SFS News



  • The AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program has graduated three Master's students and one Ph.D.  in its fourth class of students and has admitted two new SFS and four Industry  Master's students for Fall 2018.

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  • MIS Department adds Industry Employment Track to AZSecure Cybersecurity Program and extends application deadline for Fall 2018 to March 16th, 2018. The new Industry Employment Track recognizes the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals in industry. This track is in addition to the SFS program (Government Service Track).


  • The University of Arizona is now recognized by DHS and NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). The August 30th Daily Wildcat article mentions the role of the SFS scholarship program and cybersecurity research. This designation is expected to not just bring in more educational opportunities, but also more research opportunities. 
  • Great Wall of China SFS 2017 graduate Malaka El was awarded second place at the IEEE ISI conference in Beijing for her presentation of “Benchmarking Vulnerability Scanners: An Experiment on SCADA Devices and Scientific Instruments.”
  • SFS students attended IEEE ISI, Beijing to present their papers in July.
  • Four student authored papers will be presented at the IEEE ISI conference in Beijing, China on July 22-24, 2017 and published in the conference proceedings.
  • The AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program has graduated seven students in its third class of Masters students and has admitted seven new SFS masters and one new Ph.D. students for Fall 2017.

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Additional photos of the informal AI Lab recognition ceremony.

  • Current SFS students and mentors attended WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity Conference) held in Tucson, Arizona March 31st and April 1st. SFS Ph.D. student, Sagar Samtani, presented on his Hacker Web Portal work during the Cybersecurity Big Data and Analytics Sharing Workshop lead by Dr. Hsinchun Chen.
  • Drs. Sue Brown and Hsinchun Chen, SFS mentors, addressed WiCyS.


  • AZSecure Fellowship Director Hsinchun Chen hosted the Cybersecurity Big Data and Analytics Sharing Workshop co-located at WiCyS where participants presented current research using big data analytics in cybersecurity and discussed with the audience what their needs are for a future platform to facilitate the sharing of critical cybersecurity-related data and tools for research and education. SFS student Sagar Samtani presented his work on the Hacker Web Portal and  DIBBs-ISI Tool Inventory for ISI Research hosted on the prototype ISI data and tools repository azsecure-data.org
  • Current SFS students attended the SFS Job Fair during the Scholarship for Service Principal Investigators' Meeting in Arlington, Virginia January 2017. SFS Ph.D. student, Sagar Samtani, presented on his Hacker Web Portal work at the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Principal Investigators' Meeting.


  • The AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program had a one page write up in Eller Progress Magazine, October 4th. Read it on page 13.
  • Cybersecurity Innovation in the Artificial Intelligence Lab: Dr. Hsinchun Chen and Ph.D. student Sagar Samtani discuss the AI Lab's innovative cybersecurity research in an interview aired on Arizona Public Media's Arizona Week (program title, "Post-Snowden: More Conversations About Privacy, Cyber Security Innovation at The University of Arizona").  The interview begins at time signature 10:23 and follows a recap of the University of Arizona panel discussion, "A Conversation on Privacy."  Available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp4eRFMvu0k&list=PL8306C8F702BE72FE&index=3.


  • A new grant has been awarded by the NSF to PI Hsinchun Chen to create a Cybersecurity Education and Research portal.  The funding of approximately $350,000 has been awarded as a Supplement to the primary SFS award made in 2013.  The award will be used to support student explorations and analysis on cybercriminal assets such as hacking tools, malware, source code, etc., across different geopolitical regions. Tools, visualizations, and tutorials embedded within the system will guide users through their exploration of relevant content within a safe and secured environment
  • The Gen Cyber camps:  "Summer Camp, N.S.A-Style:  There's a Lot Less Hiking Than Hacking."  Read more about the GenCyber Camps, affiliated with NSF's Scholarship-for-Service program, on the New York Times website.


  • Advancing Cyber Security: Dr. Salim Hariri, Director, UA’s Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center. - Dr. Hariri, a cyber security expert and a professor in the UA’s College of Engineering, dreams of computer systems that manage and protect themselves from cyber attacks. And slowly but surely, he and his team are turning that dream into reality.
  • AI Lab Director and SFS PI Hsinchun Chen appeared on the Forensics Colleges list of top 15 cybersecurity professors. "Cybersecurity may seem like a sophisticated concept, and ... can include strategies for protecting identities and private information on the web as well as making the transference of information more secure on e-commerce sites. Our list of Top 15 Cybersecurity Professors includes those teaching and researching in the field or doing both," says the Colleges blog.
  • "$5.4M in Cybersecurity Big Data Grants Awarded" - Congratulations to MIS faculty Hsinchun Chen, Paulo Goes and Mark Patton for being awarded two security big data grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $5.4 million. The projects will address the significant cybersecurity research and education challenges facing the U.S. and the international community today. The first project, Cybersecurity Scholarship-for-Service at the UA or AZSecure, has been funded through 2018 with $4.2 million in total. The second project focuses on understanding cyber attackers and attacks via social media analytics. The project is funded through 2016 in the amount of $1.2 million.
  • The National Science Foundation administers the funding for SFS programs around the country. For proposal due dates, see the program solicitation, available in HTML, PDF, or TXT formats.