Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity


The goal of the Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity at Hinds Community College is to proactively increase our understanding of robust information assurance and cyber defense technology, policy and practices that will enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. This program will contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art IA/CD knowledge and practice.


The Hinds Community College’s CAE vision is to:

  • Provide a program that is committed to excellence in the field of Cyber Defense education.
  • Strengthen the cybersecurity workforce by providing Cyber Defense education through certifications and an Associate of Applied Science degree program.
  • Build an effective education pathway model with K-12 schools to encourage students at an early age to enter cybersecurity fields of study.
  • Provide the Nation with a pipeline of qualified students poised to become the future skilled technical workforce.
  • Continuously improve the quality of its Cyber Defense Education program, curriculum, faculty, students, and other institutions.

Community Engagement

The Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity at Hinds Community College strives to promote cybersecurity awareness not only to students and employees at college but also to our community. Using webinars, career fairs, campus visits, being advisory board members, providing non-academic cybersecurity courses, showcases, and other activities the center connects and informs the public of the importance of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Program of Study

The Cybersecurity Technology option offers training in the areas of confidentiality, integrity, and availability in information security. Students will learn to install, design, manage, operate, plan, and troubleshoot a secure information technology infrastructure.

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from Hinds Community College.

    Cybersecurity Resources and News

    Below are various cybersecurity and government sites that provide information on cybersecurity as well as list some of the agencies and organizations responsible for securing the United States.

    Hinds Community College Competitions

    1. Wireless Security Quiz Bowl – This event is held during the fall semester.
    2. Cybersecurity Showcase Competition – This event is held during the spring semester.

    All Hinds students are encouraged to participate in these events. For exact dates, please contact the Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity director.

    Faculty & Industry Support

    Advisory Board Statement & Members

    Hinds Community College is grateful to have high-quality and supportive Advisory Board members, who volunteer their expertise and time to provide guidance for the advancement of the center, students, college, and community.

    • Ryan Allen – ConvergeOne
    • Jerry Ballard – ERDC
    • Steven Blanchard – Mississippi Lottery Commission
    • Terry Carr – Hinds Community College / Retired
    • Rigobelto Cedeno – Lithic LLC
    • JoAnn Cooper – Hinds Community College / Retired
    • Scott Donnan – Mississippi Lottery Commission
    • Sam Ferrell – Sanderson Farms
    • Jake Hampton – TechSystems, USA
    • Jeff Holland – ERDC
    • James McNair – Trustmark National Bank
    • Roderick Parker – Apple
    • Mark Scutch – Amazon
    • Ryan Stephens – Upton Technologies
    • Jeff Walters – AT&T

    Faculty Members

    Full-Time Faculty
    • Nishuta Anugu
    • Jim Dismuke
    • James Finch
    • David Rose
    Adjunct Faculty
    • Rigobelto Cedeno
    • Justin Eaves
    • Sam Ferrell
    • Jake Hampton
    • Bryan Keller
    • James McNair


    Connect With Us

    Whether you are a current student, potential student, member of the community, in the IT field, or work in a private or public entity, we want to connect with you. If you are interested, want more information, or desire to take part with us, please contact:

    David Rose
    Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity Director
    Information Systems Technology