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 2015, 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.
Points of Contact:
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, DBA, JD
Director of CCER, NSA CAE Point of Contact
Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT)
808.984.3619 or debasisb at hawaii dot edu
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Prof. Daniel Kruse, MSCS
Asst. Director of CCER and NSA CAE Alternate Point of Contact
Information and Computer Science (ICS)
808.984.3324 or email@example.com
Deborah McNulty, JD
808.984.3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Elisabeth Dubuit, PhD
Coordinator for Cybersecurity Certificates
Instructor and Program Coordinator
Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) and
Engineering Technology (ENGT)
808.984.3706 or email@example.com
Dr. Theodore Chiasson, PhD
Information and Computer Science (ICS) Program
808.984.3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Priscilla Lopez, M.S.
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
Boris Bogaczewicz, MBA, MSIS
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
Key Information Security Information from UH ITS
- Students – Check here for important information
- Faculty and Staff – Check here!
- Information on UH Security Policies, Personal Identifiable Information etc. – here
- For key security tips and guidance, check here
- For the current list of Security Alerts with UH, check here
Cybersecurity Activities for Students
UHMC is a member of the following national centers for cybersecurity education.
CWW provides excellent information on resources and opportunities:
- Cybersecurity Scholarships and Awards
- Cybersecurity Internships
- Online Cybersecurity Training and Education
- Cybersecurity Career Paths
Internal Cybersecurity News for Students
UHMC provides cybersecurity clubs, competitions and resources for students.
Contact Dr. Bhattacharya for more information.
- Cyber Hui or Cyber Club at UHMC (Hui)
- National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCC NCSA)
- NSA GenCyber – Summer Student Workshop (UHMC GenCyber)
- National Cyber League Competition (NCL)
- National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC)
External Cybersecurity News for Students
- US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
- SANS Internet Storm Center (SANS)
- Hawaii Cyber Safety Awareness (Hawaii)
- InfraGard Hawaii Chapter (InfraGard HI)
Cybersecurity Resources for Students
For the latest cybersecurity resources, check out the following links:
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- NSA GenCyber (NSA GenCyber)
- NIST NICE Cybersecurity Framework (NIST NICE)
- IT Cybersecurity jobs via Indeed (Jobs)
Applied Business and Information Technology Program (ABIT) BAS degree program
The ABIT BAS program within UHMC provides student with the latest access to cybersecurity education.
The pathway for the NSA CAE CDE includes the following five courses:
- ICS 169 – Introduction to Information Security (3 credits)
- ICS 320 – Introduction to Information Systems and E-Commerce (3 credits)
- ICS 360 – Database Design and Development (3 credits)
- ICS 385 – Web Development and Administration (3 credits)
- ICS 418 – Systems Analysis and Design(3 credits)
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.
Certificate of Competence (CO) in Information Security (12 credits):
(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 Achievement (CA) in Information Security (24 credits):
(All 4 courses required in the above Certificate of Competence, plus 4 below)
National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program
UHMC supports the cybersecurity education and academic guidelines from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Select courses from the ABIT program are mapped to Knowledge Units (KUs) published by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program.
#CSP4HI – NSF ATE Award for Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Training!
The University of Hawaii Maui College was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) for extended training of students and teachers in the basics of cybersecurity education. This ATE grant is a successor to an earlier grant received by UHMC in 2011. Check out #CSP4HI here!
Upcoming Presentations, Workshops and Conferences
- Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January 5-8, 2019. Details.
- RESPECT 2019. Minneapolis, MN, February 27, 2019. Details.
- SIGCSE 2019. Minneapolis, MN, February 27-March 2, 2019. Details.
Recent Presentations from the CCER
(with support from the NSF ATE and SFS Program)
2018 CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium, Miami, FL, November 8-9, 2018. CyberSecurity4All – Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines
NST ATE PI Conference 2018, Washington DC, October 24-26, 2018. Smart Robots Drones IoT (PPT) and ATE 2018 – Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity
3CS 2018, Portland, OR, August 2-4, 2018. Presentation of CyberSecurity4All – Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines
HI-TEC 2018, Miami, FL, July 23-26, 2018. Presentation on Teaching Cybersecurity Across The Disciplines. Hi-Tec 2018
CISSE 2018, New Orleans, LA, June 11-13, 2018. Presentation on New Approaches to Cybersecurity Education – NACE
Cybersecurity across the disciplines – Sample Content and Case Studies!
At the University of Hawaii Maui College, several programs are involved in teaching cybersecurity topics and modules to a broad spectrum of students. These programs include, but are not limited to, accounting, business, hospitality and tourism, healthcare, HR, electronics and criminal justice.
Foundational content from the NSF C5 Project. Please select content that is relevant for the discipline.
