Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies

Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies

A Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

The Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies (Center) provides the education, experience and resources essential to cultivate effective leaders in today's digitally dependent world. University of Detroit Mercy has been a National Security Agency/U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Center of Academic Excellence for the past decade. The Center combines University of Detroit Mercy's strength in software management, criminal justice and computer expertise with its liberal arts foundations. It builds cybersecurity professionals who are guided by logic, critical thinking and ethics.

Based on its publication and service record, University of Detroit Mercy is pre-eminent in a critical area of national academic interest — the study of secure software development and acquisition and ICT supply chain assurance. Traditional protection of electronic information requires knowledge of networking and operating system security, as characterized in the NICE (2.0) specialty areas of Operate and Maintain and Protect and Defend. Like all other CAEs, Detroit Mercy incorporates the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) from those areas into its academic program. However, because the old CNSS standards did not specifically call out the KSAs of the specialty areas of Securely Provision, those important KSAs are rarely found in a CAE curriculum. In that respect, Detroit Mercy is uniquely distinctive among CAEs by virtue of its well-documented history of excellence in software engineering education.

Secure Software Assurance, a Unique Student Product

The origins of software engineering in higher education can be traced to a Fall 1987 conference held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. University of Detroit Mercy attended that conference and thus was one of the original 11 software engineering schools cited in SEI’s report. In the succeeding 20 years, the principles and methods of the discipline of software engineering were adapted to address an emerging crisis in exploitable code that threatens the entire electronic infrastructure of this country.

Because University of Detroit Mercy has always been in the forefront of the field of software engineering, its teaching program has been at the leading edge of that discipline while at the same time University of Detroit Mercy was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) in 2004. Consequently, along with traditional cybersecurity knowledge, Detroit Mercy students also have a specialized capability in the principles and processes of secure software development, sustainment and acquisition (NICE 2.0-specialty area Securely Provision). In addition to having in place a unified curricula that incorporates this valuable knowledge, University of Detroit Mercy faculty have shaped the software assurance profession by providing two of the five authors of the Common Body of Knowledge to Secure Software (DHS, 2008) as well as co-chairing the DHS Workforce Education and Training Working Group (WET/WG) for the Software and Supply Chain Assurance initiative. Furthermore, Detroit Mercy is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for 2017-2021.

Detroit Mercy helped the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) develop the initial educational content and a pedagogy for ICT supply chain risk management in 2012. As a result, it is essentially the only university besides the National Defense University that has a regular course in supply chain risk management. This particular expertise is a unique feature of our program. So, besides conventionally skilled graduates the SFS Program will produce specialists in ICT acquisition.

Value to the Nation and Community

Founded in 2004, the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies celebrates a decade of evolving excellence through the embodiment of our teaching in graduates who have gone on to work for Federal security agencies, Fortune 500 companies and not for profit organizations. In addition, our leading edge cybersecurity lab provides dual value by providing our students with the tools to help law enforcement recover and validate through digital forensics.


Goals & Unique Features of the Center

Following the goals for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the Center provides education, advanced security research and service to:

  1. To advance the cybersecurity capabilities of the workforce within the Detroit Mercy service region as well as nationally; especially in Secure Software development and acquisition and Supply Chain Assurance (SSCA), a major Department of Homeland Security / Department of Defense (DHS/DoD) initiative.
  2. To increase the number of highly educated, digitally literate citizens within underrepresented people and veterans and to produce professional specialists in areas of critical need from among those groups.
  3. To generate educational, outreach and research activities that will ensure the protection of the critical infrastructure of the United States as a whole.

Secure Acquisition - a Very Unique Program Feature

Most of the technology products utilized by government and industry are acquired rather than developed. And the work that goes into building commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products is outsourced down a supply chain. The national security issue arises from the well-documented fact that organizations in general and the government, in particular, have lost visibility and control over what is going on at the bottom of that chain. Since we build defense systems out of components derived from global sources, it would be an easy matter for an adversary to compromise a purportedly secure system through a third- or fourth-tier off-shore supplier. Thus, the vulnerabilities created by insecure information and communications technology (ICT) supply chains will have to be addressed if we ever want to be certain that our adversaries cannot, destroy power grids, water and sanitary services, Induce mass flooding, release toxic/radioactive materials or bankrupt any business by inserting malicious objects into the (ICT) components that comprise our infrastructure.

