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Michael Shirk

Michael Shirk

Assistant Professor Computer Technology


I have worked in cybersecurity since 2003, where my primary focus has been on security operations, and network security. I am an advocate for the use of open source security tools and operating systems for threat detection and response. Working as a consultant, I have fully deployed network security tools and enterprise log solutions at a number of federal agencies in support of their security operations. At Harford, I teach introduction.


  • AAS, Electronics Engineering Technology, Capitol Technology University
  • BS, Computer Information Systems, Strayer University
  • MS, Information Assurance, Capitol Technology University

Research Interests

  • Open source security tools for threat detection and incident response.

Courses Taught

  • CIS-102 Introduction to Info Sceience
  • CIS-104 Computer Operating Systems
  • CIS-110 Introduction to UNIX/Linux
  • CIS-135 Introduction to NetworkingC
  • CIS-210 Fundamentals of Network Security
  • ISS-105 Introduction to Cybersecurity


  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Computer Information Systems