Our History

Directed by Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI) has evolved over the past 12 years.

UTD was designated as an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Education in June 2004, and subsequently the Cyber Security Research Center was established in October 2004. Its research funding reached over $1M in Fall 2007. It became one of the first universities to be designated an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research in 2008. CSI received a re-designation as an NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education for academic years 2014 - 2021. In 2015 it became the first university in Texas and the 14th in the US to receive NSA's highly prestigious National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

Since 2008, its funding has been increasing rapidly including several prestigious awards such as 100% success with NSF CAREER, multiple AFOSR YIPs, and DoD MURI. With the NSF $1.8M Scholarship for Service Award in September 2010, the Cyber Security Education Center was established in September 2010. Between 2004 to 2016, CSI grew to twelve core professors and generated $32M in research and $8M in education funding. With the GenCyber award from NSA/NSF to train high school students in cyber security during summer 2016, CSI established the Cyber Security Training and Outreach Center in September 2016. CSI members frequently appear on DFW television discussing cyber security attacks as well as write for national newspapers including the New York Times.

The Institute has received funding from federal agencies and labs such as NSF, AFOSR, IARPA, DARPA, NGA, NASA, ONR, ARO, NIH, NIST, MITRE and Sandia as well as from corporations such as Raytheon, Nokia, Cisco, VMware, IBM, and Intel. The Institute also releases open source software tools for the research and development communities. The Institute conducts extensive interdisciplinary research including on risk and cost-based security, the behavioral aspects of security and cyber security policy. Members routinely publish in top tier venues such as IEEE Security and Privacy Conference, ACM CCS, NDSS, Usenix Security, ACSAC, ACM KDD, IEEE ICDM, ACM SIGMOD, PVLDB, IEEE ICDE, CRYPTO and Eurocrypt.

In addition, to training high school students in cyber security theory and practice, CSI also carries out extensive outreach to educate women and minority communities by giving presentations at various events. Members of CSI co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security conference in March 2016 and subsequently established the Center for Engaging Women in Cyber Security.

The Institute will continue to conduct outstanding reseach, provide excellent education and carry out extensive outreach in cyber security to achieve its mission of being a national resource in cyber security.