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Cybersecurity @ UCM - Secure Your Future

The UCM Cybersecurity program is a leader in the state and nation. Our Cybersecurity program is one of the only two ABET accredited programs in Missouri, and one of only a handful of accredited Cybersecurity programs in the nation. Achievement of ABET accreditation is an indicator that our program exhibits the level of quality demanded by industry and that we are able to produce graduates that are workforce ready. The program curricula provide foundational and hands-on training in technical, systems, human, organizational, and societal aspects of cybersecurity. The program includes courses like cryptography, secure programming, network security, web applications security, cyber-physical systems security, information assurance, ethical hacking, usable security, and computer forensics. The curricula are designed according to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program Knowledge Units jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

We have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who have extensive experiences in research and/or industry. Five of them received specialized information security training through the SANS Institute. We provide an unmatched education to students in the region, and we're proud of it. With the demand for qualified technical personnel far exceeding the available supply, the opportunities awaiting Cybersecurity graduates are nearly limitless.

Programs Offered

Meet the Faculty

All permanent computer science faculty have a Ph. D. degree in computer science or closely related areas. They conduct both theoretical and applied research in their own areas and publish their research results on major research journals. In addition, they also travel to give technical talks at various national/international conferences. They are committed to deliver today’s technology to students.

   Name/Title  Research Areas  Contact
Dr. Ding Dr. Dabin Ding, GSEC, GSSP-JAVA
Assistant Professor
Database, Data Mining, Cloud Computing, Secure Software Development, Internet of Things Phone: 660-543-8865
Office: WCM 211
Email: dding@ucmo.edu
Dr. Grebe Dr. Mark Grebe
Assistant Professor
Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Embedded Systems/IoT Phone: 660-543-8846
Office: WCM 213
Email: grebe@ucmo.edu
Dr. Haque Dr. Taiabul Haque
Assistant Professor 
Usable Privacy & Security, Cybersecurity Economics, Mobile Device Security, Human-Computer Interaction Phone: 660-543-4766
Office: WCM 116X
Email: haque@ucmo.edu
Dr. Park Dr. Hyungbae Park, GCFE, GICSP
Assistant Professor
Cybersecurity Program Coordinator
Software-Defined Networking, Network Security, Incident Handling & Response, Forensics Phone: 660-543-8921
Office: WCM 223
Email: park@ucmo.edu
Dr. Shin Dr. Sunae Shin
Assistant Professor
Mobility Management, Cellular Networks, Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization Phone: 660-543-6612
Office: MIC D159
Email: sshin@ucmo.edu
Dr. Singh Dr. Anshuman Singh, CISSP, GPEN
Assistant Professor
Malware, Information Assurance, Pentesting, Ethical Hacking, Big Data Phone: 660-543-8858
Office: WCM 205D
Email: singh@ucmo.edu
Dr. Wang Dr. Jun Wang
Assistant Professor
Wireless Networks and Security Phone: 660-543-6629
Office: MIC D160
Email: jwang@ucmo.edu
Dr. Yousef Dr. Mahmoud Yousef
Professor
MSCS Graduate Coordinator
Assistant Chair
Simulation and Modeling, Statistical Analysis Phone: 660-543-8892
Office: WCM 217
Email:  yousef@ucmo.edu
Dr. Yue Dr. Xiaodong Yue
Professor
Chair 
Wireless Communications and Networking Phone: 660-543-4930
Office: WCM 222C 
Email: yue@ucmo.edu

About Cybersecurity

What is Cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity, also referred to as information security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction. 

Why is Cybersecurity important? 

Recent cyber attacks on large retailers and health insurance providers again highlighted the need for increased cybersecurity education and training of existing workforce and preparing a new generation of cybersecurity workers ready for securing our cyberspace from intruders and attackers. The Federal government has recognized the importance of cybersecurity at all levels and a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) was established by President George W. Bush in 2008 and continued by President Obama. CNCI Initiative#8 puts emphasis on expanding Cyber Education “to develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce with the right knowledge and skills”. 

