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Meet Our Professors: Rob Robertson, Computer Science and Information Systems

 

Training young minds to battle the next wave of those with malicious intent, cyber security, Dr. Rob Robertson started in the field of information systems and quickly became entrenched in cyber security. He has now helped create and implement a master’s degree program in cyber security and information assurance.


 

 

Title
Department Chair and Graduate Director for the Master’s in Cyber Security & Information Assurance

Department
Computer Science & Information Systems

How long have you been working at SUU?
15 years

Where did you grow up?
Portland, Oregon

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in History with a minor in English at Portland State University
-Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Portland
-Doctorate in Information Systems Security at Nova Southeastern University

Where did you work before coming to SUU/do you work somewhere else in this field?
BYU-Hawaii teaching information systems courses

Rob-Robertson-1.gifWhen and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I have always had a love of computers. The last 10 years have drawn me into the security and forensics side of computers. This field of study is constantly changing and presents many challenges in regards to protecting individuals, their information, and company resources from those with malicious intents.

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?

The most interesting thing about my particular field is that there is so much information that can be retrieved from computers about our lives. We have the capability to paint a picture of what you do on computers and online. Even when the bad guys try to hide their tracks, we can still find some of those tracks and build a portrait of what was done, and how they did it.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
Advanced Persistent Threats and Network & Internet Forensics

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
The creation and implementation of a master’s degree in cyber security and information assurance at SUU.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
College is life. We can provide you with technical skills in a particular area, but there are so many other skills you need to develop along the way as well. Communication skills (written and oral) are crucial to succeeding in whatever career you choose, regardless of whether it is in computer science, information systems, cyber security, or non-technical careers. Take advantage of the opportunity while in school to develop these skills in EVERY class you take. Nothing can substitute for a strong work ethic. College is not easy, but will help you shape your perspectives, values, and skills for the rest of your lives.