James Lerums

 James Lerums


Graduate Faculty 


REC 206 


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Information Security, Purdue University, 2018
M.S. Interdisciplinary Information Security, Purdue University, 2016
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 1974 

Research Areas

Information Security, Cyber Forensics, Cyber Security Operations, Social Economic and Legal Aspects of Information Security, “Right-Sizing” Cyber Security Solutions and Implementations, Cyber Warfare, Cyber Risk, Cyber Exercises, Physical Security Exercises 

Notable Experience

• Colonel, U.S. Army
• Financial Advisor, Indianapolis, Indiana, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, December 1996 – January 2014
• Sales and Marketing Manager, Indianapolis, Indiana, Hurco Companies, Incorporated, November 1995 – June 1996
• Manager System Integrator Program / Manager, District Program Development, Automation Products Group, Allen-Bradley Company, Highland Heights, Ohio, October 1990 – May 1995
• Area Manager, Communications Division Products (for factory automation), Indianapolis, Indiana, Allen-Bradley Company, January 1987 – September 1990
• Sales Engineer / Manager Electronic Sales – Electronics Group, Indianapolis, Indiana, Allen-Bradley Company February 1983 – December 1986
• Product Manager - Quality Assurance Software Products, Rochester, New York, Hansford Data Systems September 1981 – January 1983
• Entrepreneur Principal – Metal Products Manufacturer, Canandaigua, New York, Valerco November 1980 – September 1981
• Engineer / National Sales Representative, Macedon, New York, Mobil Chemical Company, Packaging Division January 1978 – November 1980
• Battalion Signal Officer, 326 Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, U.S. Army, January 1977 – December 1978
• Platoon Leader, 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, U.S. Army, March 1975 – December 1976 

Notable Awards

Purdue Polytechnic Seed Grant Program ($17,400) (2016)

Published Paper - The Ethics of Hacking Back, was selected for highlighting in IEEE’s Xplore Innovation
Spotlight (2016)

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)

Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)

Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)

Army Achievement Medal

Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 5 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) 

Notable Affiliations

• Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association (AFCEA)
• Association of the United State Army (AUSA)
• Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security Student Association
• High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)
• Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
• InfraGard
• Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 

Coming Up!

Our annual security symposium will be March 28th and 29th, 2023.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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