Robert Lane

President and CEO

Mr. Lane is a 24 year Information Technology veteran. After receiving IT services sales training from Hewlett Packard he focused on IT support for the commercial sector, particularly small business. Over time it became clear that data security was paramount therefore his focus became providing IT support and data integrity/security.

In 2000, Mr. Lane started Applications & Systems Engineering, Inc. (ASE, Inc.). with a focus on Information Assurance and compliance, including FISMA and HIPAA.

Throughout his career Mr. Lane has always maintained a strong relationship with HP and other top manufacturers to compliment ASE’s services offering. These relationships give ASE the advantage to design, install and manage secure and compliance based networks for small businesses particularly medical practices and federal contractors.

Mr. Lane’s main function other than President and CEO of ASE is business development, LAN/WAN systems design and business operation consulting. Mr. Lane has designed servers, end user systems, telecommunication systems and assisted companies with re-engineering of business processes to comply with regulations such as SOX, HIPAA and NIST.

During this time Mr. Lane has obtained the following certification:

  • HP Global Services Sales Training, 1989
  • Cisco Sales Professional, 1992
  • HP Procurve Accredited Sales Provessional, (ASP) 2009
  • Certified HIPAA Security Expert (CHSE), 2012

Leighton Johnson

CTO & Senior Security Engineer

Mr. Johnson brings over 35 years of experience in Computer Security, Software Development and Communications Equipment Operations & Maintenance to ASE. Primary focus areas include computer security, information operations & assurance, software system development life cycle focused on modeling & simulation systems, systems engineering and integration activities, anti-terrorism/cyber terrorism, database administration, business process & data modeling.

He has contributed two chapters on Security Incident Response and Configuration Management to “Encyclopedia of Information Assurance”, ISBN: 978-1-4200-6620-3.

He is a member of the:

  • CSA CloudSIRT working group developing the model for response collaboration among cloud providers, responders and users.
  • CSA Security-as-a-Service working group developing the definitions for SECaaS requirements and models.
  • IEEE Education working groups on Cloud and on Computer Software Security.

He holds CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CIFI (Certified Information Forensics Investigator), CSSLP (Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional), CAP (Certified Authorization Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk & Information Systems Control), CMAS (Certified Master Antiterrorism Specialist), ATOL2 (DOD Anti-Terrorism Officer Level 2), CAS-CTR (Certified Antiterrorism Specialist – Cyber Terrorism Response) and MBCI (Certified Member Business Continuity Institute) credentials.

Terry Hope

CIO & Senior IT Network Engineer

Mr. Hope brings over 25 years experience in computer and network design, integration, installation, operation and support to ASE.

He performs:

  • LAN integration, configuration and Installation,
  • Network management,
  • Diagnostics and performance analysis,
  • Customer support and technical analysis.

Mr. Hope’s strengths include extensive knowledge in: MS Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Novell Netware, DOS, LAN configurations and topologies, networking protocols, multi-platform communications, software applications, voice and data communications systems, including VoIP, computer applications and systems training, hardware and technical support.

Mr. Hope has a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with Computer Concentration from Old Dominion University.

Nicholas Choate

Senior IT Engineer

Mr. Choate brings over 25 years of experience in the IT industry to ASE. His broad range of skills encompasses:

  • Troubleshooting,
  • Designing,
  • Re-engineering,
  • Implementing and managing peer to peer, client server and virtual computing environments.

He has extensive experience with MAC, Microsoft and VM Ware. Mr. Choate has many years of experience as a full time employee Network Administrator for various commercial entities before becoming a service provider. He possesses senior-level executive experience in decision-making, policy direction, business strategies, R&D, and complex IT environments. He exhibits diverse skills in re-engineering, marketing, budgets and risk management, multi-site technology, systems analysis and Disaster Recovery Planning and Implementation. Mr. Choate has a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Education Technology.