Alumni Testimonials

Michael Esch

Master of Science in Information Assurance
, Class of 2015
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I was looking for a school with mature, highly ranked course. I wanted the curriculum to be certified by the NSA/DHS.
Michael Esch, Class of 2015
Master of Science in Information Assurance
Computer Forensics and Incident Response Management

Q: “Tell us about yourself, Michael.”
A: "I’m married, with no kids, living in Ocean Springs, MS.  My wife works in the medical field.  My main hobby is autocross racing, which I have been doing on and off for 15 years."

Q: “What is your current employer?”
A: "I’ve served nearly 13 years on active duty in the United States Air Force.  I’m currently a 1LT and billeted as an Instructor, preparing new officers for their careers in Cyberspace Operations or Cyberspace Warfare Operations."

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: "My dream job is to be a C level executive focusing on IT or information security, the MSISA program will help me get there."

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich, how did you learn about it?”
A: "I first learned of Norwich by attending a one-day seminar about Digital Investigations.  The speaker was a course writer for Norwich, and he briefly discussed the program.  At a different event, I met others who went through the program and spoke highly about it.  I was looking for a school with mature, highly ranked course.  I wanted the curriculum to be certified by the NSA/DHS."

Q: “How have your grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: "I’ve grown both personally and professionally because of my time with Norwich.  Using my department as a case study organization has helped me reevaluate both short and long term projects we are working on, and has shaped our way ahead.  Personally, I was never great in English classes.  Writing papers though has helped me to re-learn the common rules I forgot or never bothered to learn.  I communicate more effectively as a result."

Q: “Please tell us about any examples where you were able to put your knowledge to work immediately at your job.”
A: "My organization is going through a period of growth and transformation.  Topics discussed in class helped me identify areas of risk, which we were then able to mitigate.  I was also able to better identify areas to focus on which have allowed me to add significant value to my organization."

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most with you?”
A: "The sense of family."

Q: “How would you describe the Residency experience? Any advice for future Residency attendees?”
A: "Residency was enjoyable. It presented so many opportunities to meet and talk with people who have very different life stories, but I often found they have many of the same drives and desires. You get out of it what you put into it. Go all in."