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Cyber Security & Big Data at San Jose State University

Led by President Mohammad Qayoumi, San Jose State is spearheading an interdisciplinary cyber security program as a call to action. For the past two years, San Jose State has led an ongoing conversation with the community, government and industry leaders to educate the public, identify needs and vet requirements for a collegiate cybersecurity program. In addition, President Qayoumi was recently appointed by Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Board, providing a national perspective on this rapidly growing workforce development need.

As a result, several key objectives for the development of a San Jose State cyber security program have been identified. One of these objectives is to host the U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp. But as important as cyber security - big data has become a viable and essential component in the development of information systems, allowing researchers to develop processes that can mine important data trends that could assist in medicine, automobile traffic analysis or cyber security threats.  Big data and cyber security now go hand-in-hand!

SJSU has taken full advantage of funding opportunities to enhance and expand its research is such areas as deep data mining, smartmeter malware prevention as well expand the opportunities to use these areas to better fit into the vast number of majors and departments on campus to include Justice Studies, Library and Information Systems and the College of Business' Management Information Systems Department.