Straub earns honor

He is named found­ing as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of NDSU In­sti­tute for Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search

Cherokee County Herald - - NEWS -

FARGO, N. D. — Jack­sonville State alum Jeremy Straub has been re­cently named as the found­ing as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of the North Dakota State Univer­sity’s new In­sti­tute for Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search. The in­sti­tute will co­or­di­nate ef­forts at NDSU and across the North Dakota Univer­sity Sys­tem re­lated to net­work, in­fra­struc­ture, soft­ware and other com­puter se­cu­rity ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

“The in­sti­tute presents an op­por­tu­nity to build on the strengths of mul­ti­ple se­cu­rity re­search pro­grams at NDSU, as well as re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in sev­eral ar­eas,” noted Straub. “As part of the process of stand­ing up the cen­ter, we’ve been iden­ti­fy­ing syn­er­gies around and be­yond the univer­sity that we can lever­age for stu­dent ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and public ben­e­fit.”

Straub’s role is in­te­gral in kick­ing off in­sti­tute ac­tiv­i­ties. He will be teach­ing a course re­lated to cy­ber-phys­i­cal sys­tem (such as robots, UAVs and space­craft) cy­ber se­cu­rity in the Fall, one of the first cour­ses taught that qual­i­fies to­wards the new cy­ber se­cu­rity stu­dent recogni-

tion within the NDSU De­part­ment of Com­puter Science’s bach­e­lor’s de­grees. This course will use a hy­brid on­cam­pus and dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion for­mat, fa­cil­i­tat­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween tra­di­tional stu­dents and in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers. Straub will also be lead­ing a cy­ber se­cu­rity aware­ness pro­gram for new stu­dents and is co­or­di­nat­ing sev­eral ef­forts to en­gage with the broader se­cu­rity com­mu­nity.

“The in­sti­tute broadly serves as a nexus for cy­ber se­cu­rity ex­cel­lence to serve the state, the up­per Mid­west, the na­tion and the world,” noted in­sti­tute Di­rec­tor Ken­dall Ny­gard, who also serves as NDSU’s Com­puter Science De­part­ment chair­man. “It builds upon the strengths of the univer­sity and its land grant mis­sion to meet the needs of the public for lead­ing-edge cy­ber se­cu­rity prac­tices.”

Straub’s own work in cy­ber se­cu­rity is multi-faceted. He cur­rently leads projects re­lated to se­cur­ing the sys­tems and soft­ware used for 3D print­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of in­tru­sion de­tec­tion tech­nolo­gies for self-driv­ing cars. He has also worked on satel­lite in­tru­sion de­tec­tion and cryp­tog­ra­phy, pre­vi­ously.

“A key goal of both our re­search projects and the in­sti­tute is stu­dent en­gage­ment, “noted Straub. “Cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment that also pre­pares a group of stu­dents to serve as lead­ers in the re­lated field is far more ben­e­fi­cial than ei­ther re­search or ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties alone.”

In ad­di­tion to his work on se­cu­rity, Straub also di­rects work on space­craft de­vel­op­ment, ro­bot­ics and au­ton­o­mous sys­tems. He re­ceived a M. S. in Com­puter Sys­tems and Soft­ware De­sign from Jack­sonville State in 2010, be­fore go­ing on to com­plete his Ph.D. in Sci­en­tific Com­put­ing at the Univer­sity of North Dakota.

‘The in­sti­tute presents an op­por­tu­nity to build on the strengths of mul­ti­ple se­cu­rity re­search pro­grams at NDSU, as well as re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in sev­eral ar­eas.’ Jeremy Straub Jack­sonville State alum

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