Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCER)

The University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) through academic year 2024 for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) Degree. For details about the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) click here.

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, JD, DBA
Director of CCER, NSA CAE Point of Contact
Assistant Professor
Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT)
808.984.3619 or debasisb at hawaii dot edu
Kaaike 114 (map)
@uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

Prof. Daniel Kruse, MSCS
Asst. Director of CCER and NSA CAE Alternate Point of Contact
Associate Professor
Information and Computer Science (ICS)
808.984.3324 or
Kaaike 213

Deborah McNulty, JD
Center Coordinator
808.984.3720 or
KAA 114

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
Kaaike 212

Dr. Theodore Chiasson, PhD
Information and Computer Science (ICS) Program
808.984.3388 or
Kaaike 214

Mrs. Priscilla Lopez, MS
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

UHMC is a member of the following national centers for cybersecurity education.

  • National Cyberwatch Center (NCC)
  • Cyberwatch West (CWW)

CWW provides excellent information on resources and opportunities:

  • Cybersecurity Scholarships and Awards
  • Cybersecurity Internships
  • Online Cybersecurity Training and Education
  • Cybersecurity Career Pathways

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)

  • 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)

#CSP4HI – NSF ATE Award for Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Training!

In 2017, the University of Hawaii Maui College was 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!

Upcoming Presentations, Workshops and Conferences

  1. ATE PI Virtual Conference, Washington DC, October 21-23, 2020. Details.
  2. ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS). November 9-13, 2020. Details.
  3. NICE Online Conference and Expo. November 16-18, 2020. Details.
  4. CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium, November 19-20, 2020. Details.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii. Virtual STEM Camp August 15, 2020. Presentation – 10 Principles Handout – Lock Picking Primer

Hacking 4 Recovery, August 10-14, 2020. 5 day workshop for local entrepreneurs using the Lean Launchpad Model. Details here.

HI-TEC 2020 Transformed, July 29-30, 2020. Introduction to Bitcoins, Blockchains and Smart Contracts. PDF here!

HI DoE Teacher Workshop – Cybersecurity Trends & Defenses. July 23, 2020. Google Presentation PDF Link!

HI DoE Teacher Workshop – 5G, Edge Computing and Quantum Computing. June 18, 2020. Google Presentation here!

UHMC Faculty Workshop – 5G, Edge Computing and Quantum Computing. May 20, 2020. Google Presentation (requires UH ID) here!

UHMC Faculty and Staff Presentation – Cybersecurity Trends and Defenses – What You Can Do About It? April 3, 2020. Google Presentation (requires UH ID) here!

NSF ATE PI Conference, Washington DC, October 23-25, 2019. Breakfast Roundtable – Fundamentals of Computer Vision and Deep Learning and Demo Presentation – Teaching Blockchains and Smart Contracts

HI-TEC 2019, St. Louis, MO, July 24-25, 2019. Teaching AI, IoT, Robots in Classrooms

3CS 2019, Bossier Parish, LA, July 30-August 1, 2019. Workshop on Bitcoins, Blockchain, Smart Contracts and DApps.

Summer Working Connections, Collin College, Frisco, TX, July 8-12, 2019. Workshop in Bitcoins, Blockchain, Smart Contracts and DApps. Details

CAE Tech Talk, May 16, 2019. Security Issues with Cryptocurrency and Blockchains

National CyberWatch Center WebCast, March 28, 2019. Cybersecurity Across the Curricula.

ICICT 2019, Kahului, Maui, HI, March 14-15, 2019. Details. Local Organization of Global IEEE conference.

SIGCSE 2019. Minneapolis, MN, February 27-March 2, 2019. Details. Workshop #108 on Smart Contracts Using Solidity – PPTX Downloads – Module 1; Module 2; Module 3; Module 4; Lab Assignment

2019 Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, HI, January 7, 2019. Using RPP to Implement CS Education in K-12

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, hospitality and tourism, nursing, electronics and criminal justice.

Foundational content from the NSF C5 Project.

  1. All Disciplines – Cybersecurity Principles (All Units) content
  2. All Disciplines – Cybersecurity and Society (Unit 1, 2 and Ethics Case in Unit 3) content
  3. Business, Criminal Justice – Cyber Threats and Countermeasures (Unit 1 and 2) content
  4. Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources – Securing Data from Risk (Unit 1) content
  5. Electronics and Engineering – Responsible Software Development (Unit 1 and 2) content

Target Programs and Course Syllabi. These sample syllabi provide examples of how cybersecurity topics can be inserted into existing courses and programs in many colleges.

  1. Accounting – ACC 124 – Principles of Accounting I – Sample Syllabus
  2. Administration of Justice – AJ 221 – Criminal Law – Sample Syllabus
  3. Electronics – ETRO 305 – Engineering Computing – Sample Syllabus
  4. Hospitality and Tourism – HOST 100 – Career and Customer Service Skills – Sample Syllabus
  5. Nursing – NURS 211 – Professionalism in Nursing I – Sample Syllabus

Custom Cybersecurity Content across Disciplines. Sample content provides examples of how cybersecurity can be inserted into existing courses and academic programs.

