Nicole Beebe, the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor, has been named chair of the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security in the UTSA College of Business. She will serve a three-year term.
“I look forward to Nicole’s leadership in continuing the growth of this department,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the UTSA College of Business. “Cyber security is a top priority for the college as well as UTSA.”
Beebe’s research interests relate to cyber security, cyber analytics, digital forensics and data analytics with applications to insider threat detection and analysis, malware threat detection and analysis, cyber risk analysis and advanced digital forensics tools and techniques.
“This is such an exciting time to be leading the UTSA Information Systems and Cyber Security department,” said Beebe. “The growth of our programs in the past few years is unbelievable, and our students are getting great internships and job opportunities post-graduation. We have also had several world-class researchers join our team in recent years, doing amazing research in cyber security, analytics, artificial intelligence and privacy.”
A member of UTSA’s faculty since 2007, she has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in top journals and conferences that have been cited over 1,000 times. She has over 20 years of experience in information security and digital forensics, from both the commercial and government sectors and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Beebe’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, various Department of Defense agencies and several industry partners. Her research has resulted in pending cyber search algorithm and multiple software platforms.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead of us–introducing new programs; strengthening existing ones; bringing the latest tools, technologies and research into the classroom; increasing our Ph.D. student enrollment and funding; and leading our department through the move to the School of Data Science downtown,” Beebe concludes.
She received her Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in information technology from UTSA, an M.S. in criminal justice from Georgia State University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University.