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James C. Samans


Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance

Jamie has more than 15 years of demonstrated success in cybersecurity, information risk management, systems analysis, and business continuity. He has managed people and projects, worked in public and private-sector environments, holds a commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and is a frequent contributor to cybersecurity training and development activities through his association with ISACA.

Cooperative Experience
Since 2014

Passionate about cooperation and the potential of workplace democracy to improve community life, Jamie has a natural affinity for administrative tasks and looks for opportunities to advance the causes of social enterprise and worker ownership through writing, presentations, participation in panel discussions, and other venues.

Jamie led XENSHA's adoption of a cooperative plan in 2015 with the mission of creating sustainable jobs while promoting worker ownership.  Two years later, he helped the cooperative become a Certified B Corporation®, formalizing its commitment to positive impacts on communities, the environment, and society as a whole. 

XENSHA formed Co-Local™ in 2017 to pursue this expanded mission.

Executive Member


  • Responsible for administrative and support tasks including bookkeeping, official filings, coordination of member votes, and selection of strategic relationships.
  • Led technical and adaptive change initiatives through democratic governance.

Program Manager


  • Develop and promote a program to help locally owned businesses draw customers.

Consultant, Risk Management and Business Services

XENSHA Consulting

  • ISACA - Ongoing item writer for certification review materials and subject-matter expert (SME).  CISM Quality Assurance Team (QAT) member.  Projects include:
    • CRISC Review Manual (6th ed.), principle author
      CISM Review Manual (15th ed.), reviewer
      CISM/CRISC Chapter-level and Web-based training, contributor
      CSX Cybersecurity for Auditors Web-based training, contributor
  • Noche Azul Spa - Bookkeeping services and tax preparation.
  • Fannie Mae - Implemented an integrated program for enterprise resiliency.

Technical Writer

Tutor Ring

  • Review and revise academic and college-admissions essays.

Other Professional Experience

Director of Information Systems Security
American Institutes for Research, Oct 2016-Present

  • Lead information risk management and business continuity programs under direct report to the Chief Information Security Officer.
  • Administer security awareness program, including workforce training, phishing assessment, and direct-engagement/outreach activities.
  • Coordinate the business continuity/disaster recovery working group and plan exercises.
  • Prepare and deliver reports for the executive team and AIR Board of Directors.

Senior Information Security Analyst
TWM Associates, Jan 2006-April 2014 (employee) 
May 2014-Oct. 2015 (contractor via XENSHA)

  • Led field teams of 3-6 analysts on network and system security audits around the world.
  • Designed a comprehensive enterprise resiliency program incorporating information protection, incident response, business continuity, and physical security.
  • Ran the internal training program and developed a new performance review process.
  • Clients included DISA, DLA, DHS OIG, ED OIG, SEC, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae.

IT Project Lead
Arrowhead Global Solutions, Sept 2003-Dec 2005

  • Led 12 people in a nationwide thin-client deployment for DHS.
  • Served as the sales engineer for a multi-level security solution.

Junior Network Administrator
Missa Bay Citrus Company, Sept 2001-April 2002
  • Administered a local-area network in a combined office/manufacturing environment. 
  • Provided end-user support, implemented backup and recovery procedures, and planned a domain migration.

Senior Help Desk Analyst
Cornerstone Networks, Oct 1999-May 2001

  • Delivered second-tier technical support via phone for a regional Internet Service Provider.

Military Service

U.S. Air Force Reserve

  • U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
    • Cybersecurity Analyst, IMA: 2019-present 
    • Joint Information Assurance Officer, IMA: 2017-2018
  • Special Operations Command Korea (seven Joint field exercises)
    • Joint Communications Plans Officer, IMA: 2015-2016
    • U6 Cyber/Communications, IMA: 2014-2015
    • Projects Officer/Help Desk OIC, IMA: 2012-2014
  • U.S. Strategic Command, JFCC-ISR
    • Operations Officer, MPA: Oct 2015-Aug 2016 
  • 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
    • Administrative Officer, TR: 2009-2013
  • 512th Mission Support Squadron
    • Help Desk Analyst, TR: 2003-2009

U.S. Army National Guard

  • HHD 1297th Core Support Battalion - TR: 2002-2003
  • 193rd Regional Training Institute - TR: 2000-2002


M.S. Air Warfare (2016)

M.S. Information Assurance (2008)

M.S. Management (2004)

B.A. Computer Science (2003)

B.S. Mathematical Economics (2001)

Graduate Certificates

Joint Warfare (2016)
Healthcare Administration (2009)

Professional Credentials

CISSP | Systems Security Professional

ISSEP | Systems Security Engineer

CISM | Information Security Manager

CISA | Information Systems Auditor

CRISC | Risk and Security Controls

CPP | Physical Security

CIPT | Privacy Technologist

CEH | Ethical Hacker

CBCP | Business Continuity

PMP | Project Management

Tax-Related Qualifiers

PTIN Annual Filing Season Program

  • 18 Hours of Continuing Education
  • IRS-approved Ethics Training
Jamie's record of completion for the IRS 2018 Annual Filing Season Program.

Military Training Courses


Squadron Officer School (2015)
Officer Training School (2009)
NCO Academy (2007)
Airman Leadership School (2005)
Basic Combat Training (2001)


Cyberspace 200 (2016)

Tactical Communications (2014)
Enterprise Network Operations (2014)
Undergraduate Cyber Training (2013)

  * Top Grad/Sadler Award Recipient
Healthcare Administration (2011)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional - Information Systems Security Engineering Specialization
Certified Information Systems Auditor
Certified Information Security Manager
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls
Certified Information Privacy Technologist
Certified Protection Professional
Certified Ethical Hacker
Project Management Professional