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 Cybersecurity 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

  • BSides SATX 2023 will be hosted at St. Mary’s University on June 10, 2023.
  • StMU Cyber Rattlers team won 1st place at the Alamo AFCEA Capture the Flag Competition on Nov. 16, 2022. The students who competed were Reetej R. Chindarkar, Amber Gonzales, Abdullah Alghamdi and Saleem Alotaibi.
  • Ayad Barsoum attended the NSA CAE-CD and CO Peer Review Workshops, 2 full-days workshops, Nov. 3-4, 2022 at San Antonio College
  • Ayad Barsoum is now serving as a Reviewer for NSA CAE-CD (Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense)
  • Glenn Howard is now serving with us as an adjunct faculty member

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 & Executive Director, CyberTexas Foundation

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

    Steve Ryan
    CEO, Trinity Cyber

    John Trabucco

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