Framing Security Centric Integrated Risk Management

Dr. Jayshree Pandya, Founder of Cyber-Security and Strategic Security Risk Research Centers at Risk Group discusses "The Need for Security-Centric Integrated Risk Management Framework" with Professor Daniel Shoemaker, director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance Program.

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    With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, University of Detroit Mercy built the Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies leveraging the collaborative strengths of its Computer & Information Systems and Criminal Justice departments and has the perfect array of programs and curricula to meet the nation’s needs for more cybersecurity professionals.

    University of Detroit Mercy's graduates, in addition to conventional skills, can select the courses to specialize in cybersecurity and intelligence analysis.

    In 2012, the University helped the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) develop the initial educational content and pedagogy for ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. As a result, Detroit Mercy and the National Defense University are the only universities to offer a regular course in supply chain risk management.

    University of Detroit Mercy's program distinction at the graduate level in the area of secure software assurance and ICT Supply chain risk management produces unique graduates, all of whom are singularly qualified in this essential aspect of security.

    University of Detroit Mercy offers the following degree programs:

    Undergraduate Degrees

    Graduate Degrees

    5-year Accelerated Degrees (Bachelor's to Master's)

    Additional Opportunities

    Cybersecurity Lab

    The Center’s state-of-the-art lab equipment 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.

    Study Abroad Program

    Finally, security is a global concern, and we believe that students must understand a range of cultures. Therefore, besides active efforts to involve students in cultures outside of the classroom, Detroit Mercy has previously conducted an annual study abroad program since 1988. The past several years that program was located at London Southbank University, where one of the Detroit Mercy faculty members has a courtesy professorship. The last year was at De Montfort University in Leicester England to give students more in-depth exposure to the mobile computing and cyber-range technology, which was developed there. This international opportunity gives Detroit Mercy students an enhanced view of how they fit into the community of global practice as well as add special value to the large number of disadvantaged students who have participated over the years.

    Alumni & Jobs


    Graduates from University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Information Assurance program are working for many government and Fortune 500 companies including:

    • Department of Defense in the United Kingdom
    • Department of Defense in Washington DC area
    • DTE
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Chrysler Information Assurance
    • EUCOM in Germany
    • FORD
    • GM
    • IRS
    • Private Contractor in Germany
    • Private Contractor in Washington DC area
    • Private Contractor to Department of Defense in Washington DC area
    • Samsung
    • Silicon Valley Private CO
    • TACOM


    Information on job opportunities will be posted below as we receive it.


    Grants & Projects


    Detroit Mercy’s Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies received a contract from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in April 2017 to grow awareness and participation in the National CyberPatriot Program. This funding allows Detroit Mercy to sponsor four summer camps and 80 teams for the 10th National CyberPatriot 2017-2018 season.


    University of Detroit Mercy's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies is the driving force behind the Midwest Chapter of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (MCISSE) CyberPatriot program in Southeast Michigan. Detroit Mercy's financial and volunteer support this year successfully doubled the number of teams able to compete from the State of Michigan. Graduate students from Detroit Mercy's Information Assurance program also provided on-site support to coaches at the participating schools.

    Of the nine teams from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties, one advanced to the platinum round, drawing the attention of Michigan's Governor. Detroit Mercy is especially proud of three teams from Cass Technical High School, the only teams in the open division from the City of Detroit.

    In 2016, Detroit Mercy and MCISSE will be conducting "train the coaches" clinics as well as identifying additional sponsors. University of Detroit Mercy will invest these sponsorship dollars to host a summer camp and other events to grow Michigan's representation in this national competition.


    University of Detroit Mercy faculty also worked under a $100,000 contract with the Institute for Defense Analysis (Fall 2013) to develop an ICT Supply Chain Risk Management course for the National Defense University. One outcome of this effort was that a University of Detroit Mercy faculty member was contracted by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) to teach the first ICT supply chain risk management course to active duty military participants in Europe (Grafenwoehr, Germany, 2013). That same course has been taught as part of the curriculum for the past two years at Detroit Mercy. That distinction makes Detroit Mercy and NDU the first two academic institutions in the country to provide this critical knowledge. In addition, Detroit Mercy has developed and will offer a course in secure acquisition (Spring 2013) based on the faculty member's book published by Cengage publishing. During that project, Detroit Mercy graduate students played a significant role in all phases of the research. In turn, the direct exposure to faculty research helped Detroit Mercy guarantee that its students would be prepared to assume thought leadership in the critical field of secure software.


    University of Detroit Mercy faculty were given a $15,000 grant to work with Cypherpath Inc. (Reston, Virginia) to commercialize and package the comprehensive secure software assurance curriculum for distribution in on-line settings and for targeted training environments.


