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Dr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park Receive Best Research Paper Awards at IACIS 2017

SAP2PWDr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park have been recognized for research that was presented at the 2017 International

Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference.  The conference took place Oct. 4-7 in Philadelphia.


IMG_0405Dr. Wang, a professor in SCIS’ Department of Computer and Information Systems, earned the Best Paper Award – Pedagogy, Honorable Mention for “A Constructive Team Project Model for Online Cybersecurity Education,” a paper he authored with Dr. Raed Sbeit, a senior manager at Verizon.

“The study suggests that an effective online team project model can enable students to succeed both individually and as a team,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Wang and Dr. Park co-authored “Communication in Cybersecurity: A Public Communication Model for Business Data Breach Incident Handling.” That paper received Best Paper Award – Research, Honorable Mention.  Dr. Park is an associate professor in SCIS’ Department of Communication.

“Our research has valuable implications on corporate communication with various publics, such as stakeholders, customers, media, and industry regulation authorities, as part of cybersecurity incident response and handling,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Park added, “Our case study of the massive Yahoo data breaches indicates that the timing of incident response may be more important than the communication strategies in shaping public perception on the company’s incident handling responsibility and subsequently the company’s reputation.”

“I am immensely proud of the SCIS faculty for their commitment to teaching, research and service,” AnnMarie LeBlanc, the SCIS dean said. “The honors bestowed by this international organization of their peers is testimony to the quality of Dr. Wang and Dr. Park’s scholarly endeavors. Together with their colleagues, I congratulate them.”

Dating to 2012, faculty in RMU’s Department of Computer and Information Systems have been honored with paper awards at four of the six IACIS conferences.

Dr. Karen Paullet presents NSF-funded research on Mobile Forensics & Security at the RMU Research & Grants Expo

paullet-nsf-grant-expoOn April 24, 2017, RMU held a Research & Grants Expo highlighting a variety of faculty research and grant projects.  All of the RMU campus was invited to attend this event.  Dr. Karen Paullet presented the Mobile Forensics and Security Project, an NSF-funded grant.  Dr. Paullet is the PI on the grant, along with Dr. Jamie Pinchot (Co-PI), Dr. Sushma Mishra (Co-PI), and Dr. Fred Kohun.  Mobile security and forensics is an underrepresented area of study that is increasingly important in our current society.  This research will advance knowledge in the field of mobile cybersecurity and mobile forensics through a train-the-trainer program for 50 faculty members from universities across the United States.  Twenty-five faculty were trained in July 2016 and the remaining half will be trained this year.  Dr. Paullet also highlighted a new online certificate offered by RMU in Mobile Forensics and Security (MFS).  This certificate is now available and you can learn more about it here: Mobile Forensics and Security Certificate Program.

CIS Faculty Participate in the RMU Research & Grants Expo

On March 15, 2016, RMU held a Research & Grants Expo in Sewall Center highlighting a variety of faculty research and grant projects.  All of the RMU campus was invited to attend to learn more about the research going on here at RMU.  The CIS Department’s own Dr. Fred Kohun was a speaker/panelist, along with other faculty members from RMU, CMU, and Pitt for a Panel Discussion titled Research First or Grant First:  The Dilemma.

Dr. Peter Wu

Dr. Peter Wu

Several other CIS faculty members showcased their research during the Poster Exhibition at the event, which highlighted 39 research posters and 13 grant-funded research posters.  Dr. Peter Wu presented his research titled Making a Difference in Software Quality – The Journey, a grant-funded research project that he co-authored with Sushil Acharya (SEMS, Engineering), Priyadarsdhan Manohar (SEMS, Engineering), Connie Ruzich (SCIS, Communication), and Mary Hansen (SESS, Education).  Software quality is a crucial issue in software development.  Industry’s general lack of appreciation of verification and validation (V&V) benefits, and more importantly the shortage of V&V practitioners poses a multitude of problems in the software industry.  This project will improve software education at the undergraduate level and enhance on-the-job professional training, thereby increasing the pool of professionals with V&V knowledge and skills.

