The Cybersecurity Center for Research, Education and Outreach (CCREO) was established to integrate university wide existing activities and initiatives in cybersecurity research, education, and outreach.

It is dedicated to facilitate collaboration in cutting-edge research among faculty members of diverse disciplines, provide high quality degree and certificate programs, advise student groups, and organize events in the area of cybersecurity and information assurance. CCREO is helping to address the national concern for producing more cybersecurity professionals and advancing the knowledge and practice of cybersecurity.

The Cybersecurity Center works closely with the college's Extended Learning and Outreach to develop programs that prepare K-12 students for a career in cybersecurity or other STEM fields. The Center also provides a variety of training programs and services that bridge the talent gap for our corporate customers to meet the rising demand for cybersecurity professionals. 

Our Research

Research of faculty members affiliated with the center has been sponsored by various industry partners and federal government funding agencies. Research results have been published in leading academic journals and conferences with world-wide distribution.

Some of our key research areas:

  • Automotive cybersecurity (OTA, CAN, V2X, etc.)
  • Data security and privacy (big data, data outsourcing, multimedia data, etc.)
  • Wireless device and pervasive computing security (RFID, smartphone,IoT, CPS, etc.)
  • Network security (VANET, sensor network, etc.)
  • Cloud computing security and privacy (virtualization, data outsourcing, service, etc.)
  • Digital forensics (computer, network, multimedia, etc.)
  • Risk assessment (Foreign policy, cyber warfare, etc.)
  • Big data analytics 
  • Applied cryptography
  • Affiliated Faculty




    Research Interests

    Anys Bacha

    Assistant Professor

    Computer and Information Science

    Side channel attacks, authentication, privacy, applied machine learning, systems, computer architecture, energy efficiency, emerging memory technologies, I/O and accelerators

    Kevin (Hua) Bai

    Associate Professor

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Vehicle security with new microprocessors for future autonomous and electric vehicles

    Jinhua Guo

    Associate Professor

    Computer and Information Science

    Security and privacy in vehicular networks, computer networking, distributed systems, optimization

    Jun He

    Associate Professor

    College of Business

    Privacy, cybersecurity, technology acceptance, project management, survey research

    Chun-Hung Liu

    Assistant Professor

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Physical layer security, modeling, analysis, design of 5G cellular networks and secure control of cyber-physical systems

    Di Ma

    Associate Professor

    Computer and Information Science

    Automotive security, wireless security, data security and privacy, applied cryptograph

    Hafiz Malik

    Associate Professor

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Automotive cybersecurity, multimedia forensics,information security, information hiding, steganography, steganalysis, pattern recognition

    Brahim Medjahed

    Associate Professor

    Computer and Information Science

    Privacy in service/cloud computing, data integration, semantic web, service computing, linked open data, cloud computing

    Juliette Roddy

    Associate Professor

    Social Sciences

    Health records, criminal records, electronic medical records, Ethics, substance use, re-entry

    Adnan Shaout


    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Automotive engineering, embedded systems, software engineering methods, cybersecurity, computing and networks, Fuzzy Logic and machine learning.

    Shengquan Wang

    Associate Professor

    Computer and Information Science

    Security and privacy, operating systems, real-time systems, computer networks, machine learning

    Weidong Xiang


    Computer and Information Science

    Physical layer security, V-V communications and networks based DSRC and LTE, IoT and machine type communication

    Feng Zhou

    Assistant Professor

    Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

    Biometric Verification and Vehicle Cybersecurity

  • Recent News

    Dr. Di Ma, CIS, gave an invited talk on “Safe and secure vehicle platooning” in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series of Michigan State University on November 30, 2017. [Nov. 2017]

    Dr. André Weimerskirch, VP Cyber Security at Lear Corporation, gave a seminar on “V2V security and privacy” in the CIS Distinguished Seminar Series on October 5, 2017.  [Oct. 2017]

    John Krzeszewski, Cybersecurity Engineering Technical Manager at Delphi Electronics & Safety, gave a talk on “connecting the phone to the car: Protecting personal information and securing the interface” in the CECS Industrial Speaker Series on September 29, 2017. [Sept. 2017]

    Dr. Hafiz Malik, ECE, was awarded first prize in the poster category (authors: Omid Avatefipour, Azeem Hafeez, Muhammad Tayyab, Hafiz Malik) during the 8th Cybersecurity Conference, held at the New York Institute of Technology on September 28, 2017.

    Dr. Di Ma and Dr. Brahim Medjahed, both from CIS, together with their Ford research collaborator Dr. Pramita Mitra, provided a panel talk on "Navigating security and privacy in next-generation of mobility" in Automation Alley Tech Takeover program on August 30, 2017. [Aug. 2017]

    Dr. Di Ma and Dr. Jinhua Guo, both from CIS, together with Dr. Yujian Fu from Alabama A&M University, organized the 3rd online Faculty Workshop on Pervasive and Mobile Computing Security on July 24, 2017.  [Jul. 2017]

    The SAFE lab receives a CAN simulator from VisualThreat, a leading connected-car security vendor based in Silicon Valley. The simulator allows students to interact with the CAN network through a smartphone app and learn CAN security through hands-on labs. The SAFE lab is led by Dr. Di Ma. [Dec. 2016]

    Dr. Ma is invited to speak in the 4th Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit to be held in San Francisco. [Oct. 2016]


Beginning Fall 2017, the Computer and Information Science Department will offer a BS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with two concentrations: (1) Cybersecurity and Privacy; (2) Digital Forensics.

Cybersecurity Center Committees

  • Executive Committee

    Di Ma, Associate Professor/CCREO Director (CIS)

    JinHua Guo, Associate Professor (CIS)

    Hafiz Malik, Associate Professor (ECE)

    Brahim Medjahed, Associate Professor (CIS)

    Carrie Shumaker, Chief Information Officer (UM-Dearborn)

    Feng Zhou, Assistant Professor (IMSE)

  • Steering Committee Members

    Di Ma, Associate Professor/CCREO Director (CIS)

    Debi Butler, CECS Graduate Programs (CECS)

    Kevin (Hua) Bai, Associate Professor (ECE)

    Jun He, Associate Professor (COB)

    Juliette Roddy, Associate Professor (CASL)

    Adnan Shaout, Professor (ECE)

    Aditya Viswanathan, Assistant Professor (CASL)

    Shengquan Wang, Associate Professor (CIS)

  • Industry Advisory Board Members

    Joseph Buck, Director, Product Cybersecurity - Autonomous and Urban Active, GM

    Celeste Fralick, Chief Data Scientist, MCafee

    John Moore, Cyber-Security Supervisor, Advanced Engineering and Research, Ford

    John Krzeszewski, Chief Engineer, Cybersecurity, Autonomous, APTIV

    Jonathan Petit, Senior Director of Research, Onboard Security

    Andrew Wimerskirch, VP Cybersecurity for E-Systems, Lear Cooperation

Dr. Di Ma

105 CIS

Cybersecurity Center

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