Center for Cyber Security

Five-year academic programs

Cyber Security has become a top priority for government, corporations and institutions, which increasingly rely on technology and the Internet for information, commerce and security purposes. As a result, there is a growing demand for individuals with the appropriate skills set to meet the nation’s cyber security needs.

University of Detroit Mercy has created the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies to serve as a multidisciplinary education and research entity focusing on the best practices in the field. The Center brings together UDM’s strength in criminal justice, security and computer expertise. These disciplines emphasize logic, critical thinking and consideration of moral and ethical issues with high tech aspects and applied approaches of computer information systems and information assurance. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students have the ability to integrate the knowledge and skills of one discipline with those from another discipline.

The Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies plays a key role in the effort to thwart terrorist threats against people, property and in cyberspace. Through research and academic programs, the Center is preparing students with the skills to protect individuals and institutions against cyber attacks and other crimes.

Because of its significant role in addressing cyber crime, UDM received the designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (now called Cyber Security) in 2004. As a designated center of excellence, UDM’s cyber security curriculum complies with specifications of the federal government. The Intelligence Analysis curriculum is also aligned with federal standards for consistency of standards and best practices.

The Center’s state-of-the-art lab encompasses equipment that was specified in collaboration with Ford Motor Company. It includes digital forensics workstations, portable data acquisition devices, threat analysis software, wireless antennae, advanced encryption software and malware debugging software.

Students engage in hands-on activities using sophisticated, specialized tools and technology, including exposure to simulated environments using virtual machine technologies.

As a result, students gain familiarity with the equipment and processes used in the industry to make them highly marketable candidates for jobs.

Activities:
1. Advanced Security research
2. Cyber Security Education
3. Cyber Security service

Interests:
1. Wireless security
2. Virtual Machine Security
3. Digital Forensics
4. Ethical Hacking
5. Incident Response
6. Malware
7. Network technologies