Randall K Nichols
Professor of Practice, Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Cybersecurity
Director - UAS Cybersecurity Certificate Graduate Program
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
Professor Emeritus – Cybersecurity
Utica College, Utica, New York
B.S.Ch.E 1967 Tulane University, Chemical Engineering
M.B.A. 1970 University of Houston, Operations Research
M.S.Ch.E 1991 Texas A & M, Chemical Engineering
Professor Nichols is internationally respected, with 50 years of experience in leadership roles in cryptography, counter-intelligence, INFOSEC, and sensitive computer applications. He is recognized by the USDOJ as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in both Cryptography and Computer Forensics. Professor Nichols research and textbooks on offensive / defensive cyber countermeasures applied to unmanned aircraft systems (especially SWARMS) has brought his work to international attention.
Areas of Expertise / Research Interests
Areas of Expertise
• Counter-Terrorism / Counter- Intelligence /Counter-Espionage / Computer Security Countermeasures
• Asymmetric Warfare and Attack / Defense Scenarios against National Critical Infrastructure
• Computer Forensics and Cryptography SME & Federal Expert Witness (Federal Criminal Cases: Treason / Espionage)
• Risk Assessment / Threat Analysis / Vulnerabilities Analysis / Countermeasures
• Cybersecurity / Surveillance Technologies: Aerial, Infrared, Visual, Ultraviolet, Radio, Radar & Sonar
• SCADA – Advanced Cyber-weapons Creation / Development / Deployment / Defense
• Designing IFF & advanced Acoustic Countermeasures v hostile-actor UAS SWARMs
Professor of Practice, Director - UAS Cybersecurity Certificate Graduate Program, Kansas State University Polytechnic, Salina, Kansas, August 13, 2017 - Present.
Professor Emeritus, Cybersecurity - Utica College, Utica, New York, Nominated October 17, 2014, Approved by President Todd Hutton and Board of Trustees on June 19, 2015.
Professor of Practice, Cybersecurity - Utica College, Utica, New York, March 2011 to June 2014.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice - Utica College, Utica, New York, August 2006 to March 2011
Chief Operating Officer - INFOSEC Technologies, LLC, Counter-Terrorism / Counter – Espionage, Information Assurance Firm, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, September 2001 to August 2006.
Vice President and Division Manager - TeleHublink Corporation, Advanced Embedded / Wireless Cryptographic Research, Andover, Massachusetts, March 2000 to September 2001
Chief Executive Officer - COMSEC Solutions, LLC, Cryptographic /Anti-Virus / Biometrics Countermeasures Firm, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, June 1998 to March 2000 [COMSEC Solutions, LLC was acquired by public firm in March 2000]
Technical Director for Cryptography and Biometrics - International Computer Security Association, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 1997 to June 1998
Alumina and Bauxite Raw Materials Division Superintendent - Reynolds Metals Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, September 1983 to October 1997
Senior Engineering Manager – Computer Applications and Information Security, United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, Boron, California, October 1977 to August 1983.
Books Authored / Published (9)
Nichols, R.K., Ryan, J.J.C.H, Mumm, H.C., Lonstein, W.D. & Carter, C., Hood, J.P. (2019) Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Cyber Domain: Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 2nd edition, Manhattan, KS: New Prairie Press (NPP) https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/27/
Nichols, R.K., Ryan, J.J.C.H, Mumm, H.C., Lonstein, W.D. & Carter, C. (2018) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Cyber Domain: Protecting USA’s Advanced Air Assets, Manhattan, KS: New Prairie Press (NPP) https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/21/
Nichols, R.K. & Lekkas, P. (2002) Wireless Security: Models, Threats, Solutions. New York: McGraw-Hill. https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Security-Solutions-McGraw-Hill-Professional/dp/B00E31JS46/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394488904&sr=8-2&keywords=wireless+security+nichols
Nichols, R.K., Ryan, D. & Ryan, J. (2000) Defending Your Digital Assets Against Hackers, Crackers, Spies and Thieves. New York: McGraw-Hill. https://www.amazon.com/Defending-Digital-Against-Hackers-Crackers-ebook/dp/B000QCS9IW/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394500364&sr=1-3&keywords=Randall+K.+Nichols
Nichols, R K. (1998) ICSA Guide to Cryptography. New York: McGraw-Hill. https://www.amazon.com/ICSA-Guide-Cryptography-Randall-Nichols/dp/0079137598/ref=sr_tc_2_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394499891&sr=1-2-ent
Nichols, R.K. (1996) Classical Cryptography Course Volume II. Laguna Hills, California: Aegean Park Press. https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Cryptography-Course-Randall-Nichols/dp/0894122649/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394500861&sr=1-8&keywords=Randall+K.+Nichols
Nichols, R.K. (1995) Classical Cryptography Course Volume I. Laguna Hills, California: Aegean Park Press. https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Cryptography-Course-Randall-Nichols/dp/0894122630/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394500664&sr=1-5&keywords=Randall+K.+Nichols
Nichols, R.K. (1991) Corporate Aluminum Model, Texas A & M University- Kingsville Press, Kingsville, TX.
Nichols, R. K. (2006) Handbook of Information Security. Hossein Bidgoli, Editor in Chief. Chapter 74: Wireless Information Warfare in Volume II: Information Warfare: Social, Legal and International Issues; and Security Foundations. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=0471648310&ref=nb_sb_noss