Cybersecurity Center faculty are actively engaging industry partners through a “Cognitive Internet of Things – Industry Supported Consortium” in the MU College of Engineering. Collaborations with industry have been established in the area ofcybersecurity with partners such as Dell, Centene, Cerner, World Wide Technologies, Tetrasoft, Tenable, Equifax,VeteransUnited, Shelters Insurance, Burns and McDonnell and others.
With a commitment to student success, CSI@MU faculty successfully mentor several doctoral, master’s and post-doctoral students. Prior students have joined cybersecurity careers in industry and academia, and have published in highly selective cybersecurity journals. Cybersecurity Center faculty lead a Scholarship for Service (SFS) project titled “MASTER: Missouri Advanced Security Training, Education and Research” sponsored by National Science Foundation that funds MS and PhD students specialized in cybersecurity. The scholarship recipients go on to serve at a federal agency or national lab upon their graduation.
Cybersecurity Center faculty mentorstudent teams that have competed and won multiple cyber challenges at the state and national levels in collaboration with members of the Mizzou Computing Association (MCA). A student group finished in the top 2% in a MITRE organized cyber challenge competition in 2019. Another student group came 2nd place in the SEC Academic Conference cyber challenge sponsored by Equifax in 2018. Additional student engagement activities on cybersecurity are being organized by working with MU Central IT Group, MCA and the Information Technology Program at MU to attract students to engage in future student-led cyber challenge training and competing activities.
Cybersecurity Center faculty recently organized the NSF-funded workshop, Midwest Verification Day(s), at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Midwest Verification Day(s), is a workshop for the Midwest regionfocusing on hardware and software verification. The workshop provides aforum for students and early career researchers to present early stages oftheir research in an informal setting enabling exchange of ideas. The workshop aims to encourage collaboration and strengthen the formal methodsand verification community in the Midwest region.
Cybersecurity Center faculty are involvedin the US Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center(IAC) project to “Assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to increasetheir Energy Efficiency, Cyber Security and Competitiveness”. As part of the IAC activities, workshops are organized on thetopic of “Cybersecurity in the Manufacturing Enterprise” to train studentsand industry partners (e.g., utility companies, manufacturing companies)regarding cyber security best practices, risk assessment and technology solutions for cyber defense.
Cybersecurity Center faculty organize and serveas mentors for the Summers@Mizzou ‘Network Forensics for HackerTrackers’ camp, at the University of Missouri, Columbia for the last several years. This campfocuses on teaching high school students principles of cybersecurity, and provides them with hands-on experience in working with cloud computing andnetwork forensics. The students complete the camp with a group project tolearn and apply cyber defense research concepts through a rigorous exchangeof ideas and collaborative work. The camp aims to influence high school students to choose studies in computer science and get excited about pursuinga cyber security profession to increase the pipeline of high school studentspursuing related careers in the Midwest region.