Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, Data Science and AI

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Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCER)

The University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) has achieved the distinguished status of a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) through the academic year 2024. This prestigious designation has been awarded in recognition of the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) Degree program. Details about the ABIT BAS here. This acknowledgment serves to highlight UHMC's commitment to excellence in cultivating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. For details about the CAE in Cybersecurity Community click here.

The Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCER) was inaugurated at the University of Hawaii Maui College in 2015, with the objective of furnishing the local residents and students with comprehensive cybersecurity education, training, and advisory services. The CCER's mission is to deliver expert cybersecurity guidance, training, and workforce development initiatives to the community at large, including K-12 students and educators, in addition to the student body of UHMC. Present research endeavors at the CCER encompass the application of advanced methodologies in data science and artificial intelligence to address the distinct challenges posed by cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

 

Points of Contact:
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA
Director of CCER
NCAE-C Point of Contact
Associate Professor
Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT)
808.984.3619 or debasisb at hawaii dot edu
Kaaike 114 (map)
@uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

Key Information Security Information from UH ITS

  • UH ITS Help Desk, available 24x7x365 - Check here
  • UH ITS Internal Cybersecurity news - Check here
  • Latest External Cybersecurity News from CISA - Check here
  • Students – Check here for important information
  • Faculty and Staff – Check here!
  • Information on UH Security Policies, Personal Identifiable Information etc. – here
  • For key security hygiene, resources and awareness, check here
  • For the current list of Security Alerts with UH, check here

Latest News! UH among 15 colleges to launch Cybersecurity Clinics

Beginning in January 2025, the University of Hawaiʻi Cybersecurity Clinics will offer a free online course in introductory cybersecurity topics to 500 UH students over five years. It will provide information and access to internships and career opportunities in cybersecurity. UH faculty will work with the students and provide mentoring and guidance through the process.

UH was selected to receive $1 million in grant funding and wraparound support from Google’s Cybersecurity Clinics Fund to establish the University of Hawaiʻi Cybersecurity Clinics. It is one of 15 new clinics set to launch at higher education institutions across the country, thanks to a collaboration between Google and the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cybersecurity Clinics will be primarily based at UH Maui College but will collaborate with other campuses throughout the UH System. The project will also work with various organizations across the state, such as the CIO Council and local employers, to train workers to secure the critical infrastructure in Hawaiʻi.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya at debasisb at hawaii dot edu

NSF ATE Award (#2300867) 
Cyber Data Analytics Education, Curriculum, and Workforce Development

The University of Hawaii Maui College has recently been awarded a $650K grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program to develop a pathway to train cyber security technicians in data analytics and AI. Details here!

Presentations, Workshops and Conferences

Faculty Bio: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya (Debāśiṣ Bhaṭṭāchārya, দেবাশীষ ভট্টাচার্য, देवाशीष भट्टाचार्य) serves as a faculty member with tenure at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, where he also holds the position of Program Coordinator for the Applied Business and Information Technology Baccalaureate Program. Bringing over three decades of combined expertise in software development and higher education, Dr. Bhattacharya’s career encompasses significant roles at leading technology firms, including Oracle and Microsoft, spanning a period of 15 years. Since relocating to Hawaii in 2002, his research has been focused on addressing the information security challenges faced by small to medium-sized enterprises, a pursuit that began in earnest in 2008. His firsthand experience as a former small business owner grants him a unique perspective on the critical importance of information security and the operational challenges inherent in maintaining a thriving enterprise.

Dr. Bhattacharya’s academic credentials include degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, the University of Phoenix, and the NW California University School of Law. His research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, covering areas such as computer science education, cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Bhattacharya is a Senior Member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), as well as a member of the Academy of Management (AoM). This blend of practical experience, academic achievement, and professional affiliation underscores his contribution to the field and commitment to advancing the intersection of technology and business.

Contact Info:Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA
Associate Professor
UH Maui College
808.984.3619
debasisb at hawaii dot edu
Kaaike 114 map
@uhmcabit | Linkedin

 


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Partial support for this work was provided by the following National Science Foundation grants:

Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 2300867
–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
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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.