Dr. Jamie Pinchot and Dr. Sushma Mishra

Dr. Jamie Pinchot and Dr. Sushma Mishra

Dr. Jamie Pinchot presented her research titled Mobile Forensics and Security Project, an NSF grant-funded project.  Dr. Pinchot is a Co-PI on the grant, along with Dr. Karen Paullet (PI), Dr. Sushma Mishra, (Co-PI), and Dr. Fred Kohun.  Mobile security and forensics is an underrepresented area of study and research.  This research will advance both knowledge and education in the field of mobile cybersecurity and mobile forensics by creating an online Mobile Forensics and Security certificate program and developing a train-the-trainer program for Computer Information Systems faculty.  The researchers will be involved in training an additional 50 faculty members from universities across the country in mobile security and forensics.

Dr. Wenli Wang

Dr. Wenli Wang

Dr. Wenli Wang presented her grant-funded research titled Contemplative Information Systems Use – Find the Balance from the Inside Out.  Technology addiction, technology-induced stress, and information overload have become both individual and societal problems.  With a combination of economic analysis  of opportunity cost, experiential learning, and cognitive reflections, this research aims to demonstrate that recognizing and developing one’s own inner “technology of the mind” through contemplative practices would reduce a technology user’s attachment to the outer technology.  Dr. Wang’s research will examine the roles of spiritual intelligence, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness in mediating the relationship between contemplative practices and technology use.

Attention Summer 2016 Interns! Summer Discount and Housing

A 25% tuition discount and free Summer housing is being offered to students enrolled in Summer 2016 Academic Internship programs.

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) academic credits or a minimum of three (3) internship credits this summer.

Please contact the Student Financial Services office at 412-397-6260 or stacct@rmu.edu.

RMU’s Online Cyber Forensics & Information Security Degree Ranks #6 on TheBestSchools.org

Best-schools-seal-e1429029986386Robert Morris University’s online Bachelor in Cyber Forensics & Information Security Degree ranked #6 of  “The 12 Best Online Bachelor in Information Assurance & Security Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org.

TheBestSchools.org selected RMU’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strength, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Comparable programs that were compared to RMU cover similar subjects such as data protection, software security, hackers, Internet security, network security, network and computer forensics, security infrastructure design, e-commerce, and telecommunication systems. The programs also cover ethical and legal responsibilities.

Read the article here:
http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-bachelors-information-assurance-security-degree-programs/

Top Secret Colonials Participate in CMU Data Privacy Day

Snapchat-2544628316288256971A group of Cyber Forensics and Information Security students, including members of the Top Secret Colonials group, along with Dr. Karen Paullet, attended Data Privacy Day at CMU on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

The students attended a Privacy Clinic called “Learn how to Protect your Privacy” and listened to the keynote speaker, Ed Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer.  His talk was entitled “Making Privacy Work for Everyone.”

CMU states that “Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. For more information, please visit StaySafeOnline.org.”0128161426_HDR

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Professor Robert Skovira Named IACIS Computer Educator of the Year

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 12.11.39 AMRobert Skovira, Ph.D., University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the IACIS Computer Educator of the Year award.

Professor Skovira has taught at Robert Morris University at both the undergraduate and graduate level for more than 30 years. His recent teaching focus has been Java programming, Ethical issues in computing, Web development and programming, and Knowledge management. Doctoral courses taught include Ethnography of Information Systems and Knowledge Management. Service to his university includes participating in the CIS Lecture Series and serving on the Graduate Curriculum Committee, the RMU Institutional Review Board, and the ABET task force. He also serves on several academic journal Editorial Review Boards, and supports students as faculty sponsor of Alpha Chi Honor Society and advisor for the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Over the years Professor Skovira has served as Visiting Professor at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia on three different occasions, and as Visiting Professor at the Academy of Advertising, Bratislava, Slovakia. He currently serves as Co-host of The Doctor is In: A Medical Variety Show shown on local TV.

During his teaching career Professor Skovira has been awarded numerous Faculty Research Fellowships and grants, and his scholarly publications include more than 90 published Journal articles, numerous presentations at academic meetings, and more than 35 published Proceedings. Over the years he served many times as Track Chair for DSI and IRMA, as Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Chair of the SIG Foundations of Information Science. In 2010 he was honored by being awarded University Professor status.

For over three decades Professor Skovira has brought his knowledge and insight into the Robert Morris classroom, challenging students, advancing knowledge through research and publication, and sharing his knowledge while serving as Visiting Professor at two European Universities. During his long and distinguished career, Professor Skovira has made a significant impact on Information Systems scholarship and education, and we congratulate Professor Robert Skovira on being selected 2015 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year.