Cyber Tigers are motivated and engaged students who are seeking opportunities to work on real problems that have applied impact in the community. These research experiences challenge students to think critically and creatively, take ownership of their work, become leaders, and solve new and novel problems. Students have opportunities to engage with community partners as well as leading researchers at other academic institutions.
Cyber Tigers’ research problems generally address applied cybersecurity, especially decision making and human behavior. Other projects have examined inventory logistics, student motivation, and the supply chain. Scroll down to learn more about our work as well as how to get involved.
Current Project: Protecting Voting Processes
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 made sweeping reforms to the nation’s voting processes to include voting systems and voter access. Changes to voting systems included electronic equipment and the phasing out of paper punch cards that became a point of contention during the 2000 Presidential election. The integrity of the new electronic systems was not challenged until the 2016 Presidential election, when the Department of Homeland Security admitted that 21 states, including Maryland, were targets of attacks to their voting systems*.
We are partnering with a county in a mid-Atlantic state to holistically examine potential physical, cyber, and human vulnerabilities to Election Day voting processes. We are identifying threats, proposing mitigations, and developing a model that manages total risk. We are also creating educational materials for Board of Elections personnel to use to train Election Judges and be cyber aware.
Specifically, we created a process map of the county's process and influence diagrams of relevant factors and forces. We are developing risk scorecards to assess likelihood and impact of concerns and also creating educational materials. We will implement mitigations into the real process in order to better protect and prepare the county for Voting Day.
Current Student: Megan Price
*Horwitz, S., Nakashima, E., & Gold, M. (2017). DHS tells states about Russian hacking in 2016 election. The Washington Post.
- Rachael Artes, Rachel Fredman, and Emil Manuel: A Value Model for Implementing Cyber Metrics and Best Practices | HotSoS | BTU
- Lorraine Black: Values and Trends in Cybersecurity
- Jasmin Farahani: Metrics and Best Practices for Cybersecurity | Paper
- Brittany Mattheu: Assessing Analytics Motivation in Business and Engineering Students
- Logan Minor and Vincent Schiavone: A Decision Model for Automated Identification Technology Devices for Naval Seabasing
- Sean Placide: A Quality Control Approach to Army Unit Readiness
- Alex Thierer: Cybersecurity Values of Small Legal Firms and Solo Practitioners
Towson University students who are fully admitted to the College of Business and Economics may earn internship or independent study course credit for their research. Business Administration majors may earn credit through BUSX 460; Project Management and Business Administration concentrations may earn credit through EBTM 496. Graduate students and undergraduate Honors College students may earn credit as a thesis or independent study.
Interested students should review the prerequisites and guidelines for BUSX 460 (undergraduate internship), EBTM 496 (undergraduate independent study), the Honors College, EBTM 795 (graduate independent study), or EBTM 881 (graduate capstone) to ensure they are eligible for course credit. Students should then contact me for more information and/or to apply for any open positions.