    University of Detroit Mercy executed a $100,000 contract with the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) a State of Louisiana research center that is located in Bossier City, Louisiana. The work product was a refinement of the comprehensive curriculum for secure software assurance that was developed through the two-year Department of Defense sponsored grant.


    As a result, University of Detroit Mercy's prominence in the field of Secure Software and Supply Chain Assurance Education it obtained a two-year, $1.6 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant to develop pedagogy and teaching material for this newly emerging discipline. University of Detroit Mercy executed that contract through U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) as a subcontractor to Perot Systems/QSS. The aim of this two-year Federal contract was to develop and disseminate the knowledge necessary to ensure that the software that enables America's business and critical infrastructure is safe and secure.


    University of Detroit Mercy executed a contract for NSA at TACOM in the amount of $80,000 (first year) and $140,000 (second year) to do threat modeling for their operational systems. The end product of this research was a UML based map of the threat environment for that installation.


    University of Detroit Mercy jumped to the forefront of the effort to secure America's cyber infrastructure by being designated an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. University of Detroit Mercy became the second institution in the entire upper Midwest to receive that distinction.


    Board Positions Represented by the Center

    Tamara Shoemaker

    • President and Founder of Midwest CISSE Chapter
    • Board of Advisors, Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, Harper Woods Schools College and Career Institute
    • Board of Advisors, Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Farmington Public Schools
    • Board of Advisors, Henry Ford High School
    • Board of Advisors Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program, Southfield High School for Arts & Technology
    • Board of Advisors, Career & Technical Education, Cass Technical High School
    • Board of Advisors, Cyber Security Program and Center, Wayne County Community College District
    • Board of Advisors, Henry Ford College
    • Board of Advisors, Romeo Schools
    • Board Member at Large, InfraGard Michigan Alliance
    • Planning Committee, K-12 Education Committee, Competition Committee for National Initiative Cybersecurity Education at National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • K-12 Curriculum Committee and Leadership in Cybersecurity Committee for the State of Michigan's NGA workshop program
    • Steering Committee, Global Forum

    Daniel Shoemaker

    • Vice President and Founder of Midwest CISSE Chapter
    • Advisory Council member for SecureWorld
    • Board of Advisors for the Cyber Security Program and Center at Wayne County Community College District
    • Steering Committee, Global Forum

    2020 Events

    SecureWorld Detroit - Toronto - Cincinnati Virtual Conference

    Dan Shoemaker will be leading the Executive Roundtable at SecureWorld Detroit - Toronto - Cincinnati Virtual Conference on Thursday,  Oct. 8, 2020.

    Automotive information sharing and analysis center (Auto ISAC)

    Tamara Shoemaker will be speaking at the 2020 AUTO-ISAC VIRTUAL SUMMIT, October 14–15, 2020  

    North American International Cyber Summit

    Tamara Shoemaker will be speaking at the 2020 North American International Cyber Summit Oct. 7-8, 2020.

    Annual Michigan CyberPatriot Award Celebration

    On June 16, 2020 at 6 p.m., LIVE on FACEBOOK, Tamara Shoemaker, founder of the Michigan CyberPatriot program, hosted the 3rd Annual Michigan CyberPatriot Award Celebration, Hosted by, with guest speakers, Lt. Governor Gilchrist, Senator Gary Peters, Alex Farrell Northrup Grumann and Chris Sorensen, GE Power. 19 teams from across Michigan were awarded first, second and third place trophies for each of the three divisions and three levels of play. 

    NICE K-12 Conference

    Tamara Shoemaker invited speaker for the NIST NICE K-12 Competition Committee meeting, May 5, 2020.

    Infragard Board and Committee Member

    Tamara Shoemaker was appointed to the Michigan Infragard Board in May 2020. Shoemaker was also appointed to two of the Three CyberEducation Committees for K-12 Comp-Sci and CyberSecurity, part of the Marshall Plan working with the National Governor's Association grant. Committee on Creating Leaders in Cybersecurity and K-12 Cybersecurity curriculum resources.


    2019 Events

    NICE K-12 Conference

    Tamara Shoemaker Session Speaker with Amanda Stoel Michigan Dept of Education at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) K-12 Conference, Dec. 9, 2019.

    Governor’s Summit

    Tamara Shoemaker and Chris Sorensen were speakers at the Governor’s Summit, Oct 28, 2019.

