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The mission of Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense is to provide excellence in education about cybersecurity, service through partnerships with the university and community, and research opportunities in cybersecurity technology, cybersecurity preparedness and cybersecurity education.

This mission is accomplished by the following:

  • Offering a professional master of science degree with a specialization for cybersecurity professionals.
  • Providing courses in computing with learning outcomes that support ensuring privacy and security in computing services.
  • Fostering curriculum content in other disciplines to ensure all students are aware of cybersecurity threats and defenses about cybersecurity awareness in the local community through partnerships.
  • Engaging students in service learning.
  • Encouraging collaboration on important research topics based on:
    • Partner and community needs
    • Interdisciplinary exchanges
    • Technical issues in cybersecurity

Contact us

The center oversees the specialization in information assurance and cyber defense that is an option of our professional master's degree program in computing. Questions about the center or the specialization can be directed to:

Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek
Director, Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense
Director, Graduate Studies, M.S. in Computing
Cudahy Hall, 375
(414) 288-6734



"America’s economic prosperity, national security and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure and reliable internet. "
— President Obama

"Cybersecurity risk management comprises the full range of activities undertaken to protect IT and data from unauthorized access and other cyber threats, to maintain awareness of cyber threats, to detect anomalies and incidents adversely affecting IT and data, and to mitigate the impact of, respond to, and recover from incidents."

— President Trump, Executive Order, May 11, 2017