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Stephen  Gary

Stephen Gary

Stephen Gary
Assistant Professor of Practice


Office: CIS
Phone: 813/974-3520


Steve “Scuba” Gary teaches in the School of Information Intelligence Studies MS program. He is an Assistant Professor of Practice with background and expertise in intelligence, specifically cyber intelligence.

His academic interests are intelligence, cyber intelligence, cybersecurity, cyber operations, and analysis tools and methods. He does research for and networks with many organizations in the Tampa Bay area.

Prior to joining the USF faculty, Steve developed, and served as Chief of, the Cyber Intelligence Support Element at U.S. Special Operations Command; as Deputy Division Chief (Cyber) at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service/93rd Intelligence Squadron; as Cryptologic Support Team Officer in Charge (Cyber) for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq; and as an Adjunct Instructor at Joint Special Operations University.

He was a highly-decorated career intelligence officer and Russian Linguist/Interpreter in the U.S. Air Force, and a Reserve Police Officer for the Biloxi (MS) Police Department. Steve earned a B.S. degree from Regents College and an M.S. in Cyber Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He currently holds a Security+ certification (CompTIA).


Scuba's primary courses of instruction are:

LIS 6703 Cyber Intelligence

This course builds a foundation for understanding how cyber intelligence and counterintelligence can support cybersecurity and contribute more broadly to an enterprise or national security mission. It traces the history of cyber threats; evaluates the different forms of cyber conflict from hacktivism to cyber warfare; identifies and describes some of the key states and non-state actors posing a threat to cybersecurity; describe what is currently known about "insider threats" to information systems; examines how espionage (national and corporate) is evolving in the cyber realm; reviews research on cyberbehavior and its implications for the "human dimension" of cybersecurity; and explores how to integrate technical, social and strategic data in cyber threat analysis. (3 credits)

LIS 6704 Advanced Cyber Intelligence

This course builds on the foundations of Cyber Intelligence and focuses on applying intelligence analytic methods to plan, collect, process, analyze, produce and disseminate cyber intelligence products. Students will learn to apply intelligence analytic methods to create actionable intelligence products that support a cybersecurity mission. (3 credits)