Randall Nichols

Professor of Practice, Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus & Professor Emeritus - Cybersecurity Utica College

Randall K Nichols

Professor of Practice, Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Cybersecurity

Director - UAS Cybersecurity Certificate Graduate Program

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Salina, Kansas

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


Executive Summary

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

Professional Experience

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

Focus Day

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

12:15 PM Acoustic Countermeasures v SWARMS and secondary use for IFF

• Local radar systems
• Integrated microphone / RF signature detection systems
• Acoustical systems for passive detection / offensive destruction

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Randall.

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