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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program prepares students for rewarding careers in one of the fastest growing areas of information technology. Students will learn both the theory and practice of cybersecurity, including how to protect and defend systems, identify and handle security incidents, and manage risks. Practical hands-on activities on local systems and in the cloud will be included in most courses.

Northern Kentucky University has a reputation for excellence in cybersecurity education and is a DHS/NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

 


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Student Spotlight

Robert Ruska
MS in Cybersecurity Student, NKU
"My deep interest in Cybersecurity stems from my time in the U.S. Army. The military gave me the intent and determination to serve the nation in such a critical field, where there is a serious workforce shortage. I have been gaining the exposure and experience to various IT topics by doing research as an undergraduate student with a NKU professor. This has contributed tremendously to me furthering my education by pursuing a master’s degree in Cybersecurity. 

With the growing number of cyber threats facing individuals, organizations, and governments, Cybersecurity protects these entities against the criminal or the unauthorized use of data along with the measures taken to achieve this. Trusting technology is an asset and therefore I want people to understand that they can be protected from these real-world cyber threats. I am excited to be a part of the M.S. in Cybersecurity program and to continue my journey in developing the in-demand technical competencies that are needed in network security and risk management."

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CAREER PATHS

The MS in Cybersecurity graduates career options include Cloud Security Analyst/Administrator, Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Analyst,  Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester and Incident Analyst. 


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graduate cybersecurity faculty

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

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Maureen Doyle, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Computer Science Chair
Co-Director, M.S in Cybersecurity

GH 400D
859-572-5468
doylem3@nku.edu

Bio

Personal
 
I (she/her) was raised in Tewksbury, a town about 20 miles from Boston, MA.  I live in Kentucky and enjoy the beauty of the arts and parks of greater Cincinnati.
 
Academic
 
I earned my PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University in 2004.  My research interests include recruitment and retention of STEM majors as well as empirical software engineering.
 
I enjoy teaching programming classes and meeting students when they are first starting their studies here at NKU, and also enjoy teaching graduate classes that critically examine evidence-based practices in software engineering.  I worked in industry for almost 20 years and enjoy sharing my successes, and failures, with students as a motivation for learning and thinking critically. 

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Wei Hao, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, M.S. in C.S. & M.S. in C.I.T.
Co-Director, M.S. in Cybersecurity

GH 518
859-572-5659
haow1@nku.edu

Bio

Academic

I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Program Director of the Master of Science in Computer Science. I came to NKU in August 2008 from Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where I worked as a software engineer. I also worked for Motorola and Alcatel, where I co-invented a patent.

I earned my PhD in Computer Science from University of Texas at Dallas in 2007. I have 38 peer-reviewed publications in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. My research interests include Web Technologies, Cloud Computing, and Mobile Computing. I won the Faculty Excellent Performance in Scholarly or Creative Activity Award from NKU in 2012. I teach a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and computer information technology. I have co-authored a book titled Internet Infrastructure with Dr. Richard Fox.

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FULL-TIME FACULTY

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Ankur Chattopadhyay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator of BS Cybersecurity

GH 430
859-572-5169
chattopada1@nku.edu

Bio

Personal & Academic

Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Department at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He joined NKU in January, 2020, and his research interests include visual privacy, visual trust, computer science & cybersecurity education, privacy-enhancing computer vision & pattern recognition, adversarial thinking & learning in machine vision, and privacy plus inclusivity issues in public surveillance. He loves working with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as involving them in his research and teaching projects. He enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in cybersecurity, as well as computer programming classes. He is currently an Editorial Board Member with the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter in Technology, Policy and Ethics. He is an active professional member of IEEE and ACM. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including conference papers, newsletter articles and journal papers. He has more than 15 years of work experience in both academics and industry.