- All Disciplines – Cybersecurity Principles (All Units) content
- All Disciplines – Cybersecurity and Society (Unit 1, 2 and Ethics Case in Unit 3) content
- Business, Criminal Justice – Cyber Threats and Countermeasures (Unit 1 and 2) content
- Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources – Securing Data from Risk (Unit 1) content
- Electronics and Engineering – Responsible Software Development (Unit 1 and 2) content
Case studies by students from UH Maui College and University of Houston
- Hospitality and Tourism – Digital Keys in Hotels (Canul, M., & Knight, S.) Case Study
- Business, Electronics, Healthcare – Medical Wearables (Bhattacharya, K.) Case Study
- Healthcare, Nursing, Business – Malware in Healthcare (Lopez-Osako, L.) Case Study
Nifty Assignments, created by students from UH Maui College
- Hospitality and Tourism – Nifty Assignment – Sentiment Analysis
- Healthcare – Nifty Assignment – Medical Imaging
- Business and Accounting – Nifty Assignment – Smart Contracts
Recent publications and presentations
(with support from DoL TAACCCT Round IV Project and the NSF ATE and SFS Program)
Bhattacharya, D. (2018). Lightning Talk: Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity: Teaching Emerging Technologies in the Classroom. Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. Doi> 10.1145/3159450.3162213
Bhattacharya, D., Canul, M., & Knight, S. (2017). Case Study: Impact of the Physical Web and BLE Beacons. Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Doi> http://hdl.handle.net/10125/41676
Bhattacharya, D. (2016). Teaching Cybersecurity across the Disciplines. 2016 HI-TEC Proceedings E-Book – Best Practices for Technician Education. Link to HI-TEC 2016 Proceedings.
Bhattacharya, D., Canul, M., & Knight, S. (2016). Impact of the Physical Web and BLE Beacons. RIIT Lightning Talk. Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Conference on Research in Information Technology, pages 53-53. doi> 10.1145/2978178.2978179
- April 10-11, 2018 – Hawaii STEM Conference 2018, Honolulu, HI. Presentation on CyberSecurity Topics
- February 21-24, 2018 – SIGCSE 2018, Baltimore, MD. Lightning Talk on Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity
- February 21, 2018 – NSF CSforALL RPP PI Conference, Baltimore, MD. Presentation on Recruiting Teachers for CSP4Hawaii
- December 6-8, 2017 – Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, Orlando, FL, December 6-8, 2017. Lightning Talk on Deployment of BLE Beacons in Educational Settings.
- October 24, 2017 – NSF ATE PI Conference, October 24, 2017. Round Table Presentation on Teaching Cybersecurity across the Disciplines.
- September 28, 2017 – Interface Hawaii 2017, September 28, 2017. Full Presentation on Bitcoins, Block Chains and Cybersecurity
- August 28, 2017 – Molokai High School, Future Fest 2017, August 28, 2017. Handout! Google Hacking Presentation
- July 19-20, 2017 – HI-TEC Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – Hi-TEC 2017
- June 28-30, 2017 – Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), Largo, MD. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – 3CS 2017
- June 20, 2017 – Hawaii Credit Unions Presentation, Wailuku, HI. Presentation – Cybersecurity 2017 – Trends and Updates
- May 24-26, 2017 – NAWI and PCATT IT Symposium, Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Cybersecurity4All – Teaching Across Disciplines Cybersecurity4All – PCATT 2017
- May 1-2, 2017 – Hawaii STEM Conference (MEDB), Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Hacking as a career. Handout!
- January 4-7, 2017 – HICSS-50 Conference, Waikoloa, HI. Presentation on Impact of the Physical Web and Beacons by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, Mario Canul and Saxon Knight
- December 5-9, 2016 – ACM ACSAC, Los Angeles, CA.
Presentation on Impact on Physical Web and BLE Beacons by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, Mario Canul and Saxon Knight
- December 1, 2016 – MEDB – Microsoft Digi Camp – Kihei, HI.
Presentation on Technology Futures for Middle School Kids by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
- September 28 – October 1, 2016. ACM SIGITE/RIIT Conference, Boston, MA.
Lightning Talk on Impact of Physical Web and BLE Beacons by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
- September 15-16, 2016 – NSA GenCyber Project Directors Meeting, Boston, MA.
Presentation and booth display on UHMC GenCyber Camp Summer 2016
- July 26-27, 2016 – HI-TEC Exchange Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Presentation on Teaching cybersecurity – Using USB Rubber Ducky and BLE Beacons by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
- July 22-24, 2016 – 3CS – Community College Cyber Summit 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.
Presentation on Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
- May 19, 2016 – Talk on IoT: Impact of the Physical Web and BLE Beacons is here. #PCATT IT Symposium (link) at Honolulu CC, Oahu, HI
- Boy Scouts of America – Troop 40 – Cybersecurity for all of us
April 14, 2016. Flyer and Outline – BSA Troop 40 – Cybersecurity Flyer
Presentation (PDF) – BSA Troop 40 – Cybersecurity Presentation
- April 7, 2016 – Faculty Workshop at UHMC. Cybersecurity for your Life, Work and Home. Presentation Link – UHMC Faculty Training Cyber Talk April 7 2016
- 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“
- October 23, 2015 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2015, Washington, DC
Showcase booth session for cybersecurity projects at UHMC under ATE grant
- 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)
- October 1, 2015 – ACM SIGITE/RIIT 2015 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Presentation on Evolution of Cybesecurity in Small Businesses in HI. doi>10.1145/2808062.2808063
- June 18 – 19, 2016 – 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, 2016 – 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
Faculty Bio: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya (Debāśiṣ Bhaṭṭāchārya, দেবাশীষ ভট্টাচার্য, देवाशीष भट्टाचार्य) is currently a tenured 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 30 years, having worked for large corporations such as Oracle and Microsoft for 15 years. 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. Research interests include computer science education, cybersecurity, crypto currencies and deep learning. Read Bio here.
Principal Investigator (NSF ATE Award No. 1700562):
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA
UH Maui College
debasisb at hawaii dot edu
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Partial support for this work was provided by the following National Science Foundation grants:
– STEM + Computing (STEM+C) program under Award No. 1738824
– Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1700562
– Scholarship for Service (SFS) program under Award No. 1437514
– Scholarship for Service (SFS) program under Award No. 1516178
– Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1204904
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions 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.