MARIE A. WRIGHT, Ph.D., CHS-V
Western Connecticut State University
Management Information Systems Department
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: (203) 837-9344
Major Field: Information and Control Systems
Minor Field: Management Science
Dissertation: An Investigation of the Perceptions of ATM Security Issues Maintained by Bank Officials within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MBA Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Master of Business Administration
Thesis: Social Anxiety and Student Personal Development
B.S. University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, MA
Management Information Systems
Summa Cum Laude
The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, Springfield, MO
Certified in Homeland Security, Level V (CHS-V) – October 2009
Certified in Homeland Security, Level IV (CHS-IV) – April 2006
Certified in Homeland Security, Level III (CHS-III) – July 2003
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
Management Information Systems Department
Appointed Connecticut State University Professor of Management Information Systems, Spring 2013
(Lifetime distinguished professor appointment)
Twice received the Ancell School of Business Faculty of the Year award: 2009-2010 and 2003-2004
(School-wide competition; single recipient elected by the Student Government Association)
Wrote the documentation for three MIS courses (MIS 307 – Social Media in Business; MIS 321 – Digital Forensics I; and MIS 325 – Digital Forensics Software)
Wrote the proposal for the MIS Security Lab
Established WCSU’s information assurance website (http://www.wcsu.edu/asb/mis/ia.asp)
Developed an advanced information systems security course (MIS 361 – Information Assurance)
Developed the first interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Information Security Management, offered within a school of business, in the United States
Developed a minor in MIS
Developed the first undergraduate course in information systems security, offered within a school of business, in the United States (MIS/JLA 341 – Information Systems Security)
Twice compiled, wrote, and submitted the documentation required for WCSU’s security courses in the MIS/Information Security Management option to become nationally recertified by the Committee on National Security Systems of the National Security Agency under Standard 4011, National Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals. Current certification is valid through 2017.
Compiled, wrote, and submitted the documentation for WCSU’s security and technology courses to be nationally certified by the Committee on National Security Systems of the National Security Agency under Standard 4011, National Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals, and Standard 4013, National Standard for System Administrators in Information Systems Security.
Obtained scholarship funds from the Connecticut Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (CT-ISSA). Funds were awarded annually to students in the MIS/Information Security Management program (December 2003 – December 2010)
Received a $25,000 grant from the National Security Agency to support students enrolled in Western Connecticut State University’s undergraduate security courses during the 1999-2000 academic year. (First time NSA had awarded a grant to be used for undergraduate student scholarships)
· Information Systems Concepts
· Information Systems Security
· Data Analysis and Integration Software
· Information Assurance
· Business Models
· Introduction to Management Science
· Decision Support Systems
· Information Systems Management
College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA
Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Assistant Professor, Summer 1986 – Fall 1989
· Computer Science I
· College Mathematics with Applications
· Computer Science II
· Linear Algebra
· Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
· Applied Algebra and Discrete Structures
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORK – Unclassified
Member – The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security
2014 – present
The ABCHS is a national board that serves a diverse membership of professionals, including active and retired military, law enforcement and security experts, first responders, and others dedicated to the mission of protecting our nation. Board members serve as subject matter experts on homeland security issues, and provide oversight to six other homeland security boards (The American Board of Intelligence Analysts; The American Board of Information Security and Computer Forensics; The American Board of Law Enforcement Experts; The American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection; The American Board for Certified Master Chaplains; and The American Board for Certification in Infrastructure Protection).
Member – The American Board of Information Security and Computer Forensics
2009 – 2013
The ABISCF is a national board established by the American College of Forensic Examiners and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Board members serve as subject matter experts, assessing, articulating, and meeting information security and computer forensics needs as they relate to homeland security issues.
