Terry Gudaitis

Terry Gudaitis

Director of Intelligence Studies Program

Associate Professor

Dr. Terry Gudaitis is the Director of the Intelligence Studies Program in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Dr. Gudaitis is the Owner/CEO of Mindstar Security & Profiling, LLC which specializes in custom cyber security, physical security, and risk management solutions for Family Offices, high net worth persons, and their families. Terry started her career as a CIA operations officer and behavioral profiler at the Counterterrorism Center. She left government service to pursue the expansion of profiling techniques as they applied to hackers and Internet/social media users for the commercial sector. Prior to forming her own firm, Terry was the Vice President and Cyber Intelligence Director at Cyveillance, held senior positions at SAIC, Psynapse Technologies LLC and Global Integrity Corporation.

In addition to her corporate related work, Terry is on the Advisory Board of Mi3 Security, Blackbird AI, and TechnoSecurity; has served on the United States Secret Service Advisory Board for Insider Threat; trained investigators at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and, regularly presents at national and international conferences. Terry is also a featured speaker at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. She has published numerous journal articles and her most current book publications include Social Engineering – Low Tech Hacking (2011) and Deception in the Digital Age which was released in August 2017.

Terry’s academic background includes a BA from SUNY-Binghamton and a Master’s Degree and PhD in criminal psychology from University of Florida.

Selected Publications

Malin, C., Gudaitis, T., Holt, T., & Kilger, M. (2017). Deception in the Digital Age:  Exploiting and Defending Human Targets.  Academic Press.

Wiles, J., Gudaitis, T., Jabbusch, J., Rogers, R., & Lowther, S. (2011). Low Tech Hacking: Street Smarts for Security Professionals. Elsevier.

Courses Taught

CRIM 400 - Applied Criminal Psychology

CRIM 310 - Introduction to the Intelligence Community

CRIM 312 - Intelligence Analysis Techniques

CRIM 490 - Intelligence Briefing, Interview & Interrogation

CRIM 490 - Advanced Intelligence Analysis Techniques


MA and PhD, University of Florida

Recent Presentations

Malin, C., Gudaitis, T., Holt, T., and Kilger, M. (2017). Deception in the Digital Age: Exploiting and Defending Human Targets. Academic Press.