A Passion for Security

About The Cyber Defense Institute

Cyber Defense Institute Inc. was founded by Jim Shea former Director of the Center for Business Information Technologies (CBIT) at Syracuse University. Jim left the University in 2009 and along with several university faculty started Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. Cyber Defense consulting services grew and expanded and has developed a reputation for trustworthy and superior security services to mid size organizations.

A CSI/FBI Survey estimates that over 85% of all crimes today involve a digital device that contains a digital signature.

Cyber Defense Institute can assist you or your organization in all facets of network security and compliance.


Why Cyber Defense Institute?

Our Professional Team

Our team of professionals holds advanced degrees, security certifications, and has many years of IT security experience to bring to the table. We understand both management and technical issues and our associates are passionate about security. We also teach security to IT professionals, the military and graduate students.


CDI is independent and unbiased because we do not sell security products such as hardware or software to fix problems that we find. CDI helps you select the most cost effective solutions to address your security risks.

Our Methodology

CDI focuses on a pragmatic risk-based approach that focuses discovery and analysis of areas that are of greatest risk to your organization. We will focus our services on identifying the most significant risks to maximize your investment in the assessment and mitigation of risks.

Our Ethics

Confidentiality and professional ethics are at the top of our list of corporate priorities. Our professional staff subscribe to the ISC2 code of professional ethics for security professionals. Trust is the basis of any good relationship and we work very hard to earn and maintain your trust.

Our Services

CDI's services are limited to security assessments, forensics and security training.

These services include:

  • Penetration Testing and Web Application Security Assessments

  • Internal IT Security Assessments, Social Engineering, and Computer Forensic Analysis

  • Staff Training and Mentoring

Our services help your organization address compliance issues, including: PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, NYS DFS, etc.

Expertise in Cyber Security

CDI’s information security experts use years of experience across multiple industries to bring you a comprehensive view of your company’s information security posture. Working with CDI allows you to take advantage of the knowledge we have in your industry, as well as many other similar industries.

Successful Track Record in Real World Computer Forensics and Security

CDI’s certified and experienced Computer Forensic Investigators use proven methods and techniques as well as state of the art tools to forensically retrieve and analyze all the information on a system which may include e-mail, log files, deleted files, and other information that may be relevant to the case