  1. All programs – Topic: Introduction to Cybersecurity (Dated: May 2018) – Cybersecurity Update May 2018
  2. Accounting – Topic: Internal Controls and Data Security – ACC 124 – Sample Content
  3. Accounting – Topic: Intro to Cryptocurrencies (Dated: May 2018) – Introduction to Cryptocurrencies
  4. Accounting: Intro to Blockchains and Accounting – ACC 201 – Blockchain and Accounting
  5. Finance: Intro to Blockchains (Dated: May 2018) – Intro to Blockchains
  6. Accounting and Finance: Intro Cryptocurrency Monero (Dated: May 2018) – Monero
  7. Hospitality – Topic: Cybercrime Checks into Hotels – HOST 100 – Basic Security Concepts
  8. Nursing – Topic: Health Informatics and Health Care Law – NURS 211 – Learning Guide – Health Informatics and NURS 211 – Learning Guide – Health Care Law

Case studies by students from UH Maui College and University of Houston. These sample case studies can be used as potential assignments for students across disciplines.

  1. Hospitality and Tourism –  Digital Keys in Hotels (Canul, M., & Knight, S., 2018) Case Study
  2. Hospitality and Tourism – Perimeter and Physical Security in Hotels (Sanchez, O., 2018) Case Study
  3. Business, Electronics, Healthcare – Business and Security of Medical Wearables (Bhattacharya, K., 2018) Case Study
  4. Healthcare, Nursing, Business – Security Hygiene in Small Medical Practices (Lopez-Osako, L., 2018) Case Study
  5. Healthcare – Common Security Vulnerabilities in Remote Patient Monitoring Systems (Sampaio, J., 2019) Case Study
  6. Business, Social Science, Education – Online Safety for Young Teens (Bailey, C., 2019) Case Study
  7. Administration of Justice – Digital Forensics in Small Police Departments (Akay, P., 2018) Case Study and Sample Survey

Lab Assignments, created by students from UH Maui College. These samples can be used as potential lab assignments for students across disciplines. Note that these labs involve minimal background in cybersecurity.

  1. Hospitality and Tourism (Knight, S., 2018) – Sentiment Analysis
  2. Healthcare (Canul, M., 2018) – Medical Imaging
  3. Business and Accounting (Canul, M., 2018) – Smart Contracts
  4. Criminal Justice (Canul, M., & Knight, S., 2018) – Digital Forensics Mini-Lab 

Bhattacharya, D., Lopez-Osako, L., & Bhattacharya, K.L. (2018). Teaching Cybersecurity Across The Disciplines. Link to HI-TEC 2018 Proceedings and Presentation.

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>

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. November 8-9, 2018 – CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium, Miami, FL. CyberSecurity4All –Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines
  2. October 24-26, 2018 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2018, Washington DC. Smart Robots Drones IoT (PPT) and ATE 2018 – Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity
  3. August 2-4, 2018 – 3CS 2018, Portland, OR. Presentation of CyberSecurity4All – Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines
  4. July 25-26, 2018 – HI-TEC Conference, Miami, FL. Presentation on Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – Hi-Tec 2018
  5. June 11-13, 2018 – CISSE 2018, New Orleans, LA. NACE – New Approaches to CyberSec Education
  6. April 10-11, 2018 – Hawaii STEM Conference 2018, Honolulu, HI. Presentation on CyberSecurity Topics
  7. February 21-24, 2018 – SIGCSE 2018, Baltimore, MD. Lightning Talk on Bitcoins, Blockchains and Cybersecurity
  8. February 21, 2018 – NSF CSforALL RPP PI Conference, Baltimore, MD. Presentation on Recruiting Teachers for CSP4Hawaii
  9. 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.
  10. October 24, 2017 – NSF ATE PI Conference, October 24, 2017. Round Table Presentation on Teaching Cybersecurity across the Disciplines.
  11. September 28, 2017 – Interface Hawaii 2017, September 28, 2017. Full Presentation on Bitcoins, Block Chains and Cybersecurity
  12. August 28, 2017 – Molokai High School, Future Fest 2017, August 28, 2017. Handout! Google Hacking Presentation
  13. July 19-20, 2017 – HI-TEC Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – Hi-TEC 2017
  14. June 28-30, 2017 – Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), Largo, MD. Teaching cybersecurity across the disciplines – 3CS 2017
  15. June 20, 2017 – Hawaii Credit Unions Presentation, Wailuku, HI. Presentation – Cybersecurity 2017 – Trends and Updates
  16. May 24-26, 2017 – NAWI and PCATT IT Symposium, Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Cybersecurity4All – Teaching Across Disciplines  Cybersecurity4All – PCATT 2017
  17. May 1-2, 2017 – Hawaii STEM Conference (MEDB), Honolulu, HI. Presentation on Hacking as a career. Handout!
  18. 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

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 TechnoloDebasis headshot med size editedgy (ABIT) baccalaureate program. Dr. Bhattacharya has been working in the software and higher education industry for 32 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, cryptocurrencies, blockchains and machine learning. Dr. Bhattacharya is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of the ACM and the Academy of Management (AoM).

Contact Info:

Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA
Assistant Professor
UH Maui College
debasisb at hawaii dot edu
Kaaike 114 map
@uhmcabit | Linkedin

Principal Investigator:
NSF STEM+C Award No. 173882 and ATE Award No. 1700562


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.