Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security
Senior fellow in the Tower Center for Political Studies
Frederick R. Chang, a recognized national expert in cyber security, joined SMU to develop a multidisciplinary program aimed at tackling the most pressing cyber challenges facing individuals, business and government today.
Chang's particular area of expertise is in information assurance – defending and protecting critical systems.
Chang is the Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. He is also a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. At the University of Texas at Austin, he is a Research Fellow in the Applied Research Labs and he is a Distinguished Scholar in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He has been Professor and AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio and he was at the University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security. He is the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency. In the private sector he was most recently the President and Chief Operating Officer of 21CT, Inc., an advanced intelligence analytics solutions company. Earlier, he was with SBC Communications where he held a variety of executive positions including, President - Technology Strategy, SBC Communications; President & CEO, SBC Technology Resources, Inc.; and Vice President, Network Engineering and Planning, SBC Advanced Solutions, Inc. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories.
Chang has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal. He has served as a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is also a member of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents (U.S. patent numbers 7272645 and 7633951) and he appeared in the televised National Geographic documentary, Inside the NSA: America's Cyber Secrets. He has served as an expert witness at a hearing on cybersecurity research and development convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology -- subcommittees on Technology and Research. He recently served again as an expert witness at a hearing convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the security of healthcare.gov.
- Cyber security
- Cyber threats
- Cyber crime
- Internet espionage
- Internet warfare
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