimensional data. It provides a very flexible platform for modeling biomedical, geographic, or other applications where different types of data interact in complicated ways over a region of interest.

She has conducted research and/or developed systems or software for applications in biomedicine, spatial data, pattern recognition, image processing, simulation and modeling, database management, geographic information management, facilities management, transportation, utilities, surveying, mapping, and data warehousing.

She has helped clients through the full life cycle of developing new computer systems and procedures to use them: implementation planning, requirements analysis, technology evaluation, enterprise architecture analysis, trade-off studies, process analysis, design, and implementation, systems analysis, design, implementation, test design, vendor management, project management, small to multi-enterprise, quality assurance, training, documentation, maintenance and update.

Dr. Chock has experience in managing both start-up Information Technology departments and functional departments in larger information technology organizations.

At BAE Systems, she managed projects and developed the IT project management methodology, and served as interim Department Manager. At Computer Sciences Corp., she helped integrate the project management methodologies and software portfolios of 11 client sites.  At PETNet Pharmaceuticals, she established the basic Information Technology capabilities and infrastructure for their research institute, while starting up their image processing research program.

Earlier consulting activities involved software development, project management, and the establishment of enterprise-level Information Technology capabilities.

She maintains active participant in a number of professional and technical organizations, in order to stay abreast of the latest business and technical issues and to find technical specialists and other resources that may be useful to her clients:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association Member, Public Relations Commitee
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
        - Computer Society
        - Consultants Network 
  • Institute of Management Consultants 
    President. Southern California Chapter
  • Los Angeles Venture Association
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern California Biomedical Council
  • Technology Council of Southern California

Dr. Chock holds BA degrees in Mathematics and Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MS and PhD. in Computer Science from UCLA. She is Certified as a Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants.

Dr. Chock's CV - (PDF, 72KB)

Jeff Drobman, Ph.D., Associate
Dr. Jeff Drobman has over 35 years of industry and academic experience covering a broad swath of hardware and software engineering -- having worked in the computer chip industry for 16 years (at AMD, Integrated Device Technology, ComCore/National Semi and Semtech), along with a 6 year stint in aerospace (Hughes Aircraft Doctoral Fellow). While providing technical support for all IC products for customers all across the western US, Dr. Drobman's chief focus was microprocessors (i8085/8048, Z80/Z8000, Am2900, MIPS R3000/4000) and their attendant software development systems and test/integration tools (ICE, logic analyzers).

Dr. Drobman has a unique perspective on the computer chip industry, having been involved since the early days of Fairchild Semi in the mid 1960s (while still in high school), then observing the founding of Advanced Micro Devices in May 1969, for whom he later was employed as a field applications engineer for software and systems. (Dr. Drobman has chronicled the "genesis" of Silicon Valley in an article plus org chart.)

As manager of applications engineering at IC startup ComCore Semi, Dr. Drobman developed datasheets, app notes and PowerPoint presentations for 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (10Base-T/100Base-TX) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T) ICs. While marketing manager at Semtech, Dr. Drobman was responsible for all aspects of a startup business unit developing a communications IC product line, including contributing to the business plan and product definition. The market focus was SONET/SDH low-level devices (PMDs and PLLs) for key customers of Nortel, Cisco, Lucent and Alcatel.

Dr. Drobman has started two businesses of his own: Micro ESP, Inc. (1982-1988) and his current Dr Jeff Software Company (founded in 2006). Both of his businesses have developed PC software products: "I/O Silver(tm)" and "Stock Market Modeler(tm)". Additionally, he ported a version of "The Home Accountant(tm)" for Continental Software.

Dr. Drobman has consulted for Cosgrove Consulting over the past several years, specializing in computer chip/IC product engineering/reverse engineering and related intellectual property issues.

Dr. Drobman has taught computer programming, architecture and logic design courses at UCLA -- most recently as a Lecturer in Computer Science in 2006. Dr. Drobman also instructed for UCLA Extension in the Microprocessor Hardware/Software Certificate program, designing the "Systems" course for that program.

