Quinnipiac University

School of Computing and Engineering Center for Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving and real-time intelligence is crucial in understanding the current marketplace to stay ahead of cyber predators. Under the guidance of cybersecurity program director Fred Scholl, Quinnipiac's Center for Cybersecurity actively researches these trends and provides students with valuable insight into current cybersecurity challenges and demands.

A Message from our Program Director

Fred Scholl headshot

Frederick Scholl, PhD

MS in Cybersecurity Program Director

We created the Center for Cybersecurity in response to an overwhelming need for cybersecurity experts who have the technical skills to defend against sophisticated cyber attacks. Right now, there are about 465,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs listed online, and the most recent cybersecurity jobs report suggests there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2025. In this same time frame, the damages from cybercrime are expected to exceed 6 trillion dollars worldwide.

Our cybersecurity programs and resources are designed to close this skills gap and provide students with the technical skills and business context they need to successfully defend our nation’s information assets. Whether you are working toward a full MS in Cybersecurity or earning badge certification, the Center for Cybersecurity will instruct you on how to build, protect and maintain a secure information infrastructure from the server room to the board room.

As a student in our cybersecurity programs, you will accumulate hands-on technical skills in risk management, security technology, data security, software security, access management, cloud security and resilient system security. Courses are taught by our esteemed faculty members, all of whom are widely respected practitioners in the cyber industry.

The Center for Cybersecurity works to ensure that the same amount of learning occurs outside of the traditional classroom as it does within. We encourage all students within the School of Computing and Engineering to join us for frequent interviews and roundtables with industry experts in business, computing, engineering and, of course, cybersecurity. These CEOs, CISOs, founders, authors and entrepreneurs each share their perspectives on the ever-changing nature of cybersecurity and provide unique opportunities to connect what you'll learn in the classroom with what you'll accomplish in your career.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Center for Cybersecurity. I invite you to explore our expansive array of resources, attend in-person and virtual events, and learn more about the faculty, staff and programs that will serve as a launching pad for your career in cybersecurity.

Upcoming Events

MS in Cyber Security Spring 2023 Application Deadline

January 13, 2023

12:00 AM (ET)

Read More

MS in Cybersecurity Summer 2023 Application Deadline

May 12, 2023

12:00 AM (ET)

Read More

Earn Your Degree in Cybersecurity

Programs

Showing 0 Programs

Sample Simulation

The Center for Cybersecurity hosts a variety of simulations and experiential learning opportunities to enrich your learning experience. We encourage you to try this introduction to cybersecurity simulation to get a feel for what you can expect as a student. In this simulation, you will serve as a consultant for Robothink Industries and will need to identify the types of cyberattacks that were carried out against the company.

Start The Simulation

 

Launching Soon: Hands-on Learning in our Advanced Simulation Center

Hartford HealthCare Strategic Partnership

As part of an innovative and strategic partnership with Hartford HealthCare, Quinnipiac University will soon unveil a state-of-the-art simulation center on our North Haven Campus. Once completed, students within the School of Computing & Engineering will be able to live-test the medical devices they develop as part of their senior capstone projects in a near-active healthcare environment, paving the way for our students to design the solutions to the medical challenges of tomorrow. In addition to the new simulation center, students within the School of Computing and Engineering will benefit from an updated curriculum leveraging Hartford HealthCare’s expertise and resources as well as expanded opportunities to secure internships and experiential learning opportunities within the Hartford HealthCare ecosystem. There will be cutting-edge learning opportunities for students such as:

  • Live-testing sophisticated medical devices developed as part of senior capstone projects.

  • Designing solutions to the medical challenges of tomorrow.

Read more about this groundbreaking partnership

Cybersecurity Advisory Council

To keep our curriculum aligned with the rapidly evolving needs of the cybersecurity space, Quinnipiac University has developed a dedicated Cybersecurity Advisory Council. This group consists of industry practitioners from a variety of industries and specializations. 

Jonathan Blake

Jonathan Blake, PhD, is professor of computer science at Quinnipiac, joining the faculty in 2020. Blake has held previous appointments at UCSF and Tennessee Tech, as well as at MITRE Corporation. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton and a master’s degree and PhD in computer science from Northwestern University.

John Coursen

John Coursen is the founder of two cybersecurity companies: Edwin and Fortify Cybersecurity. Previous positions include leadership roles at Severn River Capital Management and Pylon Technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in entrepreneurship/information systems management.

