Computer and Information Systems Department Awarded a U.S. Department of Defense Grant

Grant to Establish a DoD Cyber Scholarship Program at RMU

Dr. Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang, the Principal Investigator of a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) grant, valued at $243,465 and awarded to the Department of Computer and Information Systems at the School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences for a 12-month project. The grant establishes a new DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) at RMU. The program provides funding for three graduate scholarships in cybersecurity studies and for faculty research on cybersecurity education and mentoring. For 2020-2021 three students have been awarded this scholarship ($68,660). Students graduating from the CySP program will be placed and serve in professional positions of cybersecurity within DoD agencies.

RMU is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS). Only centers whose designation is in good standing are qualified to apply for this competitive grant.

Dr. Ping Wang, Ph.D., CISSP, is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and the Point of Contact (POC) of RMU’s national Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) designation by NSA/DHS. He has taught and published research on various topics of IS/IT, Cybersecurity, and Communication, including computer networks, network security, Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity education and workforce development, business data breach communication, and cross-cultural communication. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a senior consultant and leader of a private cybersecurity firm. Dr. Wang has been an active member of the U.S. National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group since 2016 and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IJHIoT) since 2017