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ABOUT THE TEXAS A&M CYBERSECURITY CENTER

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 or our industry through cyber-attacks. The Center seeks to advance the collective cybersecurity knowledge, capabilities and practices 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.

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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.

MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Daniel J. Ragsdale, Ph.D.

Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Professor of Practice, Computer Science and 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. (read more)

Email rags@tamu.edu
Office 979.845.7398
Address  Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 3112 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

OUR VISION

  • To make outsized contributions to social good by advancing the knowledge and the practice of cybersecurity, and by developing transformational cybersecurity capabilities
  • Texas A&M, in collaboration with strategic partners, will move to the international forefront of cybersecurity research

OUR MISSION

  • Research: To facilitate the conduct of ground-breaking, basic and applied cybersecurity research
  • Education: To develop novel and innovative methods for cybersecurity
  • Partnerships: To build mutually beneficial partnerships with commercial, governmental, and academic partners

OUR HISTORY

2017

Present

In June, 2017, Texas A&M was designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.  Alongside the previous CAE designations in Education and Research, Texas A&M is one of eight universities to hold all three NSA distinctions.

2016

2016

In March, 2016, TAMU was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence, both in Education and in Research. These coveted distinctions align with the University’s mission to develop novel and innovative methods for cybersecurity education and to facilitate the conduct of ground-breaking, basic and applied cybersecurity research. More than 125 undergraduate students are enrolled for Fall 2016 in a newly created interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Minor field

2015

2015

The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center is established under the direction of Dr. Daniel Ragsdale to meet the increasing demands of society for secured information infrastructures and for a knowledgeable cybersecurity workforce. Soon after the Center’s establishment, it receives a $475K grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to advance the knowledge of the cybersecurity of critical infrastructures.

2010

2010s

Since 2010, TAMU faculty have published over 95 scholarly works that document both the basic and applied cybersecurity research they have performed. Additionally, during this same period, 105 graduate students completed theses or dissertations that addressed cybersecurity topics.

2000

2000s

Building upon the early achievements, the university undertook a significant number of cybersecurity education and research initiatives under the direction of a strong faculty. In 2002, TAMU was first designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and was subsequently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research.

1990

1990s

Texas A&M University (TAMU) has been dedicated to the advancement of cyber defense since the early 1990’s. At that time, in response to a large-scale network attack, TAMU researchers developed a collection of defensive capabilities that, through open source distribution, became industry standard in higher education for more than a decade. In the late 1990’s, TAMU was the first academic institution to employ attack-defense laboratory exercises to support undergraduate computer security instruction. This innovation has since been

THE CYBERSECURITY CENTER TEAM

Daniel Ragsdale

Daniel J. Ragsdale, Ph.D.

Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering

Office 979.845.7398 | Email rags@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Robert “Trez” Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email rtjones@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Paula deWitte

Assistant Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Associate Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering

Office  979.845.7398
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Jennifer Cutler

Program Coordinator, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.2098 | Email jenniferjoe@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Jonathan Grimes

Cyber Competitive Team Lead, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center
Student Worker, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email nsa@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Jessica Klohn

Student Worker, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email jessklohn@exchange.tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Carter Ross

Student Worker, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email carteraggie@exchange.tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Kelsey Henderson

Student Worker, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email cybersecurity@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Nate Graf

Student Worker, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Office  979.845.7398 | Email cybersecurity@tamu.edu
Address Donald L. Houston Center, 200 Discovery Drive, 4254 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

FACULTY

Texas A&M faculty are involved in research that addresses a broad array of important cybersecurity topics. Moreover, the sheer number of publications produced by these scholars, as well as the thousands of citations to their scholarly works combined, indicate that A&M researchers are making significant contributions to the advancement of cybersecurity knowledge. Because the A&M faculty is so large and diverse, their research is not restricted to a small number of specific areas or approaches that may lose their relevance over time. The cybersecurity research topics addressed by A&M faculty span the full range of scholarly inquiry, from foundational basic research to problem-oriented applied research.