During a Senate hearing in March 2013, the nation's top intelligence officials warned that cyber attacks and digital spying are the top threat to national security, eclipsing terrorism. As a matter of fact, Missouri ranks 5th in the U.S. in the number of cybersecurity breaches according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create solutions to cybersecurity problems in industry, government or academia appropriate to their levels of professional experience.
  • Be capable of gauging the impact of cybersecurity risk for an organization or on society, and possess knowledge of the ethical, social and professional responsibilities of their work.
  • Have effective oral and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to the benefit of teams.
  • Continue to update their professional knowledge and skills to adapt to innovation and change, and be successful in their professional work and/or graduate studies.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply security principles and practices for maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.

Scholarships

Numerous scholarships are available specifically for Computer Science majors.  In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as a tutor or teaching assistant.  For a full list of scholarships visit ucmo.edu/mocents

For Entering Freshman

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility

Cybersecurity Achievement Award
1. major in Cybersecurity
2. ACT >= 23
3. high school GPA 3.5 or higher

Harmon

1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. completed 3 units of mathematics and or computer science in high school
3. ACT >= 23
4. Missouri resident

Kennedy

1. declare a major in the department
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM



For Current Students

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility

ACM

1. major in Computer Science
2. ACM member
3. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

Brown

1. second/third year at UCM
2. major in computer science/mathematics
3. GPA >=3.5 (mathematics courses), GPA >= 3.3 (all courses)
4. show promise in pursuing post-graduate study
5. demonstrate financial need
Cybersecurity Achievement Award
1. major in Cybersecurity
2. GPA 3.2 or higher

Griffith

1. major in Computer Science
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

Harmon

1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. GPA >= 3.0
3. Missouri resident

Moore

1. major in the department
2. junior or senior class
3. GPA >= 3.0 in the major
4. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

Careers in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity jobs are no longer only in highly specialized niche organizations. Instead, these jobs now span all sectors from defense, homeland security, and financial institutions to healthcare, law enforcement, and education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for cybersecurity jobs (a typical position is information security analyst) is very positive. Cybersecurity is the second fastest growing occupation in the United States with a projected growth rate of 37% over the next decade. In Missouri, cybersecurity is the third fastest growing occupation with a projected growth rate of 28% over the next decade. 

USNews has ranked cybersecurity fifth in the list of top college majors that lead to jobs. In an article in Washington Post, Tom Kellerman, a former member of the President’s cybersecurity commission was quoted “The government needs to hire at least 10,000 experts in the near future and the private sector needs four times that number”. A survey reported by CIO revealed that Cybersecurity salaries are three times the national average.

Cyber Range

The program has state-of-the-art computing labs to support both instruction and research needs. Cyber Range (Cyber Central) is used to provide a virtual network environment for hands-on exercises in cybersecurity. Labs are in courses like Ethical Hacking, Computer and Network Forensics, and Web Applications Security are supported in Cyber Central. Cyber Central is powered by NDG Netlab+ and provides a virtual lab that would help students practice lab exercises on the virtual network from anywhere using internet access. Many of the cybersecurity lab exercises are dangerous to perform on a live network and could pose a security risk to the institutional or home networks. Cyber Central provides an isolated virtualized network that would not interfere with other networks and is safe for practicing hacking exercises.

Microsoft Imagine

VMWare Academic Program

Get Involved!

Explore Cybersecurity outside the classroom by joining a Cybersecurity student organization. These include:

  • Cyber Mules, a cybersecurity student club that is chapter of the National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines 

By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and/or national Cybersecurity competitions.

Completion Program at Lee's Summit

The school offers a completion program for a Bachelor's of Science in Cybersecurity at UCM - Lee's Summit. For more information, please contact Professor Belinda Copus at copus@ucmo.edu

Program Accreditation

ABET

The B.S. in Cybersecurity program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Contact

Dr. Hyungbae Park, GCFE, GICSP
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 223
Tel: (660) 543-8921
Fax: (660) 543-8013

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