Dr. Drobman has three degrees, all from UCLA:

BS (cum laude) in Engineering 1970
MS in Computer Science 1973
PhD in Computer Science 1980

Dr. Drobman's CV - (PDF, 208KB)

Michael R. Elliott, Associate
Michael R. Elliott assists attorneys with litigation involving complex technology issues. He provides Software Engineering expertise in the following areas:

* Computer Software
* Unix-based Computer Operating Systems
* Embedded and Real-time Computer Operating Systems
* Web Servers and Web Applications
* Computer Security
* Computer Networking
* Process Control (automation)
* Constrained Computer Systems
* Real-time Software Issues
* Safety Critical Software Systems
* Software Design and Development
* Avionics Software

Having published, presented and taught at the college level, he is able to break down high technology concepts into understandable basic language. This ability is particularly beneficial when serving as a computer forensics expert witness.

Mr. Elliott's CV - (PDF, 104KB)
    Lynn A. Fraher, CPA,  Associate
Ms. Fraher has twenty years experience in management consulting and public accounting serving primarily the financial services and technology industries. She has spent most of her career as a professional services consultant with Big 5 firms. Currently she consults with a number of clients on financial, marketing and business development matters.

As the Director of Marketing at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ms. Fraher directed all marketing services for approximately 2000 consultants in the West Region Consulting Practice. She was responsible for events, public relations, collateral, internal communications and knowledge management. She defined and implemented the marketing strategy including the recruitment and professional development of more than 20 professionals.

As a Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Ms. Fraher managed the financial functions, administrative operations and marketing services for various components of this multi-billion dollar global management and technology consulting firm. She managed multi-million dollar budgets, project and program planning, and executive level reporting.

At JMB Institutional Realty Corporation, a multi-billion dollar real estate investment and development corporation, Ms. Fraher was the Assistant Director of Institutional Financial Reporting. In this role she managed the accounting, administrative operations, and financial reporting for six real estate portfolios with over $500 million in assets.

Ms. Fraher served as the Director of Corporate Accounting for Equity Group Investments, Inc. She directed the accounting and administrative operations for a holding company with 50 subsidiaries and over $7 billion in real estate assets.

At Arthur Andersen, Ms. Fraher was a Senior Manager managing all phases of audit engagements for both public and private companies. Her clients and experience included the venture capital, real estate, capital markets, and commercial finance industries. She consulted on accounting and business issues, SEC and other regulatory requirements, income tax matters, and internal controls.

Ms. Fraher has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

Ms. Fraher's CV - (PDF, 17KB)
    Michael M. Krieger, J.D, Ph.D.,  Associate
Michael Krieger has practiced high technology business and intellectual property law for more than 20 years, focusing on both securing and exploiting clients key IP assets. His practice includes litigation, but encourages clients to take preventive steps including patents, trademarks, well-crafted contracts, and due diligence on their partners. His clients have ranged from start- ups and non-profit organizations to industry leaders, as well as the United Nations and international initiatives. He also serves as an expert in technology litigation, particularly at the interface of IP and technology.

With degrees in mathematics (B.S., Caltech; Ph.D., UCLA) and law (UCLA), he spent 15 years on the MIT Mathematics and UCLA Computer Science faculties and as a Fulbright Scholar (Brazil) prior to practicing law. This background catalyzed his involvement in key areas as they emerged, from the Internet itself, born Arpanet in the UCLA Computer Science Department (1969), public key encryption (1978), open source software (1999), and Internet governance (as personal advisor to Internet pioneer Jon Postel, 1998).

Mr. Krieger has served on the Executive Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar, was Chief Editor of its journal "New Matter," and chairs the Section's Computer Law Committee. He serves on several non-profit boards including the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum and the SoCal Conference on Undergraduate Research. His writings range from contract guides to reportage of Internet developments. In 1997 he returned to the UCLA faculty to teach a seminar in law and business issues for UCLA's Computer Science Department graduate program. He is Of Counsel to the trial/litigation boutique Willenken Wilson Loh & Lieb llp.

Mr. Krieger's CV - (PDF, 128KB)
  Raymond Madachy, Ph.D., Associate
Dr. Raymond Madachy has over 25 years of management and technical experience in software and systems engineering, and is a recognized expert in software cost estimation and metrics. He is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, and Principal of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering. Previously he was Chief Science Officer at the Cost Xpert Group responsible for the research and development of software cost estimation and metrics tools, and was Chief Scientist at C-bridge Institute where he led consulting and training in software methodologies and economic analysis. Before that he was manager of the Software Engineering Process Group at at Litton Guidance and Control Systems achieving SEI CMM Level 4 after being the lead for software metrics, cost estimation and risk management at Litton Data Systems. He has also served as a Visiting Scientist with the Software Engineering Institute. His consulting clients have included Accenture, Blue Cross, Chevron, Cognizant Technologies, Lucent, Motorola, Northrop-Grumman, Seagate, Unisys, USAA, Wipro and other Fortune 500 firms.

