About the Center for Cyber Excellence

The Center for Cyber Excellence at St. Mary’s University is a collaborative venture drawing on the expertise of faculty and staff from the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as from other disciplines within the University and the University’s Information Services Division. The Center provides guidance and general cyber defense information, and promotes collaboration and interaction with other students, faculty and programs.

  • St. Mary’s University offers a Master of Science program in Cybersecurity, as well as a 12-hour graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity.

close up of cybersecurity student pointing at screen of code
two male cybersecurity students working on laptop

National Designation

St. Mary’s University, through the M.S. in Cyber Security program, has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

Latest Updates

  • St. Mary’s University Cyber Rattlers team placed fourth in the Alamo AFCEA Capture the Flag Cyber Competition on Nov. 15, 2023. Student competitors included Reetej R. Chindarkar, William U. de Marigny, Natalie M. Rankin and Joseph Drouillard.
  • Ayad Barsoum is serving as a Reviewer for NSA CAE-CD (Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense)
  • Glenn Howard and Mark Maldonado are serving as adjunct faculty members.

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Cyber Defense Activities and Organizations

Institutional Security Resources and Awareness

Faculty Publications

Additional Resources

  • External Board of Advisors

    Joe H. Sánchez, Jr.
    Founder and Executive Director, CyberTexas Foundation

    Dave Salisbury, Ph.D.
    Center Director, University of Dayton

    Steve Ryan
    CEO, Trinity Cyber

    John Trabucco

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