Heath Nieddu, MIM

Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Technology

Professor Nieddu holds a Master of International Management from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Central Florida. His industry experience includes over 13 years as an IT professional holding positions in information security and risk management.

Professor Nieddu’s professional areas of focus include digital transformation, implementation of enterprise systems, vulnerability management, security incident response, IT risk management, and threat modeling.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Nieddu enjoys surfing, woodworking and illustrating camping trips taken with his family. He serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Life Church in Pacific Beach and is the church’s Missions Director.


  • MIM, Pacific Rim Economies, Portland State University
  • B.S., Finance, University of Central Florida

Courses Taught

  • Management of Information Systems - CIT 4034

Experience in Field

  • Global Risk Manager for publicly traded international logistics firm (2020 - Present)
  • Created threat model for global pharmaceutical firm (2019)
  • Performed security tool rationalization for publicly traded global insurance firm (2018)
  • Vulnerability Response lead for the County of San Diego (2018)
  • Security Metrics Lead for Fortune 100, global retailer (2017)
  • Senior Research Principal, IAM and Insider Threat, Optiv (2016)
  • Senior Information Security Analyst, Providence Health (2009-2016)


  • CISSP, 2015
  • GSEC, 2018
  • GCIH, 2019
  • ServiceNow Vulnerability Response, Certified Implementation Specialist

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • ServiceNow Vulnerability Response, Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Portland InfraGard Speaker: “Threats Inside and Out” Optiv, Inc, 2016.
  • Palo Alto Ignite Speaker: “Four Steps to an Intelligence-driven Security Program” Optiv, Inc, 2016