2016 Impact Report

    A Valuable Partnership Supporting a Growing Need

    For decades, the University of Dayton has been at the forefront of advanced research and technology. This leadership role continues to grow, bolstered by research-minded academic programs, UDRI's ground-breaking work, and support from industry partners, including a long-standing community partnership with Premier Health.

    With increased industry and personal dependence on digital and electronic resources, cybersecurity has become a pressing need. Domestic and global threats endanger our information security, looming over every facet of our lives. Thanks to a lead gift from Premier Health, the University is combating these ever-growing threats — and preparing students to excel in a rapidly growing field — with the establishment of the Center for Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence.

    The center will enable the University to take a lead role in cybersecurity research and education, furthering and consolidating a cybersecurity focus already part of curriculums across campus. A hands-on, lab-basedTechnology environment will allow students to obtain real-world cybersecurity experience and encourage students from various disciplines, such as engineering, computer and social sciences, and business, to work together to address challenges.

    In addition, the center's capabilities will foster much-needed research to stay ahead of an endlessly moving target.

    "Cybersecurity is such an exciting field, and it is constantly evolving," noted Desktop Support Technician Everett Zornes '18. "You have to stay on top of the technology and the trends. And having a center where we can test different scenarios will help us better understand the threats."

    School of Business Administration Professor Dave Salisbury noted Premier Health's foresight in supporting such research. "Healthcare organizations are a clear target for those attacking information resources, and by engaging on the ground floor, Premier Health is both helping the University of Dayton and encouraging development of knowledge and expertise that will only help them face challenges ahead in this area," said Salisbury.

    The center will be located within the University's central IT staff offices, ensuring IT staff is deeply engaged in educating students, supporting faculty teaching and research, as well as collaborating closely with industry partners such as Premier Health. Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer Tom Skill said that the involvement of IT staff "is truly unique across most of higher education. None of my CIO counterparts are working with academic units in the way we do at UD."

    Another distinguishing feature of the center will be efforts to engage and inform the public. Various projects will meet this need, including a joint venture with Premier Health to develop and share a quarterly "Healthy and Secure Cybersecurity Practices for the Dayton Community" newsletter that will focus on protecting sensitive data, particularly healthcare information. The University is also planning to host a community forum on this topic and develop a mini-webinar based on the forum.

    Through these center initiatives, the University of Dayton and Premier Health show that today's greatest challenges can only be met through collaborative efforts — working together to better educate Flyer students and make the world a safer place.

    2017 Impact Stories

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    • Message from Dr. Spinaspina_200x180.jpgA message to alumni, parents and friends from Eric F. Spina.
    • Impact of Endowed Fundsimpact-student_280x290.jpgThe University of Dayton endowment creates a base of perpetual support for the mission of the University.
    • The Most Meaningful Impactmeaningful-court.jpgAt the University of Dayton, a gift's impact often goes far beyond bricks and mortar.
    • Answering Curran's Call to Actioncurran-call-main_400x375.jpgDaniel Curran imprinted his bold vision on every University program and initiative, including a signature program of his legacy, the Human Rights Center.
    • A Valuable Partnership Supporting a Growing Needpartnership-main.jpgFor decades, the University of Dayton has been at the forefront of advanced research and technology.
    • Giving Coaches What They Need to Succeedcoaches-main_350x285.jpgAll athletic programs rely upon the quality of their facilities to attract top talent and compete on a national level.
    • More Than an Educationmore-main-adam-tanesha.jpgWed-to-wed stories are common at any college, and the University of Dayton is no exception. Two examples? The Toias and the Pettys.
    • The Gift That Gives Backgives-main_400x346.jpgGifts of all kinds change lives at the University of Dayton, including gifts of time.
    • A New Home for a Vital Campus Programhome-main-520x505.jpgAlmost a quarter century ago, University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services took shape, and it has evolved into a vital - and life-saving - campus presence.
    • An Unexpected Path - and a Big Impactpath-main-300x300.jpgAt the University of Dayton, our Catholic, Marianist spirit extends into all facets of the institution.
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    A message to alumni, parents and friends from Eric F. Spina.


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