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Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity

We use technology every day, but just how safe is our personal information online? At what cost do we use the convenience of the internet? You don’t have to read the news long to see that as a society we are losing the battle in cyberspace. Malicious cyber activity costs our national economy billions of dollars each year. So, how do we protect our citizens? And how do we stop the attacks while protecting the rights of individuals?

The answer: Cybersecurity.

The Cedarville University Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity was created to advance the study of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity, which seeks to protect the rights of individuals and organizations in cyberspace, is now a crucial component to the proper functioning of the U.S. economy and to the safeguarding of our freedoms. Cedarville University’s cyber-trained faculty members; strong cyber academic programs; close proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a major hub of cybersecurity activity; and our positive reputation among cybersecurity communities in academia, industry, and government position us well to provide leadership in this growing field.

Cybersecurity Seal

Guardians of the Cyber Galaxy

Speaking at TEDxDaytonSalon, Dr. Seth Hamman, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity and Associate Professor of Computer Science, shares some unique insights about the differences between physical space and cyber space and their implications for security. He then explains how this impacts the way we need to educate the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.

Cybersecurity Course Lecture

In a lecture titled "Introduction to Adversarial Thinking for Cybersecurity," Dr. Seth Hamman explains adversarial thinking, why it is important for cybersecurity, and how to improve adversarial thinking skills.

Our Mission and Vision

The Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity at Cedarville University will advance cybersecurity in our nation by developing tomorrow’s cyber leaders in the classroom, shaping cyber education in the academy, and promoting cyber awareness in society.

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Developing Cyber Leaders

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Shaping Cyber Education

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Promoting Cyber Awareness

The Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity at Cedarville University, with the clarity, conviction, and character that arise from our Christian faith and values, will advance cybersecurity to the benefit of society.


Thank you to our sponsors for their generous financial support of our mission to advance cybersecurity.

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In the News

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Students Awarded Cybersecurity Full Ride and Internships

Aidan Graef, Madeline Chairvolotti, and Aaron Campbell (L-R), all junior computer science majors specializing in cyber operations, have been awarded scholarships that include full tuition, course fees, $1,500 toward a new laptop, and a $25,000 stipend.
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Developing K-12 Cyber Resources for the State of Ohio

Cedarville University has been named a Regional Programming Center (RPC) of the Ohio Cyber Range Institute (OCRI), providing cyber education materials for Ohio students.
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Adjusting to COVID-19, University Announces Revised Fall Schedule

Classes will begin August 17 and Christmas break will start November 25.
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University Prepares for August Return to Campus

Graduate and undergraduate students will be welcomed back to campus as scheduled on August 14-16, 2020.

Student-Centered Focus Leads Cedarville University During Coronavirus

Cedarville University President Dr. Thomas White announced this morning the university will teach online for the remainder of the semester.
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Cyber Operations Major Being Offered

Students can begin to enroll for classes this fall.
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Professors Contributing at Northrop Grumman

Dr. Keith Shomper, Patrick Dudenhofer, and Dr. Seth Hamman were hired to work at Northrop Grumman’s Cincinnati location, which houses the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions division.
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Cedarville Joins Dayton STEM Workforce Program

A consortium of university and business partners is working to train and retain local STEM talent.
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Duane Wood, Retired Academic Vice President, Home with the Lord

He built on Cedarville's quality education, taking its academic programs to new heights.

Cyber Guardians of the Digital Universe

Dr. Seth Hamman's TEDx Talk revealed the dangers of the cyber world and shared the importance of integrity and selflessness in the cybersecurity field.
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Breaking Down the Ethics on Artificial Intelligence

October 22 event will be held in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies.

Career Fair Features Boeing, Ford, and GE

Approximately 111 employers will be recruiting at Cedarville on September 25.
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Advancing the Study of Cybersecurity

Cedarville University's Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity is advancing the study of cybersecurity by developing future leaders in the field, shaping cyber education, and promoting cyber awareness in society.

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National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) has named Cedarville University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. This is a designation which only 20 other schools in the United States currently have.

Meet the Director

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Seth Hamman, Ph.D. – Director

Dr. Seth Hamman is the inaugural Director of the Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity and serves as Associate Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Hamman joined the faculty of Cedarville University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2012, bringing real-world experience to the classroom from having worked in the tech industry, both as an employee of a startup dotcom and as a consultant. As a researcher he is interested in helping shape the young-and-growing discipline of cybersecurity education and integrating the Christian faith and computer science. Dr. Hamman holds a B.A. in religion from Duke University, a M.S. in computer science from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in computer science with an emphasis in cybersecurity from The Air Force Institute of Technology.

Meet the Faculty Fellows

Keith Shomper

Keith Shomper, Ph.D. - Faculty Fellow 

Dr. Keith Shomper earned his PhD in Computer Science from the Ohio State University in 1993. In 2003, after his retirement from the United States Air Force and teaching assignments at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Air Force Academy, he joined the Cedarville University faculty in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. He continues to serve that School as a Professor of Computer Science and as a Fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity. In these roles Dr Shomper assists in the curricular design of Cedarville’s Computer Science (CS) and Cyber Operations (CY) majors. Dr Shomper also teaches a mix of courses for both the CS and CY majors in C++, algorithms, low-level programming, Linux system administration, and software engineering.

Patrick Dudenhofer

Patrick Dudenhofer, M.S. - Faculty Fellow 

Patrick Dudenhofer joined the faculty at Cedarville University in 2014 after spending a decade at the Air Force Research Laboratory researching human-computer interfaces for effective supervision of autonomous systems. When not instructing computer science and cyber operation students at Cedarville, Patrick works on his PhD dissertation focused on software reverse engineering automation and spends his summers at a cybersecurity defense contractor in the Miami Valley. His academic interests and research include software reverse engineering, human-computer interaction, cognitive modeling, and cybersecurity.

Meet the Student Fellow

Aaron Campbell

Aaron Campbell — 2021–22 Student Fellow

Aaron Campbell is a Computer Science major from Overland Park, KS. His stint at Cedarville has included four National Cyber League Competitions, three National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions, and he helped to start the Cyber Awareness events group. Aaron is pursuing the Cyber Operations specialization while also participating in the Honors program. As a recipient of the Department of Defense Cyber Scholars Program scholarship he will be contributing to the Navy’s cyber mission at the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic as a civilian after graduation. As the Student Fellow, Aaron is excited to help advance Cedarville's growing cyber program by creating a fun space for students to learn from one another and glorifying God through various competitions. Some leisurely distractions he enjoys include playing volleyball, spike-ball, and soccer with friends and reading philosophy, theology, and historical fiction.


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Advisory Council

The School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Council provides valuable industry and government insights and recommendations for our Cybersecurity Program.

Activities, Resources, and Presentations

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Using Technology Safely for Our Advantage

Alumnus and attorney Dino Tsibouris speaks to cybersecurity students about recent trends in information security and privacy laws.

Cyber Competitions

The Cedarville Cyber Team website provides information about competitions available to students, including the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and the National Cyber League.

Security Awareness

Cedarville's Information Technology department provides resources and general awareness of cyber security related topics.

Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity-Related Academic Programs at Cedarville

Cedarville University offers several strong cyber-related academic programs, equipping our students for career success.