Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCER)

The Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCER) was established at the University of Hawaii Maui College in 2012, to provide the local community and students with cybersecurity education, training and guidance. The mission of CCER is to provide cybersecurity guidance, training and workforce development activities to the local community, K-12 students and teachers, as well as students enrolled at UHMC.

Director: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
Location: Ka’a’ike Building, Room 220

Upcoming and recent presentations by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya

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

Speaker Bio: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawai’i MaDebasisB - Photoui College, and program coordinator for the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) baccalaureate program. Dr. Bhattacharya has been working in the software industry for 27 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.

Contact Info:
debasisb at hawaii dot edu | 808 984 3619 | @uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

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 and over the WWW.

This certificate is part of the ECET program at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Online Distance Learning all on the WWW

Fees: $120 per credit for Hawaii residents, $328 per credit for non-residents, 3 credit course

Registration for UHMC: Register online here!

Instructor: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA (debasisb at hawaii dot edu) @uhmcabit

Certificate of Competence (CO) in Cybersecurity (12 credits, available now!):

(All courses are taught completely online via the WWW)

ICS 101 – Digital Tools for an Information World (3 credits)…introduction to digital technology.

ICS 169 – Introduction to Information Security (3 credits)…covers 10 core areas of ISC2

ICS 184 – Introduction to Networking (3 credits)…covers CompTIA Network+

ICS 171 – Introduction to Computer Security (3 credits)…covers CompTIA Security+

Certificate of Assurance (CA) in Cybersecurity (24 credits, starting Fall 2016):

(All 4 courses required in the above Certificate of Competence, plus 4 below)

ICS 281 – Ethical Hacking (3 credits)…covers EC-Council CEH

ICS 282 – Digital Forensics (3 credits)…covers Access Data’s Forensic Toolkit

ENG 100 – English Composition I (3 credits) or equivalent

MATH 103 – College Algebra (3 credits) or equivalent

Past Presentations by Dr. Bhattacharya

  • 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

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
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!


Partial support for this work 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
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or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. University of Hawaii Maui College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.