Cybersecurity Research

Research Currently in Progress

Mobile Forensics Research

In 2011, the Department of Defense (DoD)Mobile Forensics Grant was awarded and funds were used to purchase professional Mobile Forensics hardware & software for  a Computer Forensics Lab.  In addition the courses developed have graduate students working with current mobile forensic tools, with advances in student- faculty collaborations.  Undergraduate project teams are discovering numerous security vulnerabilities and created a comprehensive user guide for investigators. Students continue to pursue research in the Spring semester of 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Darren Hayes.  Students publish research and present at organizations such as the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) Northeast chapter.

In fall 2012, Mobile Forensics Workshops supported by DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program were hosted by the Seidenberg School for Community Colleges in order to support Mobile Forensics Curriculum Development by Community Colleges

Skimmer Fraud Research

Skimmer Fraud Research funding has been provided by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The foci of the research include point of sale skimmers, credit card skimmers, and automated teller machine (ATM) skimmers.  In Spring and Summer of 2013, research is to be conducted by Dr. Darren Hayes in collaboration with :

·         New York County District Attorney

·         University College Dublin (UCD)

·         Citibank

·         KPMG

·         European ATM Security Team (EAST)

·         United States Secret Service (USSS)


Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Li-Chiou Chen (PI), Charles Tappert (Co-PI), Darren Hayes (Co-PI). National Science Foundation, DUE- 1241585, Project title: Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline Through Community College Outreach, $294,477. 10/12-09/15.

Li-Chiou Chen (PI), Chienting Lin (Co-PI), Picheng Lee (Co-PI). National Science Foundation, DUE-1027400, Project title: An Interdisciplinary Scholarship for Service Program, $885,197. 09/10-08/14. (

Li-Chiou Chen (PI), Lixin Tao (Co-PI), National Science Foundation, DUE-0837549, Project title: Collaborative Project: Secure Web Development Teaching Modules, collaborated with New York City College of Technology. Total award: $149,900 with $99,956 for Pace (Lead institution). 07/09-09/11.  (