Dr. Madachy specializes in litigation support and financial analysis for software systems. He has performed as an expert witness on software cost, quality and contractual disputes. He has also led the Cosgrove team on engagements to conduct business value analysis of software products. These engagements support mergers, acquisitions and investment analysis.

He has experience in investigating software design/code interllectual property theft, determining the market value of software intellectual property, software project contract performance, and determination of software development "should costs" in support of contract litigation. Methods include forensic software size and quality measurement, use of parametric cost models, productivity analysis, and industry benchmarking within the US ans International. He has testified in depositions.
In addition to his industrial experience he has over 75 publications in the areas of software cost/schedule estimation, software risk management, process modeling and improvement. He is a co-author of the book Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II and his book Software Process Dynamics be out in late 2007.

He has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC, an M.S. in Systems Science from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, INCOSE, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, serves on the program committees for the International Forum on COCOMO and Systems/Software Cost Modeling, the International Conference on Softwar Process. He has also served on program committees for several other conferences and and the LA Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) steering committee. He is also a reviewer for several referreed journals including IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Journal of Systems and Software, IEEE Software and IEEE Computer.
Dr. Madachy's CV - (PDF, 165KB)
  David Rismann, CFCE, CCFT, Associate
Mr. Rismann has more than eighteen years experience developing software systems and applications. He incorporates a thorough knowledge of information technology with a strong background in the financial and investment fields to provide successful and effective consulting solutions. Mr. Rismann is also a trained and certified computer forensic technician.

Mr. Rismann was the Director MIS for Wurts & Associates, a leading west coast investment consulting firm. While there he developed applications for tracking broker/dealer commissions, auditing the accuracy of custodial statements, producing portfolio performance measurement reports, and creating an online investment manager database/search system.

At the Plexus Group, a consulting firm specializing in transaction cost analysis, Mr. Rismann designed and developed a variety of software solutions including a system to convert and store ten-minute interval stock market snapshots, a series of programs designed to streamline the process for importing and analyzing data provided by investment managers, and a report production system for international portfolios.

Prior to working for the Plexus Group, Mr. Rismann was an analyst for Wilshire Associates, where he was responsible for maintaining portions of their Trust Online System (an interface to their TUCS product), and for developing a high-speed data transfer package for their PC-mainframe applications.

David Rismann Consultants Inc. was established in 1997 but has roots that stretch back more than a decade. What began as a thriving PC VAR/Integrator business eventually blossomed into an information systems consulting firm, catering to the small-to-medium sized businesses.

Mr. Rismann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, from where he graduated magna cum laude. After completion of forensic computer examiner training with Key Computer Services, Mr. Rismann was awarded the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner designation (CFCE) from IACIS, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists ( Mr. Rismann has also earned the Advanced Certified Computer Forensic Technician (CCFT) certification by the High Tech Crime Network (

Mr. Rismann's CV - (PDF, 164KB)
  Eric Robi, CCE, Associate
Mr. Robi has over 13 years of management experience in the computer industry.

Mr. Robi served as Senior Project Manager for ASK International, a leading computer-based-design development firm. While at ASK, Mr. Robi spearheaded several projects including the development of a three-CD training program for rental sales agents at Alamo Rent A Car. He also served as lead designer for computer-based training applications developed for Western Financial, XP Systems and HP.

Mr. Robi co-founded a high-tech specialized marketing agency, Lassoo Interactive, and managed the company for six years. While at Lassoo, he was responsible for marketing systems and client strategy. He developed lead generation programs for clients such as Microsoft Great Plains, IBM, UPS Capital, and Nortel. He designed some of the first online-based marketing techniques common today and helped clients implement technology-based marketing applications.

As President of Federal Forensics Group, a forensics and consulting practice, Mr. Robi provides computer forensics and investigative services to a wide variety of clients including law firms, corporations and individuals. He is one of the few certified computer examiners who conducts criminal defense work. He is trained in several forensic software applications including Encase.

