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CyberSecurity Courses at UHMC

For high school juniors, seniors and college students who want to explore the field of cybersecurity – a growing field with the potential for great careers and futures! Learn through hands-on activities that are used by cybersecurity professionals to protect information and defend from cyber thieves and attacks. All six courses in this new certificate of competency in cybersecurity are taught online.

This certificate is part of the ECET program at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Get more details at Cybersecurity@UHMC.

Faculty Spotlight


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Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya

Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, and program coordinator for the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) baccalaureate program. Dr. Bhattacharya has been working in the software industry for 28 years, having worked for large corporations such as Oracle and Microsoft. A resident of Hawaii since 2002, he has been actively researching the information security needs of small businesses since 2008.

As a former small business owner, he understands the needs and demands of information security, as well as keeping a small business up and running! Dr. Bhattacharya holds degrees from MIT, Columbia University, University of Phoenix and NW California University School of Law. Bio Sketch@uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

1. November 3, 2015 – NIST NICE Conference 2015, San Diego, CA
Presentation on Cybersecurity entitled “Impact of Cybersecurity Education in High Schools and Small Business Community in Hawaii

2. October 23, 2015 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2015, Washington, DC
Showcase booth session for cybersecurity projects at UHMC under ATE grant

3. October 14, 2015 – Kalama Intermediate C.A.R.E.S. Parent Education Night
Presentation on CyberSecuring your Home
at Kalama CARES Cyber Talk (PPT) and Cybersecurity CARES Oct 14 Flyer (Overview)

4. October 1, 2015ACM SIGITE/RIIT 2015 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Presentation on Evolution of Cybesecurity in Small Businesses in HI

  • June 18 – 19 – Community College Cyber Summit (3CS 2015) at College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Presentation on High School Cybersecurity Education in HI
  • June 15 – 17 – Colloquium for Information Security Education (CISSE 2015) at JW Marriott Resort, Las Vegas, NV.
    Presentation on Impact of Cybersecurity Education on Small Businesses in HI
  • June 6, 2015 – Hawaii Credit Union League – Crime & Your Credit Union Workshop at the J.W. Cameron Center, Wailuku
    Presentation on Cybersecurity and Small Business
  • April 17 and 18, 2015 – Hawaii STEM Conference 2015, Wailea Marriott
    Cybersecurity Breakout Session – Introduction to Ethical Hacking

Cybersecurity Jobs


For a great analysis on Cybersecurity jobs in 2015, check out the report from Burning Glass!

There is a severe shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, according to an International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium survey of more than 12,000 information security professionals from around the world. The survey found that 56 percent of respondents said their organizations are short-staffed. Among the study’s notable findings, communication skills was the second most commonly cited factor for success, cited by 91 percent, right behind “a broad understanding of the security field,” and leadership skills were mentioned by 68 percent of respondents. “I think there’s an understanding–not only on the part of professionals in this industry but also on the part of hiring managers–that a really good information security professional not only has the technical knowledge but also has a desire to stay on top of their field and have those broad managerial skills,” says the consortium’s Julie Peeler. Security certifications are viewed as a reliable indicator of competency when hiring, cited by nearly 70 percent. The average annual salary is $101,014 and is 33 percent higher than the average annual salary of those without the certification. The number of security professionals is expected to rise steadily around the globe by more than 11 percent annually over the next five years. View Full Article!

IT Certifications!

Which IT certifications pay the most? According to new data from Foote Partners, the following saw median pay premiums increase significantly over the past year:

  • Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (16 percent)
  • Open Group Master Architect (16 percent)
  • Program Management Professional (16 percent)
  • Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist (15 percent)
  • TOGAF 9 (15 percent)…View Full Article!


Partial support for the cybersecurity research projects in the ABIT program was provided by the following National Science Foundation grants:
– Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1204904
– Scholarship for Service (SFS) program under Award No. 1437514
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions
or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarilyreflect the views of the National Science Foundation. University of Hawaii Maui College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.