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Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Cybersecurity Education

USM is committed to providing educational pathways in cybersecurity for traditional and non-traditional learners.

  • Our cybersecurity certificate program and academic minor provide students with knowledge, skills, and abilities for protecting and hardware, software, and data.
  • As a CompTIA Academic partner, and through collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders, we offer cybersecurity awareness and more advanced cybersecurity training through adult and K-12 learning and outreach programs.
  • Our faculty are active in innovative research and we are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in cybersecurity.


Our Programs

The certificate in applied cybersecurity is an option for industry professionals who want to upskill in the cybersecurity content area, for those looking to enter the professional sector from another vocation, and for undergraduates in any major who want to develop skills and competencies for cybersecurity defense.

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The Information Security minor provides foundational skills development in policies, processes, and technologies for application in securing information and managing the risks related to the use, storage, and transmission of data and information. 

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Our community outreach programs boost tech sector diversity and provide pathways to tech education in Mississippi.

Through collaborative efforts with partners including the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Mississippi Coding Academies, and Mississippi State University’s Bulldog Bytes, we are broadening participation in computing by recognizing girls with computing aspirations, abilities and technical accomplishments; provide alternative pathways to computing and cybersecurity education; and more! 

Beyond the education provided for the emerging workforce through our academic degree programs, the School of CSCE is involved with providing alternative pathways to computing and cybersecurity education in the state.

Mississippi Coding Academies

USM has partnered with the Mississippi Coding Academies to offer a new training program on the Gulf Coast. The program includes skills development for full-stack software development and cybersecurity defense. Participants will be prepared for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. USM is a CompTIA Academic Partner.

Cyber4Work Program

USM is offering cybersecurity awareness training and more advanced cyber training to veterans, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and residents of the Mississippi Delta region. This project is funded through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.  Contact: Julia Fink

Cyber to the Top is our K-12 outreach program that provides summer camp and other co-curricular activities. By engaging our youth with safe and fun active learning activities in computing and cybersecurity, we believe we can widen and diversify the pipeline of technical talent in the United States.

Cyber to the Top

Cyber to the Top is our K-12 outreach program that provides summer camp and other co-curricular activities.

Learning Blade

We recently partnered with Thinking Media to offer the Learning Blade platform to schools throughout Mississippi.

Learning Blade is a supplemental STEM and Computer Science toolbox of interactive online lessons, ready-to-use lesson plans and classroom activities proven to increase STEM and CS career awareness for middle school students.

Learning Blade is provided to Mississippi schools by USM, in collaboration with the MS Department of Education, with funding from Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund program.

USM partners with the National Center for Women and Information Technology to offer the Mississippi Affiliate Aspirations in Computing awards program. 

Aspirations in Computing (AiC)

This program recognizes girls and K-12 educators with aspirations, abilities and technical accomplishments in computing.

Affiliated Faculty

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School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

214 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5106
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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