Despite enormous investment in the development of defensive cyber capabilities, we as a nation continue to lose ground against determined adversaries in the conflict for control in cyberspace. The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center is dedicated to combating adversaries who desire to harm our citizens, our government, and our industry through cyber-attacks. The Center seeks to advance the collective cybersecurity knowledge, capabilities, and practices, doing so through ground-breaking research, novel and innovative cybersecurity education, and mutually beneficial academic governmental and commercial partnerships. Working with researchers, faculty, and industry leaders, the Center stands committed to make outsized contributions to social good through the development of transformational cybersecurity capabilities.
TAMC² Areas of Focus
Texas A&M University has an internationally renowned group of faculty who are engaged in groundbreaking cybersecurity research. The University, a premier land-grant institution, also benefits from having great facilities and fantastic students, which enable much of this impressive research portfolio. The combination of great faculty, great facilities and great students ensures that A&M will soon move to the very forefront of cybersecurity research and education.
Texas A&M University has a long history of providing information assurance and cybersecurity educational opportunities for its students, dating back to the mid-1990s. Texas A&M students have an increasing number of opportunities available for acquiring cybersecurity knowledge and skills in order to prepare them for challenges they will face, upon graduation, in their personal and professional lives.
The Cybersecurity Center will only achieve its vision by working with like-minded partners on problems of mutual interest and concern. Potential partners will come from a wide variety of entities, including other academic institutions, federal and local agencies and commercial partners. Our partnerships will focus on the broad application of the Center’s research, education and innovation for the public benefit.
Brief History of the Center
Daniel J. Ragsdale, Ph.D
Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering
Dr. Daniel “Rags” Ragsdale is a thirty-year Army veteran whose service included combat deployments to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom), Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom), and Grenada (Urgent Fury). He is currently a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M and is the Director of the Cybersecurity Initiative for the Texas A&M Experiment Extension Service (TEES). In that capacity he is responsible for managing and directing cybersecurity research and educational initiatives at Texas A&M.
In his previous job, he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Project
Agency (DARPA) where he was responsible for a large portfolio of cybersecurity and
educational programs. Before joining DARPA, Dr. Ragsdale served for over a decade at the
United States Military Academy at West Point where he served in a variety of leadership roles,
culminating with his service as Vice Dean for Education. In that capacity, Dr. Ragsdale was the
Strategic Planner and Principal Deputy to West Point’s Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Ragsdale graduated from the US Military Academy in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in
engineering. He received his master’s degree in computer science from the Naval Post Graduate
School in 1990 and attended Texas A&M University where he received his Ph.D. in computer
science in 2001.
His research interests include cybersecurity, vulnerability research, reverse engineering,
computer ethics, and privacy. Dr. Ragsdale has more than 20 years of supervisory experience in research
and development and educational settings. His focus on the technical, as well as the human
dimension of cybersecurity, helped him to bring innovation to the laboratory, to the classroom,
and to operational settings. He has authored or co-authored dozens of cybersecurity papers,
articles, and book chapters.