Benjamin Blakely


Assistant Teaching Professor [E CPE]


2520 Osborn Dr
Ames, IA 500111046


Benjamin teaches Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Cybersecurity for the undergraduate Cybersecurity Engineering program. He has over 20 years of experience related to information technology and security, having established and developed data-driven programs to support rapid growth and maturation of organizations in the private, public, and education sectors. He’s served as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity for multiple agencies of the federal government, and regularly speaks to student and professional groups. He founded the Ames, Iowa Chapter of OWASP and served a term as the Education Director for the Iowa Chapter of ISACA. He earned his PhD and BS degrees in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University (with minors in psychology and political science), holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications, and is the lead inventor on two patents related to encryption key management in cloud infrastructures. His research interests include the psychology of information security risk, information security risk quantification, and applications of machine learning to continuous information security monitoring.