Warren Connell

wconnel2 at masonlive dot gmu dot edu


Warren Connell is a 2017 graduate of the PhD program in Information Technology at George Mason University. He an active-duty Air Force officer, currently assigned to a test management position at the F-35 Joint Program Office, Crystal City, Virginia. Following his current tour, he is slated for assignment to a faculty position at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio.

Warren has had a variety of assignments in his 22-year career, ranging from developing secure command and control applications on legacy IBM mainframes, installing network intrusion detection systems across the Air Force, and maintaining imagery production architecture for a number of intelligence platforms worldwide. He implemented a production management system that was eventually used across the entire National Air and Space Intelligence Center and also directed operations for 225 personnel in the GEOINT/MASINT Innovation Squadron. Prior to attending George Mason, he was a Project Engineer assigned to the Airspace Mission Planning Division, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and responsible for information assurance activities for the entire Mission Planning enterprise, used on over 60 platforms Air Force-wide.


PhD in Information Technology, Fall 2017, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia


MS in Computer Engineering, November 2011, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Non-thesis option


BS in Computer Engineering, May 2007 (CS and math minors), University of Nebraska—Lincoln (Omaha campus)

Senior Design Project: Wireless Internet Radio

Wrote software interface between microcontroller and 802.11b wireless card, digital-analog converter, and LCD touchscreen to play music from multiple remote servers via HTTP.


Associate in Applied Science - Computer Science Technology, January 2007, Community College of the Air Force


Research Interests:

Moving Target Defense

Anti-Tamper Techniques

Data Aggregation


Professional Certifications:
ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), March 2013
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) System Engineering, Level III, Jan 2013
DAWIA Program Management, Level I, Apr 2011
DAWIA Science and Technology Management, Level I, September 2014
CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+, 2010



"A Quantitative Framework for Cyber Moving Target Defenses." Dissertation Link / Presentation Slides



Connell, Warren, Albanese, Massimiliano, and Sridhar Venkatesan. "A Framework for Moving Target Defense Quantification." IFIP International Information Security and Privacy Conference. Springer International Publishing, 2017. Link

Connell, Warren, Menascé , Daniel, and Massimiliano Albanese. "Performance Modeling of Moving Target Defenses." Fourth ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense (MTD). ACM, 2017. Link

Connell, Warren, Luan Pham, and Sam Philip. "Analysis of Concurrent Moving Target Defenses." Fifth ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense (MTD). ACM, 2018. Link

Connell, Warren, Menascé , Daniel, and Massimiliano Albanese. "Performance Modeling of Moving Target Defenses with Reconfiguration Limits." IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. To be published. Link

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