Michael Esch

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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.

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."