WSU Hub for Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (HCEA)

3rd Floor Wallace Hall, College of Engineering

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Contact Joe Jabara, Director, Cybersecurity Hub
Advisor Col Chris Snyder, 184th Cyber Operations Group, Kansas Air National Guard
Mission The Hub mission is to promote and enhance cybersecurity education and awareness in Kansas through technical education and outreach.

The Hub serves as the statewide locus for evolving information, training and education in cyber defense, privacy and cyber awareness. The Hub connects the educational and training needs of the corporate and small business community, state and local government, and the military, to the expertise and resources within the cybersecurity academic community at WSU.

The Hub provides a venue for:

  1. Traditional degree offerings.
    1. Graduate Certificate: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
    2. BS in Engineering Technology Cybersecurity Concentration
    3. BS in Applied Computing with Emphasis on Cybersecurity -- COMING SOON!
  2. Curriculum delivered by experienced faculty, who have taught in a variety of settings.
  3. Exceptional faculty whose expertise is in cyber-physical systems, communication security, networking security, and cloud security.
  4. Access to highly motivated cybersecurity graduate and undergraduate students for internships, co-operative experience, and industry posed projects.
  5. Engineering Technology's Cybersecurity Range Lab to support instruction and hands-on entrepreneurially minded problem solving related to cyber defense, located on 3rd floor Wallace Hall.
  6. Cybersecurity awareness seminars for the general public, civic groups, K-12 schools, and special groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
  7. Host venue for the local Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association chapter.

Future focus areas:

  1. Market-based and badge courses designed to meet the evolving security needs of private and public sectors (healthcare, education, banking, aviation, law enforcement, hospitality and entertainment industry), and slated toward the economic demographics of the region.
  2. Deep learning through stackable certificates.
  3. Venues and platforms (physical and virtual) for use by the community of cybersecurity professionals from business, other institutions of higher learning, city government, law enforcement and WSU - to discuss and share strategies for next generation threat intelligence, hold special topics sessions for the public on subjects such as – “what to do if you've been breached”, and “how to protect systems for traveling workforce”, and introduce a speaker series of world renowned experts in the field.
  4. Advanced Cyber-Range to host coding/network defense/penetration competitions, lab demonstrations and promote open source collaboration of current techniques relating to ethical hacking and defense of networks.
  5. Advisory board of industry, government, and community members.
  6. Alliance of public private partnerships.