Center for Computer Security & Information Assurance


The Hood College Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance, housed within the Department of Computer Science, promotes research, education, and sound internal practices in computer security and information assurance. The center coordinates educational programs and practices in information assurance, and interacts with local area businesses, laboratories, and government agencies. 


Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity provides students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and will produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity. The program addresses the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS). Learn more about the MS in cybersecurity.

Certificate in Information Security

The Certificate in Information Security is the first step in developing a cadre of skilled information security specialists and astute information security managers. Fourteen competency areas have been identified as part of the Information Technology essential body of knowledge and these areas are covered coherently in this program of study. This certificate program is designed to be further integrated into additional graduate study toward the Master of Science in Information Technology or the Master of Science in Computer Science. Learn more about the Certificate in Information Security. 

Cyber Blazers Cybersecurity Competition Team

As members of the Cyber Blazers competition team, students apply their technical skills, expertise, knowledge and ethics to solve problems and compete in cybersecurity competitions. The Cyber Blazers team meets regularly and practices in our Cybersesurity Lab. The team is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in developing high level defensive and offensive cyber skills. Our team participates in various cybersecurity competitions, though students who join the team are not required to compete. Learn more about the Cyber Blazers. 

Cybersecurity Laboratory

The Cybersecurity Laboratory provides an isolated environment where students are able to experiment in areas that would ordinarily be considered too dangerous to institutional network and system resources or to be investigated in other computer labs.


Computer security is one of the research focus areas of the Department of Computer Science & Information Technology. Following, a partial list of publications from the Center's faculty.

  • Kenneth May, Seth Kress, Ahmed Salem, George Dimitoglou, "A gaming approach for ad-hoc secure routing in education", CGAMES, 2014, pp. 1-7, doi:10.1109/CGames.2014.6934150
  • Carol M. Jim, Ahmed Salem, Aijuan Dong, and James Devilbiss. “Supervised Learning Algorithms to Enhance DDoS Prediction in Network Forensics.” In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications in Industry and Engineering (CAINE-2011), Honolulu, Hawaii, November 16-18, 2011.
  • Carol M. Jim, Ahmed Salem, and Aijuan Dong. “Testing Supervised Learning Algorithms To Enhance DDoS Prediction In Network Forensics & Security.” In Proceedings of the 2010 International Congress on Computer Applications and Computational Science (CACS 2010), Singapore, December 4-6, 2010.
  • Carol M. Jim, Ahmed Salem, and Aijuan Dong. “Network Forensics in Practice: A Survey.” In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications (ACC-2010), Orlando, Florida, September 15-17, 2010.
  • Kris W. Reese, Ahmed Salem, George Dimitoglou. "Using Standard Deviation in Signal Strength Detection to Determine Jamming in Wireless Networks."" CAINE 2008: 250-254.
  • Paul Seymer, George Dimitoglou. "Performance Optimization of Close-Color Pair Steganalysis", International Conference on Security & Management 2007: pp. 123-127, Las Vegas, USA.
  • George Dimitoglou, Contributing author for SANS Institutes publication Computer Security (1998).


Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

Educational Security Resources

Centers, Institutes, and Societies

Personal Computer Protection