Ankur is originally from Kolkata, India, where he did his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM), and was employed with Tata Consultancy Services, a global computer consultancy firm, for almost 7 years. Before joining NKU, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB), where he founded and directed of the Center of Cybersecurity Education & Outreach. He was the principal investigator (PI) and the project director of the first-ever NSA/NSF GenCyber program in the state of Wisconsin at UWGB, where he has led and hosted the GenCyber program for three years. He has also worked with Google and Microsoft as the PI/project lead for the Google IgniteCS and Microsoft TechSpark grant programs at UWGB. As a scholar and educator, his passion is investigation of interdisciplinary cybersecurity research questions, and innovation of computer science & cybersecurity education. His industry profile includes multiple roles like IT Analyst, Software Engineer and Embedded Systems Engineer.

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Wei Hao, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, M.S. in C.S. & M.S. in C.I.T.
Co-Director, M.S. in Cybersecurity

GH 518
859-572-5659
haow1@nku.edu

Bio

Academic

I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Program Director of the Master of Science in Computer Science. I came to NKU in August 2008 from Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where I worked as a software engineer. I also worked for Motorola and Alcatel, where I co-invented a patent.

I earned my PhD in Computer Science from University of Texas at Dallas in 2007. I have 38 peer-reviewed publications in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. My research interests include Web Technologies, Cloud Computing, and Mobile Computing. I won the Faculty Excellent Performance in Scholarly or Creative Activity Award from NKU in 2012. I teach a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and computer information technology. I have co-authored a book titled Internet Infrastructure with Dr. Richard Fox.

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Yi Hu, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, Center for Information Security

GH 461
859-572-7739
huy1@nku.edu

Bio

Academic

Dr. Yi Hu is a Professor of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University. He is also a highly motivated information security professional experienced with performing vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, network and application security analysis, and incident response. In addition, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker by EC-Council, a CISSP by (ISC)2, and AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.   

He taught information security related courses in different areas such as: Web Security, Computer Forensics, Advanced Computer Forensics, Computer Security, and Securing Computer Systems. He also taught a variety of application development and system administration courses such as Windows Server and Linux administrations. He has published more than 30 papers on security, privacy, and trust management. In addition, he is the Director of Kentucky Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition who has extensive experience on promoting security education and awareness.

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Rasib Khan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
INF 284 Course Coordinator

GH 573
859-572-6025
khanr2@nku.edu

Bio

Academic

Rasib Khan, Ph.D., is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University, USA. Dr. Khan completed his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, in 2016. He completed his dual-MS degrees from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, and Aalto University (formerly, Helsinki University of Technology), Helsinki, Finland in 2011, as a European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Security and Mobile Computing. He had worked in the cloud security research group in Nomadic Lab at Ericsson Research, Finland, and in the PURSUIT Future Internet European Union FP7 research group at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland. His fields of interests include cybersecurity, service security and privacy, secure information provenance, and service oriented frameworks in cloud computing and pervasive service frameworks, the Internet-of-Things, and decentralized and distributed systems.

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Awad Mussa, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor


GH 506
859-572-7922
mussaa1@nku.edu

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James Walden, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, Center for Information Security

GH 526
859-572-5571
waldenj1@nku.edu

Bio

Personal

I have a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to coming to NKU, I worked at Intel as a senior software engineer on a variety of projects, including the development of the Pentium 4. On my sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, I performed research as a Visiting Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. 

Academic

I am Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Bachelor of Cybersecurity degree program. I enjoy teaching a variety of cybersecurity courses, including Computer Security and Advanced Cybersecurity. At NKU, I created the curriculum for both the Cybersecurity and Data Science bachelor degree programs. I also started NKU's annual cybersecurity symposium in 2007, which has grown to become a six-track one day event for security professionals and students.

My main research interests are in software security, with a focus on applying machine learning and empirical techniques such as mining software repositories. I have published over twenty papers on cybersecurity and related topics, with my most recent publication, The Impact of a Major Security Event on an Open Source Project: The Case of OpenSSL, winning the FOSS Impact Paper award at Mining Software Repositories 2020.