    MACUL Comp-Sci Conference

    Tamara Shoemaker Exhibitor and Session speaker at Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Comp-Sci Conference, Oct. 25, 2019.

    TRENDS Conference

    Tamara Shoemaker and Ken Sigler '08 spoke at the TRENDS Conference, Oct. 23, 2019. 

    Women 7 Diversity Panel and Cyber Security Education

    Tamara Shoemaker invited speaker on Women 7 Diversity Panel Winnipeg, CA during the Global Forum. Dan Shoemaker was the invited speaker for the state of Cyber Security Education, Oct. 2019.

    SecureWorld Detroit

    Dan Shoemaker and Tamara Shoemaker were session speakers at SecureWorld Detroit, Oct. 2, 2019. 

    Summer Camps 2019

    University of Detroit Mercy/DTE (Detroit), GE Digital (Belleville), ANG Battle Creek, MI, Oakland Co Tech Center, Bay College (Escanaba).

    Tamara Shoemaker appeared on Westland Senior Citizen talk-show ”Friendship Folks” to discuss CyberPatriot’s growth in Michigan and on-line classes at UDM:

    ISACA Detroit meeting

    Tamara Keynote Speaker at ISACA Detroit meeting, Sept. 18, 2019.

    CS4All conference

    Tamara Shoemaker spoke at the Computer Science For All (CS4All) conference in Detroit, June 12, 2019.

    Midwest Infragard Conference

    Center Hosted the Midwest Infragard Conference May 20, 2019. 

    CISO Detroit Summit

    Center Exhibitor at the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Detroit Summit, May 16, 2019.

    MCISSE Annual Michigan CyberPatriot Program Award Celebration

    Midwest Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Chapter (MCISSE) Annual Michigan CyberPatriot Program Award Celebration at University of Detroit Mercy, May 5, 2019. View photos at:

    Michigan State University Interdisciplinary Conference

    The 6th Annual Michigan State University Interdisciplinary Conference on Cybercrime invited Tamara Shoemaker as guest speaker on April 15-16, 2019.

    MSU Cyber Crime Conference

    Tamara Shoemaker spoke at the Michigan State University (MSU) Cyber Crime Conference, Apr. 15, 2019.

    WJR Radio

    Tamara Shoemaker was interviewed for the WJR Radio Interview: Internet Adviser Show, March 16, 2019 and Sept. 2019


    2018 Events

    Michigan CTE Summit

    Michigan CTE Summit at Davenport University, panelist, Dec. 14, 2018.

    NIST-NICE K-12 Conference

    NIST-NICE K-12 Conference San Antonio TX, Dec. 3-4, 2018. Tamara Shoemaker was speaker with Amanda Stoel of the Michigan Department of Education.

    Global Forum Event

    Global Forum: Speaker Copenhagen, Women and Diversity in Cybersecurity and how the CyberPatriot program inspires young women to get into this career field, Nov. 6, 2018.

    Southfield ISD Board of Advisers Meeting

    Tamara Shoemaker was invited guest speaker, Oct 31, 2018.

    Cyber Summit Cobo Center

    Cyber Summit Cobo Center, CyberPatriot Students and Tamara Shoemaker attended and received VIP treatment, showcasing the cybersecurity education happenings in K-12. Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

    CS For All

    Computer Science For All speaker: Oct 9, 2018.

    ISACE Fall Summit

    Invited guest along with the CyberPatriot students from Cass Tech to take part in the Automotive ISACE Fall Summit 2018, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

    Secure World

    Secure World Speakers Sept 13, 2018


    GRRR CON exhibitor, Sept. 2018.

    CISO Detroit Summit

    Tamara Shoemaker was a speaker at the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Detroit Summit, May 16, 2018.

    MCISSE CyberPatriot

    Midwest Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education Chapter (MCISSE) CyberPatriot CON-State level celebration hosted by Tamara Shoemaker at University of Detroit Mercy, May 3, 2018. Photo Link 

    WJR Interview 

    Tamara Shoemaker was interviewed on a WJR Interview, live, March 30, 2018. View podcast episode here.


    2016-17 Events


    We were an exhibitor at GrrCon, attended by Tamara Shoemaker and Greg Laidlaw, Oct. 7, 2017.

    Detroit TEDx

    William Bowen '05 and Tamara Shoemaker exhibited a talk at Detroit TEDx on Oct. 6, 2017.

    TRENDS conference

    Dan and Tamara Shoemaker were invited to speak separately at the TRENDS conference, Dan spoke about Cyber Security education and Tamara Shoemaker spoke about starting a CyberPatriot program in your local school district.

