Cyber Leadership

Mason Engineering takes the lead with outstanding faculty. Our researchers are finding novel ways to secure the nation's infrastructure and protect data from hackers. Our teachers are training the next generation of experts to engineer cyber solutions.

  • Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau Associate Director, Center for Secure Information Systems, Center for Secure Information Systems

    Massimiliano Albanese is an associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, and he also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland.
  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Volgenau

    Foteini Baldimtsi has taught at George Mason University since 2016. Her research interests are cryptography, privacy, and data security. She focuses on designing provably secure cryptographic schemes for a variety of applications such as privacy preserving identity management, secure electronic payments and private and scalable blockchain transactions. She is a recipient of an IBM faculty award and her research is supported by NSF, NSA and the Zcash Foundation.
  • Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    As director of the first-of-its-kind BS in cyber-security engineering program at Mason, Peggy Brouse is passionate about building a new breed of cyber-security professional. As the nature of cyber threats has grown, the demand for timely response and effective action has built the groundwork for a discipline of anticipatory action and security design.
  • Associate Professor, Volgenau

    Ebrima Cessay’s primary research interests are at the intersection of computer security and machine learning. More specifically, he is interested both in using machine learning to improve software security and in improving security and reliability of the machine learning models themselves. He also regularly delves into insider, intrusion, misuse detection, adaptive and resilience systems, data science and as well as advance analytics.
  • Associate Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Paulo Costa has applied his significant experience as a fighter pilot to a career specializing in the field of electronic warfare and flight safety, which in conjunction with his research on probabilistic reasoning has led to applications in cyber and transportation security, heterogeneous data fusion, and decision support systems in healthcare, defense, and other areas. These topics are at the core of his classroom activities at both graduate and undergraduate level, as well as his research path.
  • University Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau BDM International Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Volgenau Director, Center for Secure Information Systems, Center for Secure Information Systems

    Sushil Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor, and the founding director of Center for Secure Information Systems in the Volgenau School of Engineering. He is also the founding site director of the NSF IUCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation at Mason. His research interests include security, privacy, databases, and distributed systems. His current research sponsors are the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), The U.S.
  • Jim Jones

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

    Jim Jones has been a cyber security and digital forensics practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 25 years in industry, government, and academia. That experience drives his teaching, which blends theory and practical applications, and his research, which focuses on the extraction, analysis, and manipulation of full and partial digital artifacts. Jim and his students spend their days (and nights) collecting and analyzing these digital clues and fragments, much like a traditional archaeologist works with old pieces of pottery or a detective works with crime scene evidence.
  • Kathryn Laskey

    Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau Associate Director, C4I Center, Volgenau

    With just a swipe or a keystroke, citizens of the Information Age expect instant access to vast stores of knowledge. Turning that expectation into reality is Kathryn Laskey’s passion. She develops methods for transforming data from a variety of sources into information to answer our questions and improve our decisions. She has applied her research to areas as diverse as detecting insider threats in information systems, predicting innovations in science and technology, protecting soldiers from improvised explosive devices, and understanding airline delays.
  • Cyber Security Engineering, Adjunct

    Rock Sabetto has worked in many roles during his engineering career, including technology researcher, adjunct professor, chief engineer, technology consultant, systems engineer, software and database developer, military officer, and undergraduate teaching assistant. Sabetto’s current research and analysis focuses on cloud computing security.  As a George Mason adjunct, he leads the Cyber Security Engineering Capstone program in the Volgenau School of Engineering.
  • Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology

    Kun Sun's research focuses on systems and network security. The main thrusts of his research include moving target defense, honeypot, Linux container security, forensic analysis of virtual machine, security on Internet of Things (IoT), side channel attacks, system resource isolation and access control, and password management. He has more than  ten years working experience in both academia and industry. Degrees PhD, Computer Science, North Carolina State University