Monthly Archives: September 2015

RMU receives NSF Grant for Mobile Security Program

Robert Morris University recently received a $224,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to aid in the development of a Mobile Forensics and Security certificate program at RMU that will focus on teaching students to analyze and secure mobile devices and networks against cybercrime.  The grant will also fund a “train the trainer” initiative in order to train information systems faculty at other institutions.  RMU will partner with Middle Georgia State University, the Community College of Beaver County, and the Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium to train 40 faculty members to teach the mobile security certificate program to their own students.

Work on the mobile security grant project begins this fall.  Dr. Karen Paullet, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Systems, is directing the grant project at RMU assisted by Dr. Jamie Pinchot, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems, and Dr. Sushma Mishra, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems.  Dr. Fred Kohun, University Professor of Computer and Information Systems, will also be consulting on the project.

Read the full news story from RMU News here:

Seeking CIS Department Blog Writer/Assistant

The CIS department is currently seeking a CIS Department Blog Writer/Assistant.  This will be a paid work-study position ($9/hour up to 5 hours per week) that will be available for the full academic year 2015-2016.


  • Edit and/or write blog articles on topics assigned by the faculty editor in a timely manner
  • Work with members of the CIS department and RMU community to discover topics and issues for the blog and follow up on those topics in future blog posts
  • Monitor IT-related news outlets to discover topics and issues appropriate for the blog and follow up by writing blog posts
  • Manage and edit media related to blog posts (images, video)
  • Assist the faculty editor with management of the blog sidebar items/links and technical features in WordPress


  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Enthusiasm for IT-related topics
  • Ability to manage tasks and time effectively
  • Skills in writing for the Web, editing images, editing video, and/or WordPress is a plus.

To apply, please send your resume through Colonial Trak or contact Dr. Jamie Pinchot (

Note:  Blog volunteers are also needed to write articles on a less structured schedule, with SET credit available for this work.  Please also contact Dr. Jamie Pinchot if you are interested in volunteering.

Learn about the Washington Center National Security Seminar in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, September 14th the students who attended The Washington Center’s National Security Program this past summer will give an informative presentation in the Sewall Center International Suite at 3:30 pm.

If you have even the slightest interest in the Washington National Security program, we urge you to make the time to attend. It is an opportunity for you to hear about the program from the student’s perspective!

You will receive one hour of SET credits for attending. Light refreshments will be served.

Welcome back! Check out these September events in the CIS Department

Welcome back to campus!  We hope that you are all settling in and enjoying the start of the fall semester.  The CIS department has been hard at work putting together new events for you.  This September, we will host two employer events.  Mark your calendars!  PNC and SDLC Partners, L.P. will be here on campus to give a presentation to our students about their organizations, and also to recruit.  If you are looking for an internship or a job opportunity, don’t miss it!  These events can also be very helpful to anyone in the department to help gain an understanding of what companies in the field are doing and what types of skills they are interested in.  We hope to see you there!

This event sponsored by the TOP SECRET COLONIALS
Wednesday, September 16, 2015  (3:45 PM to 5:15 PM)
Wheatley Center Atrium

PNC is sending their Senior Technology specialist to campus to speak about the PNC Technology programs and internship program at PNC.

3:45 PM Registration for SET Credit
4:15 PM the speaker will start his presentation

Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (3:45 PM to 5:15 PM)
Wheatley Center Atrium

SDLC Partners, L.P., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, opened its doors in 2004 as an alternative to large consulting organizations.  The firms’s 350+ employees take a practical and collaborative approach to deliver process improvement, analytics, and technology solutions to Fortune 1000 and mid-market customers by effectively working with business and I.T. units to serve as the “execution partner of choice.”

For more information about SDLC Partners, visit

3:45 PM Registration for SET Credit
4:15 PM the speaker will start his presentation

Pizza will be served.