CyberSecurity@UHMC 2018-04-12T19:55:14+00:00


#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!

Press release from the office of Senator Hirono (D-HI). More details about this grant can be found here!

NSA GenCyber Beginners Camp on Maui – June 4-8, 2018

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 University of Hawaii Maui College is excited to announce a Gen Cyber boot camps this summer 2018! The camp is entirely free. Details on Maui Gencyber camp here.

CyberPatriot – Advanced AFA CyberCamp
Camp 18-0101: June 25 – 29, 2018

UHMC is pleased to announce that we will host an Advanced AFA CyberPatriot Cybercamp. The camp is open to students with advanced knowledge of cybersecurity and the CyberPatriot competition. There is no cost to participate in the camp! The dates and times for the camp is June 25-29, 2018 from 0830AM – 1230PM in UHMC Kaaike Bldg Room 108.

For more information about the camp:
CyberPatriot Advanced Camp Information here.
Camp Director: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
808.984.3619 or debasisb at hawaii dot edu

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
808.984.3619 or debasisb at hawaii dot edu
Kaaike 114 (map)
@uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

Recent Presentations
(with support from DoL TAACCCT Round IV Project and the NSF ATE and SFS Program)

Hawaii STEM Conference 2018, Honolulu, HI, April 10-11, 2018. Presentation on CyberSecurity Topics

SIGCSE 2018, Baltimore, MD, February 21-24, 2018. Lightning Talk on Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity

NSF CSforALL RPP PI Conference, Baltimore, MD, February 21, 2018. Presentation on Recruiting Teachers for CSP4Hawaii

Upcoming Presentations, Workshops and Conferences

  1. RSA 2018, San Francisco, CS, April 16-20, 2018. Details.
  2. CISSE 2018, New Orleans, LA, June 11-13, 2018. Details.
  3. HI-TEC 2018, Miami, FL, July 23-26, 2018. Details.
  4. 3CS 2018, Portland, OR, August 2-4, 2018. Details.
  5. Academy of Management (AoM) 2018, Chicago, IL, August 10-14, 2018. Details.

Recent publications
(with support from DoL TAACCCT Round IV Project and the NSF SFS Program)

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>

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

  1. 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.
  2. October 24, 2017 – NSF ATE PI Conference, October 24, 2017. Round Table Presentation on Teaching Cybersecurity across the Disciplines.
  3. September 28, 2017 – Interface Hawaii 2017, September 28, 2017. Full Presentation on Bitcoins, Block Chains and Cybersecurity
  4. August 28, 2017 – Molokai High School, Future Fest 2017, August 28, 2017. Handout! Google Hacking Presentation
  5. July 19-20, 2017 – HI-TEC Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – Hi-TEC 2017
  6. June 28-30, 2017 – Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), Largo, MD. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – 3CS 2017
  7. June 20, 2017 – Hawaii Credit Unions Presentation, Wailuku, HI. Presentation – Cybersecurity 2017 – Trends and Updates
  8. May 24-26, 2017 – NAWI and PCATT IT Symposium, Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Cybersecurity4All – Teaching Across Disciplines  Cybersecurity4All – PCATT 2017
  9. May 1-2, 2017 – Hawaii STEM Conference (MEDB), Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Hacking as a career. Handout!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. December 1, 2016 – MEDB – Microsoft Digi Camp – Kihei, HI.
    Presentation on Technology Futures for Middle School Kids by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
  13. 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
  14. September 15-16, 2016 – NSA GenCyber Project Directors Meeting, Boston, MA.
    Presentation and booth display on UHMC GenCyber Camp Summer 2016
  15. July 26-27, 2016HI-TEC Exchange Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
    Presentation on Teaching cybersecurity – Using USB Rubber Ducky and BLE Beacons by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
  16. July 22-24, 2016 – 3CS – Community College Cyber Summit 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.
    Presentation on Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. April 7, 2016 – Faculty Workshop at UHMC. Cybersecurity for your Life, Work and Home. Presentation Link – UHMC Faculty Training Cyber Talk April 7 2016
  20. 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
  21. October 23, 2015 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2015, Washington, DC
    Showcase booth session for cybersecurity projects at UHMC under ATE grant
  22. 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)
  23. 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

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, 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 (Devāśiṣ Bhaṭṭācārya, দেবাশীষ ভট্টাচার্য, देवाशीष भट्टाचार्य) 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 30 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. Read Bio here.

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:

– 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.