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Tech’s Siraj recognized as exceptional leader in education


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Ambareen Siraj, director of the Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center (CEROC), has been recognized by the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (The Colloquium) for “Exceptional Leadership in Education.”

Published Monday Jul 2, 2018

Ambareen Siraj, director of the Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center (CEROC), has been recognized by the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (The Colloquium) for “Exceptional Leadership in Education.” 

Siraj received the 2018 Academic Leadership of the Year Educator award at the National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education conference recently in New Orleans, Louisiana. This award places Dr. Siraj among a prestigious group of cybersecurity education leaders from across the nation in the academia, government, and industry sectors.

In addition to her work at CEROC, Siraj is a professor in Tech’s Department of Computer Science where she has led cybersecurity education and research efforts since 2006. 

“Dr. Ambareen Siraj has long been a leader in the department and in the cybersecurity education community,” said Jerry Gannod, chair of Tech’s Department of Computer Science. “Her continued success has led to a growing interest in Tennessee Tech and the Department of Computer Science as a destination for cybersecurity education. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and the value she brings to our students both in the classroom, research laboratory, and in her support for extra-curricular activities.”

Siraj's research areas of interest include smart grid security, sensor alert fusion with alert correlation and alert clustering, security metrics, security education and workforce development. She has authored/co-authored approximately forty journal and conference articles in these areas.

Siraj is the Founder and Chair of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference. She serves as the faculty advisor of TnTech Cybersecurity Club for students. She received the INSIGHT into Diversity 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award and has served as a Cybersecurity Fellow of the New America Foundation. 

The National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (NCISSE) was created in 1996 to provide a forum for dialogue among leading figures in government, industry, and academia. In June 2002, NCISSE expanded its mission to include greater international participation. To reflect this the organization formally changed its name to The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education or more simply — The Colloquium.  More information about the general program can be found at https://cisse.info

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