Interview with Shamik Segupta, PHD Executive Director, University of Nevada, Reno, Cybersecurity Center

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Dr. Shamik Sengupta, an Associate Professor and Executive Director for the UNR Cybersecurity Center at the University of Nevada, Reno was drawn to the computer science and engineering space from an early age.

Towards the end of his high-school career Dr. Sengupta decided to major in CSE. It was later down the road when he was amidst his PhD degree at the University of Central Florida that he became intrigued with the field of Cybersecurity and interdisciplinary aspects of the field. He then went on to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Take a quick look at a recent interview with Dr. Sengupta on his experience in the space of higher-education and Cybersecurity profession.

When did you first know you wanted to enter your field?

“Computer Science and Engineering field attracted me from a very early age and toward the end of high school period, I decided to major in CSE.” When I was doing my PhD degree at University of Central Florida and then Postdoctoral fellowship at Stevens Institute of Technology, I was getting very interested in the field of Cybersecurity and interdisciplinary aspects of this field.

What are you currently most passionate about in terms of your work or research?

I am very passionate about the technology of wireless networking and cybersecurity and my research primarily focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of these fields. I strongly believe that cybersecurity is beyond just the concept of computer science and only by exploring interdisciplinary approaches, as we cover in this online MS program, we can truly understand different dimensions as required by cybersecurity.

What are some research initiatives you plan to embark on in the near future?

My research initiatives look into network security and game theoretic aspects of cybersecurity. Game theory is a tremendous interdisciplinary tool which can help us in understanding about attackers’ strategies even in an incomplete information setting such as cybersecurity and thereafter can help us devising effective defense strategies to protect against cyber-attacks.

What excites you most about teaching in an online setting?

The possibility of reaching the students from all over the country. Also the possibility of reaching the full time working professionals who are interested in cybersecurity but due to their full time work responsibilities, it is difficult for them to come to UNR and complete their degree.

What are some emerging innovations or industry trends that are changing the way you approach teaching and your research?

By using lots of hands-on activities and interactive sessions. At UNR we have also developed a cybersecurity sandbox where students can learn every aspect of real-world hands-on cybersecurity without disrupting any organizational network. Thus our online MS program is not just theoretical and concept-driven but it is also oriented with real-world and hands-on driven.

What are some ways the UNR curriculum aligns with your teaching and philosophies?

By using lots of hands-on activities and interactive sessions. At UNR we have also developed a cybersecurity sandbox where students can learn every aspect of real-world hands-on cybersecurity without disrupting any organizational network. Thus our online MS program is not just theoretical and concept-driven but it is also oriented with real-world and hands-on driven.

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