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About the Center

Facilities for Teaching, Learning, and Research

Meet the Center Director

Meet the Research Director

The Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence fosters collaborative research and experiential learning in an engaging, multifunctional hub space in the heart of the University of Dayton campus. The impetus for a center stems from a growing need for trained cybersecurity workforce as well as new, better methods for mitigating cybersecurity threats.

By bringing together experts from different disciplines to collaboratively address data security and analysis, the center drives developments in the theory and practice of cybersecurity and data intelligence. It provides an emphasis on understanding and predicting cyber risks, as well as responding to and recovering from cyber-attacks.

In the arena of data intelligence, the center also explores and utilizes rich techniques, such as data mining and machine learning. It is envisioned that the convergence of data intelligence and cybersecurity may produce more effective and resilient information security practices. In addition, the center hosts tools and applications needed for data analysis, allowing organizations to develop new knowledge and make better informed decisions.

The Facility

As part of the center's role an experiential learning hub, a multi-purpose teaching and research space is located within the University's central IT division.

The learning/research facility provides a hub for strategic partnerships with industry professionals and community members. Deploying new tools and processes, the facility supports better cybersecurity decisions driven by data and provides a space to train graduates on current and evolving threat landscapes. As a dedicated/isolated network and data center infrastructure, the hub hosts real-world simulations across the threat spectrum. Additionally, the hub features an experiential, hands-on lab space for multi-disciplinary teaching and learning. 


Dr. Dave Salisbury, Center Director

Dr. W. David Salisbury is the Sherman-Standard Register Professor of Cybersecurity Management in the Department of MIS, Operations Management and Decision Sciences and Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence at the University of Dayton.  He holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Calgary, an MBA from Miami University, and a BBA in Computer Systems in Business from Ohio University. Dave’s research has investigated information technology influences on small group interaction, managing organizational knowledge and prices in online markets. His more recent work includes describing criminal and terrorist uses of information technologies, infusing cybersecurity into the MIS curriculum and business intelligence.

Dave’s work has been published in Information Systems Research, Small Group Research, Information & Management, Decision Support Systems, Communications of the AIS, Group Decision & Negotiation, Electronic Markets and The Database for Advances in Information Systems, among others.  In 2016, Dave completed a term as Co-Editor-in-Chief at The Database for Advances in Information Systems, a tenure highlighted by a significant increase in the journal’s impact factor.  Dave also administers the cybersecurity course sequence in the SBA at UD, having led in its creation in 2010, and teaches coursework relevant to the NIST Risk Management Framework. Dr. Salisbury also holds the (ISC)2® Certified Authorization Professional certificate.  He has been engaged in ongoing cybersecurity initiatives, both at UD and in the Dayton community, has presented cyber-related topics at several conferences and workshops and comments frequently in local media about cybersecurity issues.


Wm. David Salisbury, Ph.D., Director

Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence 

Dr. Rusty Baldwin, Research Director

Dr. Rusty Baldwin is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Dayton.  He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from New Mexico State University in 1987, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1999.  He served 23 years in the United States Air Force and retired in 2004. For almost 15 years he was a faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology where he was a founding member and Research Director for the Center for Cyberspace Research. Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton he spent almost 4 years at a not-for-profit research company as Director of Research for their cyber security activities.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Senior Member of IEEE.  He has published over 100 journal and conference papers in various areas and is co-inventor on 3 patents and 7 USAF inventions. He has served at graduate research advisor for over 60 Masters and 10 doctoral students, and has been a member of over 100 masters and doctoral research committees.  He has been awarded 60 research grants and contracts totaling over $32M. His research interests include resilient and trusted systems, autonomous systems, cyber security, computer communication networks, embedded and wireless networking, and side channel analysis.


Rusty Baldwin, Ph.D., Research Director

Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence