Associate Professor - Information Systems
Office: Grise Hall 228
Ph.D., Indiana State University, Technology Management, 2008
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University, Computer Information Systems, 1983
M.A., Abilene Christian University, New Testament Theology, 1977
B.A., Abilene Christian University, Biblical Studies, 1976
Dr. Mark Ciampa has authored over 25 technology textbooks covering areas such as computer security, computer networking, wireless data technologies, and health information technology. His recent book Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals 5e is the number one best seller in computer network security worldwide. He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for security journals. Dr. Ciampa is a frequent speaker at regional and national publisher events, and recently conducted workshops for the National Security Agency (NSA) National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense as well as “Train-the-Trainer” instruction for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a non-profit trade association that issues professional certifications for the IT industry. He also writes a weekly blog on security that currently has a readership of over ten thousand followers. Dr. Ciampa serves as a consultant for schools around the country on security and technology curriculum. Prior to coming to WKU Dr. Ciampa was an Associate Professor and served as the Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee for 20 years, managing academic technology over five campuses spanning several different counties across Middle Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for various businesses and government agencies. He serves on different boards and holds certifications in Security+ and HIT.
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