Blair Taylor

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Education

D.Sc., Applied Information Technology, Towson University

M.S., Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

B.A., Mathematical Science, Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Expertise

Cybersecurity education, Secure coding

Biography

Dr. Blair Taylor is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Computer and Information Sciences. Her project, Security Injections @ Towson (www.towson.edu/securityinjections), includes security modules for integrating security across the undergraduate computing curriculum and is a national model for teaching secure coding to introductory programming students. She also runs SPLASH (www.towson.edu/splash) which offers Secure Programming Logic for college credit to high school girls. Her latest project, Cyber4All, involves developing an interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity available to any undergraduate, with special emphasis on the needs of business, healthcare management, and criminal justice majors.

Dr. Taylor has received the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Business Outreach Award and Outstanding Faculty Award, the University System of Maryland Regents award for Teaching.  She is currently on leave working with the College of Cyber at the National Security Agency.

Funded Grants:

Co-PI, “Cyber4All: An Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Minor for all Undergraduates,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2015, $280,706, 2015-2017.

PI, “GenCyber SPLASH: Secure programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School”, Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2014, $280,706, 2014-2015.

PI, “Balancing Privacy and Social Media”,  Funded by: Intel Corporation, 2014, $10,000.

PI, “CyberWorkshops: Resources and, Strategies, and Support for Teaching Cybersecurity in Computer Science Courses (CReST),” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2014, $549,942 ($127,025 at TU), 2014-2016.

PI, “CyberSTARS SPLASH: Secure programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School”, Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2013, $195,000, 2013-2014.

PI, “Programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School”, Funded by: Department of Defense (DOD), 2012, $36,000, 2012-2013

Co-PI, “Security Injections for CSO, CS1, and CS2:  Promoting Responsible Coding and Building a Community of Security Ambassadors,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2012, $451,879, 2012-2015

Co-PI, “Scholarship for Service at Towson University,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2012, $2,093,834, 2012-2016

PI, “Building Security In: Injecting Security throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2008, $399,511, 2008-2011

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Siraj, A., B. Taylor, S. Kaza, S. Ghafoor (2015), “Integrating Security in the Computer Science Curriculum,” ACM Inroads, 6(2), pp 77-81

Taylor, B., Kaza, S., Siraj, A., Ghafoor, S. (2015), “CReST Workshop: Teaching Add-On Security Modules in Computing Curriculum,” Women in Cybersecurity Conference, Atlanta, GA

Raina, S., Kaza, S. , Taylor, B. (2014), “Segmented and Interactive Modules for Teaching Secure Coding: A Pilot Study,” International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training(ELeOt), Bethesda, MD

Taylor, B. and Kaza, S. (2014), “Teaching Secure Coding in Introductory Programming Courses,” The 18th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), San Diego, CA

Taylor, B., Kaza, S., Hawthorne, E., (2014), “Introducing Secure Coding in CS0, CS1, and CS2,” ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2014), Atlanta, GA, ACM Press

Nance, K and Taylor, B. (2012), Teaching High School Students to Code Responsibly, Proceedings of the 16th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Perez, L, Cooper, S., Hawthorne, E., Wetzel, S., Taylor, B., et al. (2011), Information assurance education in two- and four-year institutions, Proceedings of the 16th annual conference reports on Innovation and technology in computer science education - working group reports (ITiCSE), Darmstadt, Germany

Research:

Co-PI, "Cyber4All: An Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Minor for All Undergraduates", Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $288,000, 2015-2017.

PI, "GenCyber SPLASH: Secure programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $40,000, 2014-2015.

 PI, “Balancing Privacy and Social Media,” Funded by: Intel Corporation, $10,000. 2014-2017.

Co-PI, "Collaborative Research:  CyberWorkshops: Resources and Strategies for Teaching Cybersecurity in Computer Science (CReST),” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $549,942 ($127,028 at TU). 2014-2016.

PI, "GenCyber SPLASH: Secure programming Logic Aimed at Students in High School,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $95,000, 2013-2014.

Co-PI, “Security Injections for CS0, CS1, and CS2: Promoting Responsible Coding and Building a Community of Security Ambassadors”, Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $451,879, 2012-2015.  

Co-PI, “Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service”, Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $2,100,000, 2012-2017.

Co-PI, “Programming Logic Course with Secure Coding for High School Girls”, Funded by:  Department of Defense (DOD), – Information Assurance Scholarship Program, Capacity Building, $35,831, 2012-2013.

PI, “Building Security In: Injecting Security throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum”, Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), $399,511,  2008-2012.