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California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is a national leader in cybersecurity education. Due to the excellent curriculum and faculty expertise in cybersecurity, CSUSB has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2008. As a reflection of this excellence, CSUSB was just designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense/Information Assurance through 2021. We were further recognized for our specialty areas in Cyber Investigations and Network Security Administration.

Business Administration with a Cybersecurity concentration was one of the first cybersecurity tracks in California. We have now expanded to include Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and National Security Studies. The Information and Decisions Sciences (IDS) department within the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration received cyber security grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other federal and state agencies. These grants allow us to offer full-ride scholarships and help make cybersecurity programs available across disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

From our award-winning Cyber Defense teams to well-equipped cybersecurity lab, CSUSB will help you receive the education you need to succeed in the field.


In Spring 2018, a team of six students worked with Argonne National Laboratory to research the threat connected vehicles pose to society. The course was 15 weeks long including hands-on actives like diving under the hood of a Volkswagen Beetle as well as researching, special guest speakers, and formal presentations to technical directors.    
Out of the team of students, two of them were selected for a fully paid 10-week summer internship at Argonne National Laboratory to continue their research. In Fall 2018, the class narrowed its scope by going from theoretical to practical applications. The students took a look under the hood of a 2008 Hyundai Sonata, understanding the electrical and computerized components, to create a test bench of the same network protocol that will be used for wireless vehicle communications. This has allowed students to test and learn about the network as well as explore areas of vulnerability.
Students that take the course will be eligible to potentially attend an eight-week summer camp at Purdue University.
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DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program

Applications are NOW OPEN! The DoD IASP application must be submitted to JB282 by February 1st. We will be holding two scholarship information sessions in room JB280 from noon-1PM on January 15th and 23rd. If you are not able to physically attend these sessions, not to worry, all sessions will be available on Zoom! We hope to see you in attendance!

Click Here to Attend Via Zoom - ID: 650-349-1799

Benefits of the Scholarship:
Students selected to participate in the Information Assurance scholarship program will receive the full cost of tuition as well as a monthly stipend ($22,500 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduates) to cover room and board. In addition, all students selected must sign a written agreement to work for the DoD, for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance.
Students are also expected to attend internships with the DoD during the summer, which will be arranged by the DoD, while he/she is receiving scholarship funding. Internships do not count towards the 1-2 year obligation requirements after completing the scholarship program.

Application Requirements:
Please use the CSUSB DoD IASP application provided below. For application help, refer to the Program Information and Application Instructions attachments below. Applicant must meet with Dr. Tony Coulson during their application process.

If you have any questions, contact the Cybersecurity Center at or (909) 537-7535.

Faculty Office Hours 

Tony Coulson
Mondays & Wednesdays
11:00am - 1:00pm
Jack H. Brown Hall Room 282

 Vincent Nestler
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Jack H. Brown Hall Room 513


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