Sidd Kaza, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Arizona

M.S., Computer Science, Central Michigan University

B.Sc., Mathematical Sciences, University of Delhi

Areas of Expertise

Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery

Cybersecurity Education

Learning Sciences


Sidd Kaza is the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Towson University. He is the Maryland E-Nnovation Endowed Professor of Cybersecurity. His research interests lie in cybersecurity, data mining, and application development and he is a principal investigator on several cybersecurity projects. He has received over $13 million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Intel, and others. 

Dr. Kaza was on the ACM/IEEE/AIS/IFIP Joint Global Task Force on Cybersecurity Education that produced the first four-year cybersecurity curricular guidelines. In 2018, he received the University System of Maryland Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2014 he received the Excellence in Scholarship award. Dr. Kaza is the Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of SecurEd, a not-for-profit startup organization focused on helping academic institutions build a cyber-ready workforce. 

Project Director

Dr. Kaza serves as project director for the following cybersecurity projects:

Funded Grants

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

Co-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, “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, “Revitalizing the Computer Science Undergraduate Curriculum Inside and Outside of the Classroom Using Mobile Computing Platforms,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2012, $199,971, 2012-2014

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

Co-PI, “Basic Recruitment and Capacity Building,” Funded by:  Department of Defense (DOD) – Information Assurance Scholarship Program, 2010, $95,815, 2010-2011

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

Co-PI, “Piloting Pathways for Computational Thinking in a General Education Curriculum,” Funded by: National Science Foundation (NSF), 2008, $164,981, 2008-2011

Co-PI, “Expanding an Applied Information Technology Masters Program,” Funded by: Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), 2008, $90,990, 2009-10

Selected Publications and Presentations

Taylor, B. and Kaza, S. (2016), “Security Injections@Towson: Integrating Secure Coding into Introductory Computer Science Courses”, ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), 16(4)

Siraj, A., B. Taylor, S. Kaza, S. Ghafoor (2015), “Integrating security in the computer science curriculum,” ACM Inroads, 6(2), pp 77-81

Abbasi, A., F. Zahedi, S. Kaza (2012), “Detecting Fake Online Pharmacy Websites using Recursive Trust Labeling,” ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 30 (4),

Kaza, S., P. Hu, H. Hu, H. Chen (2011), “Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Information Systems for Law Enforcement – A Long-term Design-science Research Project,” Communications of the Association of Information Systems (CAIS), 29

Kaza, S., J. Xu, B. Marshall and H. Chen (2009), “Topological Analysis of Criminal Activity Networks: Enhancing Transportation Security,” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 10(1). pp. 83-91.

Kaza, S. and H. Chen (2008), “Evaluating ontology mapping techniques: An experiment in public safety information sharing: An Experiment in Public Safety Information Sharing,” Decision Support Systems, 45(4), pp. 714-728

Conference Publications

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, Bethesda, MD

Becker, A. B., Kaza, S., Goldberg A. (2014), “Interplay between Traditional Media, Social Media, and the Law-making Process: A Study on the Marriage Equality Issue in Maryland,” Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems, Germany