Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (CCI)

The CCI places A&M-Central Texas at the forefront of cybersecurity research, education, and training

Center for Cybersecurity Innovation

At A&M-Central Texas, CCI students will become the future business leaders, faculty, and security professionals needed to maintain the United States’ technological edge in cybersecurity.

About the CCI

Located in Founders Hall on the campus of A&M-Central Texas, the Cybersecurity Center for Innovation's mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in cybersecurity research and cybersecurity-related education. Our work will strengthen the nation's cyber systems against attack, and supports the goal of an A&M-Central Texas research park on our Central Texas campus.

CCI faculty come from diverse backgrounds in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, software engineering, computer forensics, internet of things, cyber-physical systems, computer networking, integrated circuits, semiconductor manufacturing among others.

CCI has four major functions:

  1. Guide the respective cybersecurity research that can lead to cybersecurity copyrights trademarks, and patent/commercialization, when appropriate.
  2. Provide a network for future cybersecurity grants and contracts
  3. Support cybersecurity education programs
  4. Develop and introduce networking and computing, especially cybersecurity and artificial intelligence programming to under-served, minority student population of the Central Texas region


Initial CCI activities will focus on research supported in part by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate under award FA8750-19-C-0077.

Research Activities

CCI research includes:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms, Techniques and Architectures for Cyber-Threat Detection and Mitigation
  • Machine and Deep Learning for Cybersecurity
  • Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things Security
  • Cryptographic and Encryption Algorithms and Protocols
  • 5G Security
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Forensics
  • Privacy Preservation
  • Systems Security
  • Authentication Techniques
  • Security Analytics
  • Watermarking and Fingerprinting Methods to Verify Integrated Circuit Integrity
  • Exploration of Scalable Methods of Characterization
  • Characterization of New Cybersecurity Materials

Outreach Programs

Creating a workforce of cybersecurity-aware Texas business leaders starts early: The College of Business Administration's cybersecurity summer camps educate eager high school STEM students on cybersecurity threats, best practices, and the tools and technology they will use to build and lead successful Texas businesses.

students in classroom


  • Anitha Chennamaneni, CCI Director, Professor and Department Chair, Subhani Department of Computer Information Systems
  • Taylor Harvey, Associate Professor
  • Alexandro Garcia, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Frantzy Mesadieu, Research Associate
  • Mohammad Nadim, Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Shalini Saini, Assistant Research Scientist
  • Gitika Vyas, Research Associate
  • Melissa Wunch, Postdoctoral Research Associate
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