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Stacey Watson

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

585-475-6241
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Stacey Watson

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computing Security
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Education

BA, York University; BE, Brock University; MS, Columbus State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bio

Stacey Watson taught Advanced Placement courses for twelve years before earning her Master of Science degree in Applied Computer Science with a specialization in Information Security. She then spent almost five years in industry, where she began as an intern and then an Information Security Analyst in the financial services industry before transitioning to a Security Engineer position with Hewlett-Packard. Her industry experience culminated in a Senior Security Engineer position in the hospitality industry. She has experience with vulnerability management, deploying and configuring a Governance, Risk and Compliance software product, and with deploying and configuring a penetration testing platform in a large corporation with data centers across the world.

In 2016, Stacey took a position as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while she worked on her doctorate. She graduated in 2018 and a took a position at Nazareth College before transitioning to RIT in the Fall of 2019.

Her research foci include usable privacy and security, improving security accessibility, computing education and broadening participation in computing.

585-475-6241

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

CSEC-468
3 Credits
The three key elements of risk management will be introduced and explored. These are risk analysis, risk assessment, and vulnerability assessment. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be discussed as well as how security metrics can be modeled, monitored, and controlled. Several case studies will be used to demonstrate the risk management principles featured throughout the course. Students will work in teams to conduct risk assessments on the selected case study scenarios. They will develop mitigation plans and present the results of their analysis both in written reports and oral presentations.
CSEC-472
3 Credits
As more users access remote systems, the job of identifying and authenticating those users at distance becomes increasingly difficult. The growing impact of attackers on identification and authentication systems puts additional strain on our ability to ensure that only authorized users obtain access to controlled or critical resources. This course reviews basic cryptology techniques and introduces their application to contemporary authentication methods.
CSEC-477
3 Credits
Security and network professionals are increasingly being called upon to apply their knowledge to the development of disaster recovery and business continuity plans. This course will explore DRP/BC in depth using current tools and techniques. Business requirements will be analyzed from the budget, business needs and risk management perspective. Experience gained from at least one co-op is required.
CSCI-101
3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computing. Students will engage in activities that show how computing changes the world and impacts daily lives. Students will develop step-by-step written solutions to basic problems and implement their solutions using a programming language. Assignments will be completed both individually and in small teams. Students will be required to demonstrate oral and written communication skills through such assignments as short papers, homeworks, group discussions and debates, and development of a term paper.
CSEC-559
0 - 3 Credits
This course explores current topics in computing security. It is intended as a place holder course for faculty to experiment new course offerings in Computing Security undergraduate program. Course specific details change with respect to each specific focal area proposed by faculty.
CSEC-659
3 Credits
This course offers an opportunity to learn about a specific seminar topic in more depth. The course description will be replaced by the specific instance of the seminar, as it is proposed by faculty.