Frederick Michael Avolio

Curriculum Vitae

Career Overview

Until it closed in 2007, Fred Avolio was the president and founder of Avolio Consulting, Inc., a Maryland-based corporation specializing in computer and network security, and dedicated to improving the state of corporate and Internet security through education and testing. Fred is a recognized computer and network security expert, and has been active in the UNIX, TCP/IP communities since 1979. Since 1992, he has specialized in Internet and computer security. Avolio Consulting, Inc. started in mid-1998. Since that time he has worked for small security start-ups, vendors with security products such as WatchGuard , and security-related companies, including TruSecure. In his consultancy, he split his time between teaching, consulting, and writing.

Avolio currently works for the Information Operations Systems Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

Avolio Consulting offered a select series of consulting services for vendors, end-users, and enterprises. Fred Avolio was the principal employee, and provided the following services:

From November 2005 until July 2006, Avolio worked on contract for Cybertrust Corporation as the Manager of the Risk Intelligence Team. He built and supervised team that gathered network- and computer-security intelligence, and produced product in the form of customer-usable and -actionable reports, action steps, and analysis.

In the position of Vice President at Trusted Information Systems, Inc., Avolio was involved in technology and company analysis for merger and acquisition activity, and helped set security product direction. He was also Corporate Information Security Officer. Previously, at TIS, he worked in TIS’ network security consulting group and was product manager and development manager for TIS’ Gauntlet Internet Firewall, and its predecessor, the TIS Internet Firewall Toolkit. The latter was part of a DARPA sponsored contract for the White House.

Before joining TIS, Avolio was a senior consultant and senior manager with Digital Equipment Corporation. Among other duties there, he managed and maintained one of DEC’s Internet gateways and help productize the DEC SEAL firewall.

Earlier he worked at NSA, supporting UNIX systems, specializing in electronic mail.

Avolio is a top rated speaker and contributor to international conferences including CSI, Networld+Interop, TISC, and USENIX. He has lectured and provided consulting services on Internet gateways and firewalls, Internet security, security policy development, electronic mail configuration, and other related topics for both government and industry.

Publications and Papers

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Employment History

2006—Present: JHU/APL, Applied Information Sciences Department, Information Operations Systems Group. Project Manager, heading up APL’s Risk Assessment Team and participating in a Malware Content Filtering task for a large DoD/Intel contract.

June 1998—November 2007 principal and founder of Avolio Consulting, Inc.

June 2004—October 2005 , BAE Systems ATI. Supervised project managers, working to apply information assurance background and knowledge to classified customer’s requirements.

November 1992—May 1998, Trusted Information Systems. Vice President of Technology Marketing. Responsibilities included M&A activity, product positioning in the market, relations with press and industry analysts. He was also Corporate Information Security Officer. Before that, Avolio was Vice President of Marketing for the Network Security Products group in TIS. Before that, he was product manager and development manager for the Gauntlet and the Firewall Toolkit products and worked in commercial security consulting. He started at TIS as a principal project leader.

April 1984—November 1992, Digital Equipment Corporation. Avolio was a senior consultant and senior manager with Digital Equipment Corporation, leading a group of top level sales support specialists for the Mid Atlantic Area of Digital. Previously, he was a senior consultant for UNIX and TCP/IP networking. Among other duties there, he managed and maintained one of DEC’s Internet gateways and was instrumental in producing Digital’s Internet firewall product.

January 1979—April 1984, National Security Agency. Avolio was responsible for UNIX system specification and deployment in support of field organizations. He also managed and programmed UNIX systems.


Master of Science, Computer Science, Indiana University, 1979.

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Dayton, April 1977.