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



For more information on CyberPatriot IX, click here!

Key Dates

  1. Team Registration Closes on October 5, 2016!
  2. Practice Round (HS and Middle Schools) – October 11-25, 2016
  3. Qualification Round 1 (HS and Middle Schools) – November 11-13, 2016
  4. Qualification Round 2 (HS and Middle Schools) – December 9-11, 2016

Current List of Registered Teams as of 9/22/2016, see this PDF.

Upcoming Summer Camp!

GenCyber 2017 – Two concurrent, separate student camps – Beginner and Intermediate

Tentative Dates: June 5 – 9, 2017 at UH Maui College, Maui

Cyber Defense Boot Camp for Middle and High School Students in Maui County. Tentative dates for Summer 2017 camp, assuming UHMC obtains funds from the NSA to host GenCyber!


The GenCyber program (supported by National Security Agency and National Science Foundation) was developed with the goal of facilitating cyber security education growth and attracting and recruiting college bound students to the field of cyber security. The program provides cyber security awareness and education to students K-12, cyber security teaching methodologies for computer science teachers, and establishes resources for both the cyber security teaching and learning curricula.

Recent Presentations

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

Upcoming Presentations, Workshops and Conferences

  1. NIST NICE 2016 Conference, Kansas City, MO, November 1-2 2016
  2. ACM ACSAC, Los Angeles, CA, December 5-9, 2016
  3. HICSS-50 Conference, Waikaloa, HI, January 4-7, 2017

Recent publications 

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

Bhattacharya, D., & Nakama, D. A. (2015). Evolution of Information Security Issues in Small Businesses. National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, 2 (3), pages 31-44. Link to Journal

Bhattacharya, D. (2015). Evolution of Cybersecurity Issues in Small Businesses. RIIT Lightning Talk. Proceedings of the 4th Annual ACM Conference on Research in Information Technology, pages 11-11. doi> 10.1145/2808062.2808063 Full text: PDFPDF

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. April 7, 2016 – Faculty Workshop at UHMC. Cybersecurity for your Life, Work and Home. Presentation Link – UHMC Faculty Training Cyber Talk April 7 2016
  4. 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
  5. October 23, 2015 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2015, Washington, DC
    Showcase booth session for cybersecurity projects at UHMC under ATE grant
  6. 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)
  7. October 1, 2015ACM SIGITE/RIIT 2015 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    Presentation on Evolution of Cybesecurity in Small Businesses in HI

  1. Confidentiality
  2. Integrity
  3. Availability

Fundamental Security Design Principles

  1. Encapsulation
  2. Fail Safe Defaults / Fail Secure
  3. Isolation
  4. Layering
  5. Least Astonishment
  6. Least Privilege
  7. Minimization (of implementation)
  8. Modularity
  9. Open Design
  10. Separation (of domains)
  11. Simplicity (of design)
  12. Usability

For more details on design of information security, check out this paper

Applied Business and Information Technology Program (ABIT) program

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.

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!

For details on the certificate, check out…Cyber Security Program Worksheet 2016-2017

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

Certificate of Competence (CO) in Information Security (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 Achievement (CA) in Information Security (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 EC-Council CHFI
  • ENG 100 (or higher) – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • MATH 103 (or higher) – College Algebra (3 credits)

Other Courses at UHMC that are required for Cybersecurity Education!

  • ICS 110 – Introduction to Programming (3 credits)
  • ICS 111 – Introduction to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • ICS 200 – Web Technology (or Web Programming, 3 credits)
  • ICS 319 – Operating Systems (3 credits)
  • ICS 360 – Database Design and Development (3 credits)
  • BUS 310 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions (3 credits)

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). All courses above are mapped to Knowledge Units (KUs) published by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program. More details of the program and KUs can be found here.

  • 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!

Faculty Bio: 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 TechnoloDebasis headshot med size editedgy (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.

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


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
– Scholarship for Service (SFS) program under Award No. 1516178
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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.