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Cyber Security & Big Data at San Jose State University

It is official - The Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center (SVBCC)has been approved as a fully vested Organized Research & Training Unit (ORTU) housed in the College of International and Extended Studies at San Jose State University.  This new designation allows SVBCC to standout - in front of others in these two fields - as a designated and recognized unit working in the very areas that are impacting security, commerce, and flow of information the United State today.  

Led by President Mohammad Qayoumi, San Jose State is spearheading an interdisciplinary big data & cybersecurity 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 program in these areas. In addition, President Qayoumi was recently appointed by (then) Secretary 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 big data & cybersecurity program have been identified. One of these objectives is to host the U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cybersecurity Summer Boot Camp. But as important as cybersecurity - 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 cybersecurity threats.  Big data and cybersecurity now go hand-in-hand!

SJSU has taken full advantage of funding opportunities to enhance and expand its research in such areas as deep data mining, smartmeter malware prevention, cybersecurity training at all levels as well expand the opportunities to use these two areas to better fit into the vast number of majors and departments on campus including; Justice Studies, Library and Information Systems, and Management Information Systems.