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Shaw University has established the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (C-CER)

Shaw University has established the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (C-CER) to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in cybersecurity and establish a direct pipeline for students to transition into cybersecurity related roles through academic degree offerings, training and professional development activities, and research initiatives. Prof. James Brown, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Computer Science program, has been tapped to serve as C-CER’s first director.

With the goal of offering cybersecurity courses starting Spring 2022 and introducing a Cyber Operations (CyOps) concentration as part of our Computer Science degree program starting Fall 2022, he and his faculty colleagues in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems are excited about the opportunities that the innovative curriculum will provide for Shaw students.

The CyOps concentration provides students with a foundation in programming, data structures, networks, security policy and risk, virtualization, malware analysis, and ethical hacking. The CyOps program merges technical skills with non-technical skills through required and elective courses to provide students with a balanced skillset in areas such as cyber policy, law, and ethics. Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to engage in red-team or blue- team security teams in various government and non-government agencies in support of national security or other such related industries.

C-CER will oversee the establishment and management of the CyOps program, offer students and community members cybersecurity related workshops and training, and engage in research focused on barriers to entry and other limiting factors for under- represented minorities in cybersecurity.

Technology Advisory Council

We express appreciation to our newly-formed Technology Advisory Council, chaired by Dr. Robert Holland, CIS program coordinator. The TAC was created to support and build a sustainable future for our community through technology education and innovation.

Dr. Keith Babuszczak Wake Tech Community College Provost of IT Programs and CCO, RTP Campus

Hugh Brock Red Hat Research Director

Rene Daughtry Cisco Solution Validation Services Senior Technical Program Manager/Team Lead

Cindy Ellison Wake Tech Community College, Dean, IT Programs, RTP Campus Leah Jones IBM HBCU Academic Advisor, Global University Programs Michael Mead Apple Senior Project Engineer Antoine Picard Google Software Engineer Tom Snyder NC R!oT Executive Director


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