Cyber Security Institute
Mainly because of the complexity involved in securing the cyber systems, many organizations,
including governmental agencies and private companies, are not ready against potential
cyber attacks. The Houston region, a population, manufacturing, transportation and
economy center, is among the most vulnerable regions that are prime targets of cyber
and other attacks. A successful attack will cause unimaginable disruption and damages
to not only the city but also the nation's and the world's economy.
In order to provide research and education services to strengthen the region's efforts
of securing the cyberspace and cyber systems, faculty researchers in the University
of Houston-Clear Lake have engaged in educational and research activities related
to cybersecurity for the past decades. To establish a cybersecurity research and education
institute for the Houston region, Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz and Dr. T. Andrew Yang
from the School of Science and Computer Engineering have worked closely with representatives
of organizations in the Houston/Clear Lake area, including the NASA Johnson Space
Center (JSC) and the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP). One of the original
goals of this effort was to establish mutually beneficial projects that help to improve
JSC's and UHCL's overall capacity in cyber security and to promote cyber security
related research and education activities in the greater Houston area.
Dr. T. Andrew Yang, Executive Director, has in the past 12 years conducted research
and education in areas related to cyber security, including security of ad hoc networks,
wireless sensor networks, wireless local area networks, and computer security education.
In addition to teaching fundamental computer science courses at UH-Clear Lake, he
has developed and taught new undergraduate and/or graduate courses in cyber security
related areas, including Computer Security, Network Security, Web Security, and Security
of Wireless Sensor Networks. Dr. Yang's work has been funded by agencies such as the
National Science Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, etc.