About the Speaker
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    Eric Botts
    Director, Global Cybersecurity Program, University of St. Thomas

    Eric Botts is Director, Global Cyber Security Program, and Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of St. Thomas, teaching courses on Cyber Warfare, Cyber Ethics, Enterprise Cybersecurity, and Digital Governance. Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Houston Downtown, teaching a course on Organizational Resilience in the Master of Security Management program in the College of Business. He is a lecturer at the Women’s Institute of Houston teaching a course entitled The World According to Eric. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary's University and a Master of Security Management degree from the University of Houston Downtown.

    After serving for 31 years in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer (Santo Domingo, Seoul, Dublin, and Nassau), Assistant Director of the Houston Passport Agency, and an Information Systems Security Officer, Eric retired and went to work in the private sector. During his federal career, he served as Program Chairman of the Gulf Coast Federal Safety Council, and as a member of the Federal Executive Board. He is a founding board member of the Foreign Policy Alliance and has spoken on foreign policy issues to civic groups, colleges, and the media. He works as a security project manager and consultant for Swailes & Co. Inc., specializing in cybersecurity, risk management, business continuity, due diligence, travel security, and investigations. In the cybersecurity community, he sits on the SecureWorld Advisory Council. He has authored and published two novels: "Conversations with An Alien" (2004) and "The Circle - Portrait of an American Family" (2015), writing under the pen name Eric Cristofer.