Member – NSF National Visiting Committee for the CyberWATCH Regional Center
2006 – 2009
The National Visiting Committee is a review committee selected by NSF to oversee the CyberWATCH (Cybersecurity: Washington Area Technician and Consortium Headquarters) Regional Center. Committee members are responsible for annually visiting the Center’s headquarters in Largo, Maryland; reviewing the Center’s operations and programs; establishing its viability and adherence to the goals and objectives stated in the NSF grant proposal; determining the Center’s future potential; and preparing annual reports for NSF.
Advisory board member – National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET)/Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ Certification
2003 – 2004
NWCET and CompTIA are both well-known for their information technology workforce development, education and certification programs. Advisory board members are responsible for collaborating and working with government and industry personnel to establish common security skill standards in information and communication technology.
Panel Review Member – NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program
2001 – 2004
Served as a subject matter expert and reviewed grant proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program.
Member – NSF Education Steering Committee
Worked with individuals from the National Science Foundation to study the role of community colleges in information systems security education.
Subject Matter Expert – White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop policy recommendations for encouraging academic initiatives in information security.
Review Board Member – NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education program
1999 – 2003
Assessed the information security educational curricula at more than a dozen U.S. universities for recognition as National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
PUBLICATIONS – Abbreviated List
Wright, M., & Kakalik, J. (2007). Information security: Contemporary cases. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Wright, M., & Kakalik, J. (2007). Instructor’s manual for Information security: Contemporary cases. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Chapters in Books
Belon, B., & Wright, M. (2002). Case study: Creation of a degree program in computer security. In Protecting information: The role of community colleges in cyber security education (pp. 39 – 55). Washington, DC: Community College Press.
Wright, M. A. & Kakalik, J. S. (2000). The erosion of privacy? In R. M. Baird, R. Ramsower, & S. E. Rosenbaum (Eds.) Cyberethics: Social & moral issues in the computer age (pp. 162-170). Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
Wright, M. (1995). Business needs and cryptographic systems. In R. E. Umbaugh (Ed.) Handbook of IS Management, 4th ed. (pp. 225-235). New York, NY: Auerbach Publishers.
Wright, M. & Billings, R. (September 2014). Security implications of the electric smart grid. Security. Accessible at http://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/85785-security-implications-of-the-electric-smart-grid.
Wright, M. (Summer 2014). Mitigating the risk of gun violence through the use of technology. Inside Homeland Security. Accessible at http://www.abchs.com/ihs/SUMMER2014/ihs_articles_4.php.
Wright, M.A., & Drozdenko, R.G. (2013). Implications of student perceptions regarding the disclosure of sensitive information. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, 10(3), 79-97.
Wright, M. (Fall/Winter 2011). Domestic terrorism, cyber-radicalization, and U.S. college students. The Forensic Examiner, 20(3), 10-18.
Wright, M. (Winter 2008). Technology and terrorism: How the Internet facilitates radicalization. The Forensic Examiner, 17(4), 14-20.
Reprinted in Inside Homeland Security, (Winter 2008), 6(4), 50-56.
Wright, M. (Summer 2005). Information assurance education and the protection of U.S. critical infrastructures. The Forensic Examiner, 14(2), 33-37.
Wright, M. A. (February 2003). International terrorism response ignores privacy. Computer Fraud & Security, (2), 14-17.
Kakalik, J. S., & Wright, M. A. (July 2002). Using the online marketplace to find qualified infosec professionals. Computer Fraud & Security, (7), 10-12.
Wright, M. A. (October 2001). The Advanced Encryption Standard. Network Security, (10), 11-13.
Wright, M. A. (August 2001). Assessing the impact of security education initiatives on critical infrastructure protection. Computer Fraud & Security, (8), 8-10.
Wright, M. A. (May 2001). Keeping top management focused on security. Computer Fraud & Security, (5), 12-14.
Kakalik, J. S., & Wright, M. A. (December 2000). Privacy and security in wireless computing. Network Security, (12), 12-15.
Wright, M. A. (September 2000). The impact of quantum computing on cryptography. Network Security, (9), 13-15.
Wright, M. A. (July 2000). Virtual private network security. Network Security, (7), 11-14.
