Directors Note

Morgan Zantua

As the Executive Director, I welcome you to the City University of Seattle’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (C4CyI), an NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence (CAE). Our center has a unique approach to integrating cybersecurity into the 21st Century technology & computing landscape.
In 2020, the School of Computing & Technology (STC) officially became the newest school led by Dean Sam Chung. We renamed The Center from The Center for Information Assurance Education to C4CyI to reflect our holistic systems-thinking design methodology. Cybersecurity is an element designed into our programs; it is not an afterthought.
We start the year with four grant funded projects. Two projects increase the number of high school cybersecurity teachers as we look at addressing the next generation of security savvy technology professionals. Two projects support adults transitioning into cybersecurity.

In the span of two years, much has changed at CityU. Our CIAE is embedded into the School of Computing & Technology (STC), which officially became the newest school at CityU in January 2020. Lead by Dean Sam Chung, STC’s CIAE’s holistic systems-thinking design methodology considers Cybersecurity a design element, not an afterthought.

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C4CyI and CityU align academic offerings with the appropriate accrediting organizations. Programs can be certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge standards, National Initiative for Education Training Programs (NIETP), or the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). Our instructional design ensures students enrolled in STC courses, certificates, and degrees, have the tools, hands-on experience, and latest technological information. STC students are prepared to advance in their current career or transition into an emerging technology career. STC integrates Professional Development, those qualities managers require.


C4CyI is the umbrella for multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate and share their knowledge with others. Our student run organizations include the Cybersecurity Club, Data Science Club, Google Developer Club, and Tech Club.  Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend club meetings in-person or virtually to learn more about computing and technology. Since COVID-19 club presentations and meetings are accessible virtually and presentations are recorded for future viewing. We realize our students are working adults with family and professional commitments. 

Faculty-driven research groups support student and faculty publications. 

Communication & Service

The weekly STC Thursday Byte e-newsletter shares activities, events, Invited Talks, and features student and faculty accomplishments. Scholarship and internship opportunities are posted on the Center website, announced in classes, and  in STC’s Thursday Byte. Archived STC Thursday Bytes are available HERE and you can email STC Info to add your name to the weekly distribution list.

I hope you will become involved in the CityU C4CyI community. 

Your thoughts and feedback are important. Until we put a more formal process in place, address all comments, questions, or concerns to Morgan Zantua. SUBJECT LINE: C4CyI DIRECTOR. 

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