He holds a Bachelors of Art Degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from California State University, Los Angeles, where he was awarded Special Recognition in Graduate Studies for Outstanding Academic Achievement twice in a row.

He is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) granted by the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners. He also is a board member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.
Federal Forensics Group Overview - (PDF, 51KB)
  Jerald M. Savin, CPA, FIMC, CMC
Jerald M. Savin is an IT management consultant with over 30 years of IT consulting experience specializing in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. He has been involved in the assessment, selection, implementation, troubleshooting and support of ERP systems including providing expert testimony regarding these systems. His expertise combines information system architecture, scientific training, public accounting and business operations.

He is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Technology Consulting Group, Inc., which focuses exclusively on IT Consulting. He began his professional career in the management consulting division of KPMG in 1979 specializing in accounting information systems. Prior to that, he was a Clinical Department Manager for the Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer for two medical groups. He grew up in the family food manufacturing business.

His consulting services include:

  • Assessment of IT Strategy, Systems and Resources
  • Selection, Implementation, Troubleshooting and Litigation Support for ERP Systems
  • Design and Development of Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics solutions
  • Development and Auditing of IT Internal Control Compliance (SOX/CobiT)

He is a specialist in the

  • Structure and Behavior of ERP systems
  • Selection of ERP systems
  • Implementation of ERP systems
  • Troubleshooting ERP systems
  • Business aspects of ERP Contracts
  • Forensic investigation of ERP failures
Jerald Savin's CV -nbsp;(PDF, 92KB)
Dr. stan stahl 
  Dr. Stan Stahl, Associate
Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.

Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals.

Dr. Stahl has been President of ISSA-LA——the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association——since 2008 (ISSA-LA) and is the creator of the Chapter's It Takes the Village to Secure the VillageSM program.

He originated the Chapter's Community Outreach Advisory Board to guide the Chapter's community activities. Among its more than 25 members are leading attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers and other business professionals in the Los Angeles community. Nearly 800 people—a mix of security and IT professionals, business leaders, law enforcement and educators—attended the Chapter's annual Information Security Summit last year.

Dr. Stahl's unusual leadership and management capabilities was developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. He has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences (i) as COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) as a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer and research scientist in early secure computing and (iv) as a mathematics professor.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Stahl was invited to serve on a White House Presidential Task Force to recommend government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems. During that same period he was invited to serve on a National Information Security Study Group, a joint program of the National Security Agency and the Department of Commerce designed to determine national information security needs.

Dr. Stahl speaks extensively about information security, both at conferences and at professional or civic associations. Together with David Lam, he co-authored the cyber security management section of the ASIS Protection of Assets Manual. He edits the firm's weekly newsletter ——the Cyber Security News of the Week and the Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report——which is is emailed to nearly 20,000 people every week.

Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics. He serves on the Industry Advisory Boardof the Information Technology Program at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering and the California Cybersecurity Task Force convened jointly by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology.
Dr. Stahl's CV - (PDF, 347KB)
  David Sweigert, Associate
Mr. Sweigert present holds the PMP, CISA and CISSP credentials as well as two Masters degrees; in computer security and project management. His military experiences in cryptology allowed him to successfully transistion into the role of a security architect for "open systems" (see UNIX, LINUX, etc.) for government and military systems. Between 1985 and 1995 Mr. Sweigert acquired a great deal of in-depth background and experience designing secure enterprise-wide query/response applications and supporting networks.

In 1998 Mr. Sweigert began blending the technical controls associated with design work with external audit frameworks (such as AICPA SAS-70, Level I and II) to support trusted third party (TTP) certification authorities employing public key infrastructure technology. In 2001 he became the Managing Director of a Luxembourg based validation authority that was actively harmonizing cross-border trust policy for the American Bankers Association and the Luxembourg Bankers Association. He supported the concept of TTP PKI validation authority frameworks (2004) while supporting on-going research at Merck, Inc. as part of the SAFE BioPharma initiative. Both of these validation frameworks relied upon the use of smart card technology.