Wright, M. A. (November 1999). The evolution of the Advanced Encryption Standard. Network Security, (11), 11-14.
Wright, M. A. (September 1999). An overview of PKI. Network Security, (9), 14-17.
Wright, M. (February 1999). Third generation risk management practices. Computer Fraud & Security, (2), 9-12.
Wright, M. A. (October 1998). The elliptic curve cryptosystem: A synopsis. Network Security, (10), 14-17.
Wright, M. A. (August 1998). The need for information security education. Computer Fraud & Security, (8), 14-17.
Wright, M. A. (February 1998). A look at public key certificates. Network Security, (2), 10-13.
Wright, M. A., & Kakalik, J. S. (December 1997). The erosion of privacy. Computers & Society, 27(4), 22-25.
Wright, M. (September 1997). From key escrow to key recovery: Variations on a theme. Computer Fraud & Security, (9), 12-14.
Wright, M. (April 1997). Authenticating electronic cash transactions. Computer Fraud & Security, (4), 10-13.
Kakalik, J. S., & Wright, M. A. (Fall 1996). Responding to privacy concerns of consumers. Review of Business, 18(1), 15-18.
Wright, M. (September 1996). Securing Internet commerce. Computer Fraud & Security, (9), 10-12.
PRESENTATIONS – Abbreviated List
Wright, M. A. (2011, October 14). College students and information security: Assessing the likelihood that a breach will occur. Presented at the 2011 American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI) Executive Summit, Branson, MO.
Wright, M. A. (2004, April 3). Teaching security concepts using interactive technologies. Presented at the 18th Annual Connecticut State University Academic Computing Conference, New Britain, CT.
Wright, M. A. (2002, October 1). Successful partners in IA education. Presented at Norwalk Community College’s 3rd Annual News Luncheon, Norwalk, CT.
Wright, M. A. (2002, September 3). Infosec education and partnerships. Presented at the Swiss Reinsurance Global Information Security Conference, New York, NY.
Wright, M. (2002, June 26-28). Establishing a cybersecurity program. Session moderator and participant at the National Science Foundation workshop, The Role of Community Colleges in Cybersecurity Education. Washington, DC.
Wright, M. A. (2002, June 4). Western Connecticut State University and Norwalk Community College partnership in cybersecurity education. Presented at the 6th National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, Redmond, WA.
Wright, M. A. (2001, April 21). Recent security incidents. Presented at the 15th Annual Connecticut State University Academic Computing Conference, Danbury, CT.
Wright, M. A. (2000, April 15). Recent events in computer security. Presented at the 14th Annual Connecticut State University Academic Computing Conference, New Britain, CT.
Wright, M. A. (1999, June 1). Information security and the CEO. Presented at Western Connecticut State University’s CEO Forum, Ridgefield, CT.
Wright, M. A. (1999, May 25). Information systems security education at Western Connecticut State University. Presented at the 3rd National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, Palisades, NY.
Wright, M. A. (1998, October 6). Security planning and risk management. Speaker and session chair at the 21st National Information Systems Security Conference, Arlington, VA.
Wright, M. A. (1998, September 14). Incorporating INFOSEC into the undergraduate curriculum at WCSU. Invited presentation for the National Security Agency’s Deputy Director for Information Systems Security, Ft. Meade, MD.
Wright, M. A. (1998, June 16-17). Incorporating INFOSEC into undergraduate education at Western Connecticut State University. Presented at the 2nd National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, Harrisonburg, VA.
Co-Principal Investigator, NSF Grant #0201873
Computer Security and Data Assurance Associate Degree Program
September 15, 2002 – August 31, 2005
Award Amount: $688,414
Principal Investigator, NSF Grant #0302779
Planning Grant for a New England Regional Center for Information Systems Security Education
September 11, 2003 – September 11, 2004
Award Amount: $69,269
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS)
American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI)
American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) National Honor Society
Computer Security Institute (CSI)
High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)