Cyber Intelligence and Security Department Introduction

By Dr. Jon Haass, Professor of Cyber Intelligence and Security

Welcome Students and Parents,

The Cyber Intelligence and Security department in the nation’s first and only College of Business, Security and Intelligence invites you to learn more about the degree programs offered, the labs and student clubs.

This summer, students created an intriguing capture the flag competition for the second year in a row at the Aerospace Village at DEFCON held in Las Vegas. Participants from around the globe tackled challenges including accessing and modifying runway lights at the Xanadu airport where terrorists threatened a virtual plane. 

This year we welcome Dr. Catalina Aranzazu to our faculty roster. Her expertise in networking will be a great addition. She will be teaching CI 120, the Introduction to Cyber Security for majors. In addition, we welcome back Professor Jesse Chiu in his new role as full time faculty.  He will be teaching Introduction to Computer Networks as well as others.

Coming this fall will be the opportunity to participate in not one but two capstone projects with the Boeing Company. The past two years students have worked on the cyber security issues associated with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADSB) signals coming from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and their interaction with the glass cockpit of a piloted aircraft.  In addition to the third year for this project, another project will start where the aircraft system is emulated with an aircraft network, maintenance ports, as well as computation capabilities.

For the second year, students were selected by the DoD for the Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP). Scholarship for service program provides full tuition, books, fees, stipend, summer internship and a guaranteed job with a specific sponsoring agency within the DoD.  Watch for the call for applications again this winter open to students with Sophomore standing or higher.  This year one of our grad students was selected bringing to three the number of scholarships on campus.  Most universities were not awarded as many so we feel fortunate.

As part of the growth of the Cyber department, funding and in kind equipment was won by our chair Dr. Sampigethaya to expand the network, as well as artificial intelligence capabilities in the cyber lab. Juniper Networks equipment will be installed and an additional powerful server to support them. 

We hope you will come visit us in the south wing of building 17 and consider participating in one of the student clubs. The organization typically occurs in the first month of classes so watch for notices. The workstations in the lab were updated this past spring with 10 core I9 processors so clubs and classes will be able to perform well with virtual machines and applications.