Alumnus Credits St. John’s for Successful Career in Information Security

Joel Ndimkora

Joel Ndimkora ’12C, ’22CCPS,

May 15, 2023

Joel Ndimkora ’12C, ’22CCPS, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in Cyber and Information Security in 2022, is grateful for the quality academic programs offered at St. John’s University that gave him the education and helped him hone the skills needed to be successful in his career. His current role involves managing information security in the defense industry, while simultaneously serving in the US Army to secure the country against cyberspace adversaries.

“I look forward to contributing to a more secure digital world through research and practical application of cybersecurity in the information domain,” he said. “The Cyber and Information Security program in The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies challenged my analytical mind and provided me with the right toolset to be successful in today’s cyber field and leverage for advancement in information technology management.”

“As a well-rounded professional in the field of information security, Joel embodies both the excellence St. John’s is known for, as well as the Vincentian mission of making the world a better place,” said Suzanna Schmeelk, D.P.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity, and Director, M.S. in Cyber and Information Security program.

He has a wealth of experience working in different sectors including government, technology, and health care. “I am passionate about innovative approaches to information security—building and developing networks both personally and professionally—and believe in working collectively for the growth of any organization in which I am involved,” Mr. Ndimkora said.

He also has CompTIA Security Plus certification and is in the process of earning his Certified Information Security Manager certification. “Joel’s commitment to excellence, collaboration, and innovation were the driving factors that helped him forge a successful career in the field of cybersecurity,” Dr. Schmeelk said. “He has a strong sense of curiosity and enjoys learning and exploring new ideas and concepts.”