Bianca Gast

Bianca Gast is a manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving in the Deloitte risk and financial advisory market. With more than 8 years of experience, Gast has worked with a broad array of companies across the consumer and technology landscape with an emphasis on Fortune 500 multinationals in the U.S. and abroad. Her area of focus includes internal and external audits and technology risk. She has extensive experience helping companies implement, assess and enhance their risk and control frameworks. Gast has led many domestic and multinational companies through internal control readiness, framework assessments and audit engagements, including providing external and internal audit services and Sarbanes-Oxley readiness services to those clients. Gast has in-depth knowledge of various frameworks, industry standards, and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley ACT (SOX), COSO 2013, COBIT and NIST. Gast is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Robert Jasek

Robert E. Jasek is the chief information security officer for Quinnipiac University. Previously, he was the chief information security officer for Trinity College and Wesleyan University, as well as deputy chief information security officer at Yale University. He earned his master’s degree from Colorado Technical University and holds CISSP, CEH and GIAC certifications.

Dennis Klemenz

Dennis Klemenz is vice president and chief information officer of Connex Credit Union, North Haven, Connecticut. Previously. Klemenz held positions at Sikorsky Aircraft, ComputerShare and American Medical Response. He has been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac since 2016. Klemenz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of New Haven.

John Lionato

John P. Lionato has been active in the cybersecurity and information technology communities for two decades with experience around the globe leading and transforming teams and organizations through growth and crisis. Lionato is presently a managing director and the global lead for managed detection and response services at Accenture Security. He joined Accenture in 2020 after the acquisition of Symantec’s cybersecurity services business, where he was the general manager. For 5 years, prior to joining Symantec in 2013, Lionato was the chief security officer and head of global fanatical support services at Rackspace Hosting. He spent 8 years at Intuit, holding executive leadership roles in IT, customer service, and organizational and process excellence. He began his career at General Electric, holding leadership roles during his 13-year tenure in IT, M&A, operations, litigation and Six Sigma Quality. Lionato, an avid sailor and proud father, was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York City and a JD from Quinnipiac School of Law.

Joshua Luksberg

Joshua Luksberg, JD ’06, is vice president and Connecticut state manager for First American Title Insurance Company. He is a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and executive director of the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a JD from Quinnipiac School of Law. Luksberg is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York.

Robert Potter

Robert J Potter, Jr. ’91 is vice president worldwide sales of Mandiant Validation Solutions and was former chief revenue officer of Verodin. He has previously served as vice president, Americas for Symantec, as well as vice president of sales for Lancope, CounterTack and RSA Security. Since 2019, Potter has been a member of the QU Board of Trustees. Potter earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Quinnipiac.

Mark Santino

Mark Santino ’91 is a strategy and operations executive with deep global experiences accelerating profitable growth and optimizing business execution for companies ranging from large Fortune 50 entities to start-ups. Santino is currently the senior director of Worldwide Sales Strategy & Operations for Axis Security. He has more than 25 years of strategy, planning, operations and finance experiences in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Americas regions in the cybersecurity, enterprise software and information technology domains. Santino has held sales strategy and operations executive leadership roles at Commvault Systems, the market leader in data protection and ransomware software solutions; at Palo Alto Networks, the world’s largest cybersecurity company; and at Cisco Systems, where he was part of the leadership team which created, led and grew the global cybersecurity sales division to $3B. During his tenure at Cisco, he additionally held senior financial leadership positions, including area CFO for the U.S. Enterprise East Area, services controller for Asia Pacific based in Singapore, and manufacturing controller for the EMEA region based in Italy. Santino started his career at IBM Corporation, where he held both technical and financial roles. He serves on the Advisory Board for Quinnipiac University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program and the Advisory Council for Quinnipiac’s Department of Computer Information Systems and is a mentor for Quinnipiac’s School of Business students. Santino earned an MBA in Business and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona and graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Brian Tschinkel

Brian Tschinkel has more than 10 years of IT experience in multiple industries, including finance, healthcare and academia. He has a passion for security compliance, policy, governance and risk management. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in information systems, with a concentration in security and information assurance. Tschinkel has been at Weill Cornell Medicine for over 6 years and currently serves as their chief information security officer. He oversees information security, identity management and IT business continuity.

Cybersecurity Faculty

Contact the School of Computing and Engineering

We’re always here to help provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.

Keep up to date with the latest information about the School of Computing and Engineering.

Quinnipiac Today Events Calendar