UD names leader of new cybersecurity and data intelligence center

W. David Salisbury, UD professor of cybersecurity management.

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W. David Salisbury, UD professor of cybersecurity management.

The University of Dayton has hired the first leader for its regional cybersecurity and data intelligence center.

W. David Salisbury, UD professor of cybersecurity management, was announced by the university today as the new leader for the center.

Salisbury helped create the cybersecurity course sequence in UD’s school of business administration, according to the university. He specializes in examining criminal and terrorist uses of information technology.

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“We are extremely excited about the new opportunities in experiential learning, research and industry outreach the center will develop under his leadership,” Tom Skill, UD chief information officer said in a prepared statement.

UD and Premier Health announced in January 2017 that they would team up for the new cybersecurity and data intelligence center. Premier donated the lead gift for the center, which the university called “substantial.”

The approximately $3 million center will be located at Miriam Hall on UD’s core campus, not at the former Montgomery County fairgrounds, which UD and Premier purchased last year.

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Along with Premier, the center’s partners include the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, CinDay Cyber Corridor and the Dayton information technology trade association Technology First, according to UD. The center hosts the Dayton Regional Cyber Range, a cybersecurity simulator that allows students to get experience in detecting threats to computer systems.

“Bringing the region’s experts together to address data security and analysis helps everyone better predict cyber risks and respond to and recover from cyber attacks,” Salisbury said in a prepared statement.

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