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Center of Cybersecurity

The Center of Cybersecurity at the University of Central Missouri is a focal point for planning and implementing cybersecurity outreach activities to K-12, community colleges, and industry in the region and beyond. Some examples of outreach activities are:

  • MIC Cybersecurity program
  • Cybersecurity completion program at UCM-Lee’s Summit
  • Articulation agreements with community colleges
  • Organize cybersecurity camps for high schools teachers and/or students
  • Organize awareness activities for industry at Lee’s Summit campus during the national cybersecurity awareness month
  • Organize cybersecurity related workshops and/or conferences
  • Organize high school level and college level hacking competitions
  • Invite distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government to raise awareness on important and topical issues in cybersecurity.

Center Information

Students in a Cybersecurity class


Mission of the Center

  • The center will promote education and research in cybersecurity and information assurance at UCM.
  • The center will foster sound internal practices for security of computer networks at UCM.
  • The center will promote collaboration with companies in the region.
  • The center will promote collaboration with local and state government to provide cybersecurity and information assurance solutions.
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The Center of Cybersecurity is housed in the College of Health, Science, and Technology. The center operations are managed by the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity. The center will promote interaction among the following units across the university to work towards the mission of the center.

  • Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, College of Health, Science, and Technology
  • School of Nursing, College of Health, Science, and Technology
  • School of Industrial Science and Technology, College of Health, Science, and Technology
  • Office of Technology
  • Department of Management, Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
  • Department of Public Services, Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
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We have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who have extensive experiences in research and/or industry. Eight of them received specialized information security training through the SANS Institute. In addition, eight faculty hold highly regarded cybersecurity certificates such as GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), Certified Web Applications Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Certified Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), Certified Secure Java Developer (GSSP-Java), Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN), Certified Python Coder (GPYC), Certified Network Forensic Analyst (GNFA), Security Leadership Certificate (GSLC), Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), and Cloud Security Automation (GCSA). 

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Academic Programs

Cyber Competitions

We offer UCM Cybersecurity students various opportunities to participate in various cyber competitions and sharpen their hands-on skills and knowledge in Cybersecurity learning from classes and extracurricular activities.

National Cyber League - https://www.
MidWest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) -
National CCDC -


RSS News Feeds

1. We Live Security RSS Feed -
2. McAfee Antivirus | Securing Tomorrow RSS Feed - https://securingtomorrow.
3. Schneier on Security RSS Feed - atom.xml
4. Google Online Security Blog RSS Feed - GoogleOnlineSecurityBlog
5. Cybersecurity – Microsoft Secure Blog RSS Feed - microsoftsecure/category

Job Opportunities

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Boards provide direct input to the school chair and faculty. The strong relationship with our Advisory Boards helps us improve our curriculum development and long-term strategic planning.

Board Members

Jill Brungardt, Commerce Bank
Rodney Caudle, NIC
Ernest Craig, Federal Reserve Bank - Kansas City
Tom Currie, RiskAnalytics
Robert Eber, UMB Bank
Kevin Hutchison, Cerner
Don Kleoppel, Cerner
Yaron Levi, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Billy McGurgan, Honeywell
Joel Morris, SAIC
Tyler Moore, Fishtech
Reanna Schultz, Honeywell


Upcoming Events

NCL Team Game Fall 2021, Nov 5-7, 2021

NCL Individual Game Fall 2021, Oct 22-24, 2021

NCL Preseason Game Fall 2021, Oct 11-18, 2021


Past Events

Fishtech Group Headquarters tour, May 7, 2021

NCL Team Game Spring 2021, Apr 9-11, 2021

NCL Individual Game Spring 2021, Mar 26-28, 2021

NCL Preseason Game Spring 2021, Mar 15-22, 2021

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), Feb 13, 2021

NCL Team Game Fall 2020, Nov 5-7, 2020

NCL Individual Game Fall 2020, Oct 22-24, 2020

NCL Preseason Game Fall 2020, Oct 11-18, 2020

NCL Team Game Spring 2020, Apr 17-19, 2020

NCL Individual Game Spring 2020, Apr 3-5, 2020

NCL Preseason Game Spring 2020, Mar 23-30, 2020

NCL Team Game Fall 2019, Nov 15-17, 2019

NCL Individual Game Fall 2019, Nov 1-3, 2019

Fishtech Group Headquarters tour, Oct 17, 2019

NCL Preseason Game Fall 2019, Oct 14-21, 2019

NCL Team Game Spring 2019, Apr 26-28, 2019

Fishtech Group Headquarters tour, Apr 19, 2019

NCL Individual Game Spring 2019, Apr 12-14, 2019

NCL Preseason Game Spring 2019, Apr 1-8, 2019

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), Feb 16, 2019



Dr. Belinda Copus
Chair Dept Computer Science and Cybersecurity
WCM 222C
Tel: (660) 543-4930
Fax: (660) 543-8013


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