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MassBay Center for Cybersecurity



Word Cloud medium size With ever increasing threats and risks to organizations’ information and data, the need for employees who can identify, prevent, mitigate, and address the threats to their network is at an all time high.

MassBay has responded to the growing regional and national need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals by creating a Center for Cybersecurity Education.

The Center is built around MassBay’s Cybersecurity programs (certificates and the first A.S. degree in MA) and align with national frameworks and educational guidelines.


The Center’s role:

  • Share curriculum and best practices with community colleges
  • Engage students in the field through workshops and competitions
  • Offer educational resources and event promoting security awareness
  • Collaborate with regional high schools and other organizations to recruit students to maximize the diversity of the field
  • Collaborate with other community colleges and 4-year institutions (both public and private) on projects as well as creating pathways for graduates with associate degree
  • Collaborate with regional industry, professional organizations (ISC2, CompTIA), state and local IT/security departments, and others (chambers of commerce) to facilitate resources and fill the gap in the Cybersecurity workforce

MassBay’s Center for Cybersecurity Education resources and collaborators will help realize the goals of the new NSF ATE grant, ACT: Attracting the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce.


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Meet the Center’s Team

Shamsi Moussavi

Director of Center for Cybersecurity Education

Shamsi Moussavi, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Professor of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, has been with MassBay Community College since 2004. She developed MassBay’s Cybersecurity program curricula, two certificates and an Associate degree in Science in Cybersecurity, which is the first (and only) degree of its kind approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. She was the Principal Investigator (PI) for NSF ATE grant iCREAT and iTEST as well as Co-PI on other NSF grants (iTEST and Transform), advised scholars of S-STEM grant, and collaborated on BATEC grant . She is the PI for MassBay’s new NSF ATE grant ACT: Attracting the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce. She represents MassBay at the state level effort on Cybersecurity initiative, articulations and/or pathways for Computer Science and Cybersecurity as well as outreach, specifically for underrepresented high school students. She has collaborated on and presented papers and posters and conducted workshops on CS and Cybersecurity topics at multiple conferences. Shamsi worked as software engineer and Principal Member of Technical Staff in industry before joining academia. She received her M.S. in Computer Science from Brown University and sits on the advisory board for the Computer Science department at Rhode Island College, where she earned her B.A. in Computer Science.

Tony Sena

Professor and Chair of the Computer Science department

Tony Sena is a Professor and Chair of the Computer Science department at MassBay in the areas of computer networks, IT, Linux OS, and databases. He has been an instructor and Academy Leader for MassBay&esquo;s Cisco Networking Academy since 2015. He is also an Associated External Collaborator at the CMINDS center at UMass Lowell. He was a Co-PI on two NSF ITEST & ATE grants to provide an integrated approach for creating STEM career pathways for high school & community college students, and pathways to middle-skill positions through the introduction to coding, robotics, electronics, and technology. He is now the Co-PI for MassBay’s new NSF ATE grant ACT: Attracting the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce. Previously, Mr. Sena worked as a consultant in the area of networking, and LDAP (Directory Services). He has also worked in industry as a Software Developer, Network Engineer & Consultant, and Network & System Administrator.

Ryan Fried

Adjunct professor of Cybersecurity/Computer Science

Ryan Fried, adjunct professor of Computer Science has been teaching at MassBay Community College for 3+ years and taught at Middlesex Community College for 2 years in the areas of computer networks, IT and security. Ryan works as a Security Engineer in industry in Boston and has worked in the cybersecurity field for 8+ years. Ryan is one of the senior personnel for MassBay’s new NSF ATE grant ACT: Attracting the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce.He received a M.S. in Cybersecurity from UMass Lowel, Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. Ryan is CISSP and Microsoft Azure Security Engineer certified.



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