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Cyber Protector

W. David Salisbury, University of Dayton Sherman-Standard Register Professor of Cybersecurity Management, has been tapped as the first leader of the University's new Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence, which was established to enhance the cyberhealth of the Dayton community with a lead gift from Premier Health.

"Dave brings a great deal of expertise and collaborative experience to this position. We are extremely excited about the new opportunities in experiential learning, research and industry outreach the center will develop under his leadership," said Tom Skill, University of Dayton chief information officer.

Salisbury, who helped create and now administers the cybersecurity course sequence in the University of Dayton's School of Business Administration, specializes in examining criminal and terrorist uses of information technology. In addition to his cybersecurity work, Salisbury has researched information technology influences on small group interaction, managing organizational knowledge and prices in online markets.

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, have published his work.  

In addition to Premier Health, the center's partners include the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education and CinDay Cyber Corridor, which work to increase the pipeline of students pursuing cybersecurity careers, and the Dayton information technology trade association Technology First.

The center hosts the Dayton Regional Cyber Range, a hands-on cybersecurity simulator that provides students with real-world experience in detecting and managing threats to computer systems. Funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s RAPIDS program, this cyber range is part of a regional collaboration with Sinclair, Clark State and Edison community colleges and Central State University.

The center's partners also work with the University of Dayton's faculty experts and information technology staff to grow a trained cyber workforce in the region, identify and test new cybersecurity practices, create education and awareness programs for employees, train information technology teams on incident readiness and response, share best practices with the greater Dayton community, and bring all that expertise into university classrooms.

Partners also benefit from opportunities to interact with University of Dayton students and graduates for internships and employment recruitment, as well as discounted access to the cybersecurity center's training and continuing education workshops, institutes and certification sessions.

"Bringing the region's experts together to address data security and analysis helps everyone better predict cyber risks and respond to and recover from cyberattacks," Salisbury said. "All of the partners support the goals of educating, attracting, retaining and supporting a local workforce that can recognize and respond to growing threats to information security."

The center, which will have a permanent home on the third floor of Miriam Hall, provides free, public resources to help protect sensitive data, including a blog and webinars at the related link.

Any organization interested in becoming a partner in the center can contact Salisbury at


News and Communications Staff