Thomas Jones


Thomas Jones


Information Security Specialist


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



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I'm an information security specialist and entrepreneur with an eclectic background in a multitude of information technology roles. I have worked for two federal agencies and multiple Fortune 100 corporations, but currently work for Information Technology Services here at UNC- Chapel Hill.

My experience in information technology has been intriguing to say the least. At some point in my career I transitioned from merely wanting to dabble in the latest and greatest technology, to exploring how technology could resolve problems in other areas of society. This, in many ways, is the purpose of SILS – to recognize the patterns and applications of information and information systems.

It was in this exploration that I became fascinated not necessarily with how we are using technology to directly or indirectly solve problems, but rather how we, as a society, frame technology’s governance through policy and law.

The intersection of code and law requires a delicate balance and has been under constant judicial clarification since its inception. Our current cyberlaws, and approach to cyberlawmaking, have shown to be problematic and at times completely ineffective – The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a great example.

As a result, I am currently developing a framework that can be used in cyberlawmaking in an effort to avoid a number of problematic issues that plague efficiencies in the prosecution and defense of computer-related crime. By using an enterprise information security architecture as a foundation to effective cyberlaw, I believe we can explore a public policy framework that addresses a technical ecosystem by integrating the requisite technical context. As our Internet matures, we must promote open standards and open data, properly leverage cyberlaw and cyberlawmaking between our government and its citizens, and honestly address the globalization of this unparalleled resource.

I would like to thank UNC SILS Professor Paul Jones and Syracuse University iSchool Professor Dr. Milton Mueller for introducing me to hacktivism, internet governance, and other contemporary issues surrounding law and technology. I owe them both my deepest gratitude for the direction of my career, and by extension, its newfound purpose.

As the Executive Vice President of AFCEA-NC, I founded the 3Day4Science Scholarship Golf Tournament as a fundraiser in 2013. This event raised money to provide K-12 STEM teachers in North Carolina grants to further enhance their classroom training. Since 2008, AFCEA-NC has awarded $250,000 in grants and scholarships to K-12 STEM teachers, and college students pursuing STEM related degrees. I know how much I valued the time I spent with my technology teacher in high school. If it was not for him I would not be who I am today, and for that I am grateful. In light of the above, I will be launching a new information security venture soon. Stay tuned!

I also like to golf and teach Tae Kwon Do (I’m a second degree black belt) in my spare time. When I’m not golfing I’m trying to learn how to play guitar or I’m studying for an IT certification (I have nine at the moment.). There are rumors that I snowboard in the winter, too!

My academic background includes a B.S. in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill (2009), a C.A.S. in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management from Syracuse University iSchool, and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Studies of Law (M.S.L.) at Wake Forest University Law School focusing in Internet Law.