    Funding for 80 Michigan CyberPatriot teams

    We received $20,000 funding from MDEC to pay for registration for 80 Michigan CyberPatriot teams across Michigan.

    Cass Technical High School

    As Chair of the Advisory Board for the CTE Committee at Cass Technical High School, Dan and Tamara Shoemaker held the 2nd Annual Career Event on May 18, 2017 at Cass Tech High School. Alumni from our program taught the students about this exciting career field.

    VEX robot competition

    Tamara Shoemaker was the Head Judge for their annual VEX robot competition in the fall at Cass Tech High School, helping and organizing the other volunteer judges during the weekend.

    Secure World Conference

    Dan and Tamara Shoemaker both spoke at the 2017 Secure World Conference in Dearborn in Sept. in separate sessions. Dan Spoke about the NIST Standards and Tamara spoke about the Michigan CyberPatriot Program. This event is the largest Cyber Security event in the state and each year. Dan Shoemaker and Director Tamara Shoemaker also attended an event in Washington D.C. as members of the “Steering Committee” for the Global Forum.

    WiCyS Conference

    Shoemaker spoke at the competition session Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference in March 2017. The topic was the growth of the Michigan CyberPatriot Program.

    Ann Arbor’s Spark

    Tamara Shoemaker represented academia at the “First Connected Vehicle” meetings at Ann Arbor’s Spark, run by Kristin Judge, CEO of Cybercrime Support Network. People from around the country were bought into this private meeting to discuss socializing cybersecurity as it pertains to vehicles.


    On May 25, Infragard held its Annual Regional Conference on McNichols Campus. Tamara Shoemaker spoke briefly about the Center and our community outreach focusing on increasing the number of students entering STEM careers and how using a CyberPatriot program helps plant that seed.

    CyberPatriot Summer Camps

    First Michigan CyberPatriot Summer camps held at University of Detroit Mercy and Air National Guard Cyber Command in Battle Creek, MI in 2017.

    Chapter Meeting-Cyberpatriot Program

    June 27, 2017 ISSA

    Infragard Regional Annual Conference

    May 25, 2017. University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus. Highlights of the Michigan CyberPatriot Program and new funding.

    2nd Annual Cyber Career Day at Cass Tech High School

    May 18, 2017

    Following people spoke to the students about their education and careers in Cyber Security:

    • Tamara Shoemaker, director, University of Detroit Mercy Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies and founder of the Michigan CyberPatriot Program
    • Chris Sorensen, GE Application Security and Compliance
    • James Ratzlaff, Staff Cyber Security Architect, GE Power
    • William Bowen, IT Specialist TACOM
    • Marrci Conner, HFC Cyber Security Faculty
    • Gregory Laidlaw, Instructor Detroit Mercy’s Cybersecurity & Information Systems Program
    • Keith Jaroszewski, Senior Information Security Engineer at Comerica
    • William Winston, Info Sec Engineer at Comerica
    • Marcia Mangold, Manager of IS Governance @ BCBSM
    • Ryan Spangler, Sr Account Executive-Information Security Services, TEK System

    Cyber Career Day 1
    William Bowen, Mrs. Barrett and Chris Sorenson

    Cyber Career Day 2

    Gregory Laidlaw discusses his career as an IT and Cybersecurity consultant and educator.

    Cyber Career Day 3
    James Ratliff discussing his career at GE Power.

    Converge Con at Cobo Hall

    May 11-13, 2017. Exhibitor at Converge Con, promoting Detroit Mercy's Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies, Detroit Mercy's academic programs in cybersecurity and the need for CyberPatriot mentors for the Michigan competition.   Listen to the radio interview that played on ITinthe D.

    Women In Cyber Security (WiCYS) Conference

    April 30, 2017. Tamara Shoemaker, director, University of Detroit Mercy Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies, presented on the growth of the Michigan CyberPatriot Program at the Tuscon, Arizona, conference.

    crowd at Arizona cyber security conference
    Tamara Shoemaker

    Tamara Shoemaker presents at the conference.


    March 2017. Exhibitor for Detroit Mercy's cybersecurity programs and the CISSE organization.

    TEKSystems Cyber Security Career Session

    February 2017. The Center held its first TEKSystems cybersecurity career session.

