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Edward Moskal,
M.S. ’79

Associate Professor of Computer & Information Sciences

About Professor Moskal

I’ve been teaching at Saint Peter’s University for the past 18 years. Between 2015 – 2018, I was the Chair of the Department where student headcount grew from 70 students to 145. During my time as chair, working with the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Maryland, I championed a new cyber security undergraduate curriculum, added cyber security concentrations in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the MBA program, which are offered online, and established a graduate Blockchain Certificate program. I am also the Founding Director of the master’s program in cyber security and spearheaded the University Cyber Security Center, the establishment of our Cyber Security Advisory Board and our very successful cyber security internship program, where we have 24 students per year participating in it. In academic year 2014 / 2015, I was on Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame where I worked in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering mapping the NSA/DHS cyber security Center of Excellence requirements to curriculum and prepared a proposal for establishing a new Cyber Security Center. I also developed new courses and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in cyber security and digital forensics.

In June, 2019, I completed a 2 year project working for the University of Notre Dame as the Project Manager for a 7.9M research grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The research project under IARPA was called MOSAIC (Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context). The purpose of the project was to explore and expand capabilities to understand productivity in the workplace through the use of wearables, smartphones, sensors, social media, and advances in machine learning. The goal was to improve the Intelligence Community’s capabilities to evaluate its workforce throughout their careers. The work involved researchers from nine institutions (Notre Dame, University of California-Irvine, Georgia Tech, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon, University of Colorado, Dartmouth, Ohio State University, and the University of Texas). Notre Dame was prime.

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The fusion of these various disparate data streams to understand the extremely complicated interplay between said factors created the grand challenge that this work addressed. As part of this project I also co-authored six scientific/scholarly research papers that were published in ACM and IEEE journals, and provided consultation support for the technical/computing infrastructure, the collection of sensor stream data, the machine learning pipeline, the issues tracking system, and the intermediate and final deliverables that were submitted to IARPA. While past researchers have looked at narrow aspects of workplace performance, the goal of this work was to explore a wide variety of data streams and well-established ground truth mechanisms to both make new strides in the area as well as to identify critical research problems in the large for future work.

In addition, I am the Project Manager for iQ4, a world leader in applied learning technology, for an initiative that launched October 1, 2018, titled CyberNYC, which is a $100M project under the NYC Mayors Office and Economic Development Council. The purpose of this project is to make NYC the global leader in cyber security education and workforce capacity building. Partnerships between academia, corporations, private industry, and the government are being formed. The goal of this initiative is to provide students with accelerated training, skill-sets, a cyber security center / incubator, and real world experience to enable them to rapidly be infused in the cybersecurity workforce. In conjunction with iQ4 and the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (an organization that provides a network of industry mentors to build cybersecurity workforce capacity), iQ4 courses are being offered in NY City higher education universities / colleges and in NY / NJ Metropolitan area schools like Saint Peter’s University.

Prior to my role at Saint Peter’s, I worked in the information technology industry for 25 years. My most recent position was with Ernst & Young, LLP, where I led the New York Office Application Controls and Security Practice. Some of the work that stands out in my mind are the risk assessments I did for the New York Stock Exchange, designing and implementing a global security architecture for American Express, and designing the security architecture and computer system controls for the NY/NJ E-ZPass system.

“Teaching courses in computer science, cyber security, and engineering requires a constant knowledge of the the subject matter. From a teaching standpoint, my classroom is an environment that encourages students to participate and engage in subject matter discussion. I use a good amount of multimedia and internet links in the presentations. By doing this, it makes the learning material more interactive and dynamic, and sparks the students interests in what is presented. I like to bring into the classroom real-world scenarios and business cases for students to learn from and work on. I will have students work in small teams, usually 2 or 3 per team, and have them develop color-coded diagrams, if applicable for assignments, providing a visual representation of what they are learning. I also like to have students make presentation to demonstrate their proficiency and command of the course material and subject matter. I believe that teacher enthusiasm in the classroom is very important. An inspired teacher yields inspired and well-educated students.”

Career & Accomplishments

Degrees

  • University of Notre Dame, M.S.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology, M.M.S.

  • Saint Peter's University, B.S.

Professional Memberships

  • U.S. Secret Service - NY/NJ Electronic Crimes Task Force (Partner)

  • Association for Computing Machinery (University Officer)

  • New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (Member)

  • ISACA - NY Chapter (Member)

  • IBM Academic Initiative (Academic Coordinator)

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals

  • Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals

  • National CyberWatch Center

  • National Cyber Security Alliance

  • Information Systems Security Association

  • Cloud Security Alliance

  • EMC Academic Alliance

  • VM Ware IT Academy

Accomplishments

  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Summer 2005, (Disaster Recovery)

  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Summer 2008, (Advanced Robotics)

  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Summer 2009, (Virtual Reality)

  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Summer 2010, (Virtual Reality)

  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University, Summer 2013, (Cybersecurity)

  • Saint Peter’s University Fellowship, Academic Year 2014/2015 at University of Notre Dame

  • 2014 ISECON Conference Meritorious Paper Award

  • Elected in 2014 to the Journal of Information System Educators Editorial Board

  • Elected in 2018 to the International Journal of Cyber Research and Education Editorial Board

Certificates

Computer Programming
Business Systems
Management Information Systems
Client/Server Architectures
Security Systems
Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals
Quality Matters – Applying the QM Rubric
Department of Homeland Security – Community Cyber Security Exercise Planning
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services – Essentials of Community Cyber Security

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