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Cristian Balan, CISSP, CHFI, ACE,Class of '99

Cristian Balan, CISSP, CHFI, ACE,Class of '99

Coordinator, Center for Cybersecurity and Technology (CCT) at SUNY Plattsburgh


  • Coordinator, Center for Cybersecurity and Technology (CCT)
  • Management, Information Systems and Analytics Dept (MISA), School of Business and Economics (SBE), SUNY Plattsburgh

Cristian Balan is an energetic information systems security professional with ample experience in incident response and managing teams of highly technical responders. He has teaching experience in computer networking and information security. He has extensive consulting experience working with the law enforcement community in system administration, information security and digital forensics. As the deputy CIO for the VT Army National Guard, Cristian Balan has experience working at the executive level with CIOs, CTOs and CISOs to implement security policies and create incident response teams.

He is an active member of the Albany Chapter of Infragard, an FBI sponsored organization, and was the chief of the Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. Major Balan and his team responded to cyber incidents on the VT Army National Guard computer networks and the larger U.S. Army network. MAJ Balan (Retired) is a National Guardsman with 31 years of experience with the last 14 years spent in the information assurance field.

In December of 2010, Major Balan completed a one year tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1-172nd Cavalry Squadron, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) as their signal officer managing a 70 million dollar computer and radio communications infrastructure in Parwan Province, north of Kabul. MAJ Balan holds DOD Certification in Information Assurance Level III both technical and management. Professor Balan holds the CISSP certification from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. [(ISC)²], the Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator designation from the EC-Council, and ACE certification from Access Data.

He is the owner and managing consultant of NY Computer Networks, a 14 year old consulting firm specializing in managing cyber risk for a wide range of clientele in both the public and private sector. Professor Balan invites his students to work with him on vulnerability assessments and consulting for government organizations and non-profits that cannot otherwise afford the services of a security expert. Professor Balan managed the highly successful Champlain College digital forensic program starting in the summer of 2007.

Prior, he held the position as distance learning coordinator at several colleges to include SUNY at Plattsburgh, SUNY at Potsdam and Clinton Community College. As a manager, Cristian Balan believes in constant professional development for his team members and participation in industry events. He endears a hands-on, lead from the front management style and quickly builds effective teams to respond to security incidents.

He actively works with the industry association and is a regular presenter at security conferences. Cristian Balan’s latest interests span remote forensics, digital evidence triage and malware analysis. Professor Balan manages the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Cybersecurity and Technology in the School of Business and Economics. He teacher cybersecurity courses in the Management, Information Systems and Analytics Department. Cristian Balan is interested in exploring industry opportunities in managing incident response teams, digital forensic and malware teams along with consulting at the C-level in cybersecurity.