    Cybersecurity Career Session

    CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

    Exhibit Round – August 10-19, 2016

    Registration/team sign-up – Closes October 5, 2016

    Practice Round – October 11-25, 2016

    cyberpatriot logoCyberPatriot is the premier national youth cyber education program created to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The program was created by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

    Each CyberPatriot team requires a coach, usually a teacher or adult leader of a team-sponsoring organization. Coaches need no special technical background. Any teacher or youth organization leader with...more

    Midwest Chapter of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education

    Midwest CISSE logoMCISSE is a professional organization open to academics, industry and governmental agencies that foster information assurance or cybersecurity development, based on national and international standards: NIST, CNSS, ISO, along with BSI Americas and other recognized cybersecurity standards. Visit the MCISSE site for events and announcements.


The Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies is housed in University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education.

Dean: Mark Denham, Ph.D. |

Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense - Point of Contact: Anne Kohnke, Ph.D. |

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    Cybersecurity & Information Systems and Criminal Justice Programs


    Advisory Board

    • William Bowen '03, '05, U.S. Army, TACOM
    • Edward Bobola III, senior master sergeant, 110 OG (USA)
    • Mike Brennan, founder of Michigan News Network
    • Shaun Cavanaugh, chief information security officer at the National Park Service
    • Marrci Conner, faculty at Henry Ford College
    • Kurt Gollinger, chief operating officer at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
    • Jason Grembi '02, author of Secure Software Development, certified information systems security professional and senior cybersecurity architect, Vehicle Services department at General Motors
    • Michael Huguley '07, Infrastructure Manager / Infrastructure Architect
    • Keith Jaroszewski, '09, '10, senior penetration Tester at Synchrony
    • J.T. Jones '05, deputy cybersecurity program manager at the US Army in Europe G6
    • Daniel Kennedy, principal consultant at Forensic Criminology Associates
    • Kristin Judge, founder of Cyber Crime Support Network
    • Dan Lohrmann, chief strategist and chief security officer at Security Mentor, Inc.
    • Christopher Martella '15, attorney at Kemp Klein Law Firm
    • Richard Marshall, chairman of the board at Cinturion
    • Janell McLemore '09, access manager at the U.S. Department of Defense
    • Denise Kinsey, Ph.D., faculty at University of Houston
    • Sajay Rai, President, certified public accountant, certified information systems security professional and certified information security manager at Securely Yours
    • James L. Rainey, Ph.D., III, '95, '97, information technology specialist at the U.S. Government
    • Stephanie Scheurmann, cyber threat intelligence specialist at Ford Motor Company
    • Bob Sherman, associate professor and chair of Computer Information Systems at Sinclair Community College
    • Ken Sigler '98, faculty at Oakland Community College
    • Christopher Sorensen, senior cybersecurity researcher at GE Digital
    • Ryan Spangler, senior account executive cybersecurity practice at TEKSystems
    • Mary Sparks, '05, WebFOCUS senior SDA, Ford Motor Company
    • Caston Thomas, President at InterWorks, LLC
    • Dave Trader, chief strategy officer at GalaxE Solutions
    • Tabice Ward, director/computer and information science and engineering (CISE) at DTE Energy
    • Jeff Weber, Department of Defense
    • Brad Wilkerson, principal engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering
    • Angela Williams, enterprise information security officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

About Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is recognized as one of the premier private universities in the Great Lakes region. For more than 10 consecutive years, Detroit Mercy was voted as one of the best universities in the Midwest by US News and World Report.

Originally founded as a Jesuit college in 1877 and strengthened in the 1990s by joining with the Sisters of Mercy, the University has a 140-year history and a well-established reputation for academic excellence. A Detroit Mercy education integrates the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of its students. That reputation was further enhanced by Detroit Mercy’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education in 2004, making it a pioneer in that area of education. In 2016, it received designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (2016-2021).

Detroit Mercy’s mission is to, provide excellent, student-centered, undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. That urban service mission was highlighted in the 1970s by Detroit Mercy choosing to stay on its campus in Northwest Detroit, rather than move to the suburbs like other Detroit institutions at the time. Detroit Mercy continues to serve in that capacity as an initiator for efforts to rebuild the City of Detroit and is one of the direct sponsors of Focus Hope Detroit, a minority-serving Catholic training foundation, located adjacent to the Detroit Mercy campus.

Detroit Mercy is also an active and enthusiastic participant in the “Wounded Warrior Program” and is recognized as a “Military Friendly School®”. It has a special advising programs to repurpose former active duty military veterans. One of the faculty advisors is a former Army Major General (Charles Wilson, associate professor of criminal justice studies) and a recruiter is a “Wounded Warrior” graduate of the Master’s Program.