Mr. Sweigert has designed secure cross-border authentication systems that rely on federated identity frameworks (see Security Assertion Markup Language) on behalf of the RouteOne credit portal sponsored by General Motors, Ford and Toyota. As security architect for the RouteOne portal (2002), Mr. Sweigert ensured compliance with the Graham-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

His knowledge of legislative, oversight, regulatory and compliance frameworks to foster increased information technology (IT) security also encompasses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (see HIPAA). Mr. Sweigert served on the work group to harmonize the HIPAA law with implementing agancy regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

A sought after speaker, Mr. Sweigert has served as a member of the American Bar Association's Information Security Committee (ISC) since 1999.

  Lina Termanini, Associate
Lina Termanini, brings more than 25 years of experience working with multinational institutions formulating Business & IT strategies and managing major initiatives to ensure alignment with corporate goals and objectives.

Ms. Termanini brings deep expertise in several industry sectors, including Financial Services, High Tech, Healthcare, Aerospace, Petrochemical and Government/Public Services. Ms Termanini has extensive experience in Program Management, Program Management Office (PMO), Change Management, IT Strategy and Roadmap Planning, Risk Management and Compliance Assessment.

Ms. Termanini worked as a Senior Program Director for Injazat (a joint venture between the government of Abu Dhabi and EDS), where she was responsible for planning and risk management of a number of IT programs (Systems Integration & Managed Operations) for the government of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to this engagement, Ms. Termanini worked as a VP of Operations and Practice Leader for Atos Origin Middle East managing key IT service lines including: Security, Infrastructure and Consultancy.

Previously, Ms. Termanini worked as a Senior Advisor at KPMG Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in New York where she lead a team of consultants on assignments aimed at substantially improving operational performance in a number of business environments. Ms. Termanini managed the external audits, and Sarbanes Oxley Design & Operational Reviews for large Financial Institutions including Goldman Sachs, Freddie Mac, Sallie Mae, Odysee RE. As part of the reviews, Clients’ IT environments were assessed using established governance framework (COSO, COBIT, ISO17799). Additionally, Ms. Termanini managed IT Security Risk Assessment Reviews for large financial institutions: Visa, NY Federal Home Loans Bank.

Ms. Termanini experience in the aerospace industry included managing the on-going operations of Rockwell International Enterprise Management System (ERP) for the B1-B aircraft. Post aircraft roll-out, Ms. Termanini managed key Air Force initiatives aimed at planning, capturing, and managing technical data throughout the life cycle of the aircraft systems.

Prior to Rockwell, Ms. Termanini worked at the headquarters of Chevron International where she managed their supply chain and logistics systems.

Languages:  English, French, Arabic
Ms. Termanini's CV - (PDF, 40KB)
  Rocky Termanini,PhD, Associate 
Dr. Termanini provides consulting services specializing in information technology (IT) for the needs of international businesses, particularly those involved in Middle Eastern countries. Recent and on-going projects include payment and security systems for banking and other financial services clients, which involve architecting upgrades for multi-national business models and incorporating emerging technologies.

With his recent project experience and lifetime language/cultural fluency in the Middle East, he provides unique support to the needs of global businesses involved in those countries. Services include the analysis/development of business/marketing plans, a company-wide contingency plan and also include direction of all aspects of international IT projects from architecture, application components, security layer, infrastructure and integration.

Languages: English, French, Arabic, Turkish
Dr. Termanini's CV - (PDF, 76KB)
  Jill Wilson, BS, QDE, Associate 
Jill Wilson, BS, QDE(Questioned Document Examiner), is a leading forensic document examiner and handwriting expert, specializing in the scientfic examination of questioned documents, forged signatures, handwriting analysis and identification, anonymous notes, disguised writing, altered documents, and document authentication.

Ms Wilson is also a computer engineer, knowledgeable in computers and software applications, including document creation and manipulation applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader, and Paint. She is a keenly observant individual with top-notch powers of reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Ms. Wilson was educated and trained at the International School of Forensic Document Examination, studying under the world-renowned forensic document examiner and handwriting expert, Bart Baggett.

Her earlier education and experience includes a B.S. in Computer Engineering from UCLA upon which she spent eight years supporting various large, multiuser computer systems. After that, she managed a technical support group of applications engineers at a privately-held EDA (electronic design automation) company for eight years. She remained in EDA for another 11 years working as a technical writer.
Jill Wilson's CV - (PDF, 73KB)

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