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SME Spotlight: Alex Brightman

Alex Brightman Sr. PhotoAlex Brightman Sr. is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Teacher based in Tampa, Florida who has been a Computer Systems Information Technology Instructor in CTE since 2000. His role includes providing computer support to faculty, staff, and students, recommending classroom Ethernet cable management strategies, and offering college courses for Computer Systems Information Technology.

He has taught an array of courses from the Cisco Networking Academy related to networking and has worked to prepare his students for the following certifications: Cisco CCNA and CCENT, and CompTIA Security+, Network+, and A+.

"I chose to pursue my new role as a Computer Systems Information Technology Specialist because I was ready for a new role as an instructor at a Magnet STEM High School… I chose to teach because I love helping others learn what I learned…"

His background made him an excellent fit as a third-time SME for the new NOCTI Fundamentals of Cybersecurity assessment development. This involved a NOCTI facilitator and an SME team creating a knowledge-based and skill-based assessment for this content area during a five-night webinar in February of 2019.

"I enjoyed the process that we went through, appreciated knowing that my work will actually make a difference on the piloted tests, and look forward to future opportunities to serve as an SME with NOCTI."

To him, some positive aspects of the webinars included support from other members in a professional, virtual environment and ensuring that items related to fundamental concepts of cybersecurity were included on the test.

Alex also shared the following personal points:

  • His father was an Ohio State Buckeyes football fan, and he is as well
  • Loves spending time with his 7 grandchildren and family
  • Is fluent in ASL American Sign Language, his first language
  • Works on Networking Refresh projects (side work)
  • Plays softball
  • Has five siblings
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