Southeast Computer Science Rising

Southeast Computer Science Rising

Southeast isn’t new to computer science, but the program is having a very good year. The Bachelor of Science in computer science was reaccredited in August by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). At that time, Missouri’s Governor Michael L. Parsons joined Southeast President Carlos Vargas in the announcement and additionally celebrating two important pieces of news: Southeast’s Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity was one of only four programs nationally to receive ABET accreditation and work would begin this fall on a Cyber Range to give students an even greater competitive advantage in learning.

/ 1 of 4 in the nation to receive ABET accreditation for cybersecurity

Last fall, ABET invited just four schools nationally to participate in a pilot accreditation process for cybersecurity. Southeast and the other three schools that participated in the pilot program are now the only accredited cybersecurity programs in the nation.

Southeast’s program launched in 2011 with 15 students. Today, the program has 150 students. For the past six years, Southeast’s cyber defense team has won the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense competition and has advanced to and consistently finished in the top five at the Midwest Regional Cyber Defense Competition, which draws teams from schools in 12 Midwest states.

/ 6X champions of the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

“Southeast has become a preferred university for recruiting among top-level companies,” says Dr. Vijay Anand, director of Southeast’s cybersecurity program, faculty advisor to Southeast’s cyber defense team, and associate professor of computer science. “These types of companies always visit Ivy League universities, but our cybersecurity students are that good.”

Dr. Sumanth Yenduri, chair of the Department of Computer Science, says graduates of Southeast’s computer science programs have gone on to be employed by companies such as Google, Garmin, Vizient, Microsoft, and J.P. Morgan.

/ 12.5% enrollment increase in Southeast’s Computer Science program from 2017 to 2018

The new Cyber Range will provide an enhanced environment for specialized cybersecurity testing and training. It is an educational virtual computing platform that enables students, faculty, and researchers to access computational resources and augments and facilitates learning, research, and competitions. It will serve as both a resource to students and faculty and assist in providing the infrastructure to host and promote education and training opportunities. It will also house the internet of Things (IoT), a connected mesh of cyber-enabled physical devices allowing control, interaction, and observation of event outcomes of such devices remotely. The IoT Lab at Southeast researches efficiency, security, privacy, and integration-related issues on devices. It will be equipped with the latest hardware for experimentation with remote service accessibility enabled by the Cyber Range.


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