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Academic School

School of Computer Science and Mathematics


Hancock 3014



(845) 575-3883


Dr. Casimer DeCusatis

Assistant Professor of Information Technology and Systems


Dr. Casimer DeCusatis leads cybersecurity education and research for the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, including the cybersecurity major and minor, summer pre-college program, student education and research security operations center (SOC), and various National Science Foundation research efforts. He is a former IBM Distinguished Engineer and IBM Master Inventor, with over 150 patents.He is the recipient of several industry awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, the EDN Innovator of the Year Award, the Mensa Research Foundation Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, the Penn State Outstanding Scholar Alumnus Award and Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture, and the IEEE/HKN Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer award (including a citation from the President of the United States and an American flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol).  He is co-author of more than 200 technical papers, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, and editor of the Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication (4th edition).  Dr. DeCusatis received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and the B.S. degree magna cum laude in the Engineering Science Honors Program from the Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) in 1986.    He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America, and SPIE (the international optical engineering society), a member of the Order of the Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and various other professional organizations.He is also Founder and Director of Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League, a pre-college robotics programming competition that serves over 1,000 pre-college students each year. 


PhD, Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS, Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

Over 150 refereed technical publications, over 70 conference presentations, author/editor of 5 books and numerous book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other publications.  Some recent research publications include the following:

C. DeCusatis and P. Mueller, “Virtual firewall performance as a waypoint on a software defined network”, Proc. IEEE 6th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS), part of the International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC), Paris, France (August 20-22, 2014)

T. Bundy, R. Cannistra, and C. DeCusatis, “Dynamic Software Defined Networking Infrastructure Test Bed at Marist College”, Video presentation, 2014 Internet2 Global Summit, Denver, Colorado (April 9, 2014)

C. DeCusatis, “Optical interconnect networks for data communications”, IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol 32, no 4, p 544 – 552 (February 2014)

C. DeCusatis, Aparicio Carranza, Alassane Ngaide, Sundas Zafar, and Nestor Landaez, “An open digital forensics model based on CAINE”, Proc. 15th IEEE International Conference on computer and information technology (CIT 2015), October 26-28, Liverpool, U.K.

C. DeCusatis and A. Carranza, “Hybrid implementation of the flipped classroom approach to cybersecurity education”, National Cybersecurity Institute Journal vol 2 no 3 pp.  45-55 (January 2016)

C. DeCusatis, P. Liengtiraphan, A. Sager, and M. Pinelli, “Implementing Zero Trust Cloud Networks with Transport Access Control and First Packet Authentication”, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Smart Cloud (SmartCloud 2016), New York, NY (Nov. 18-20, 2016)

C. DeCusatis, P. Liengtiraphan, A. Sager, “Advanced Intrusion Prevention for Geographically Dispersed Higher Education Cloud Networks”, Proc. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Remote Engineering & Virtual Instrumentation (REV 2017), Columbia University, New York, NY (March 15-17, 2017)

C. DeCusatis, A. Labouseur, T. Famularo, J. Heiden, G. Leaden, T. Magnusson, and M. Zimmermann, “An API Honeypot for DDoS and XSS Analysis”, Proc. NYIT 7th Annual Cybersecurity Conference, New York, NY; Best Undergraduate Research Paper Award (Sept. 23, 2017)

C. DeCusatis, M. Zimmerman, and A. Sager, “Identity based network security for commercial Blockchain services“, Proc. 8th annual IEEE Computing and Communications Workshop and Conference, Las Vegas, NV (January 8-10, 2018)

C. DeCusatis, K. Lotay, “Secure, decentralized energy resource management using the Ethereum blockchain”, Proc. IEEE Trustcon 2018, International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems, pp. 1-7, New York, NY (August 2-5, 2018)

Creative Work

Recent research exhibitions include IEEE and ACM research conferences, Internet 2, SDN/NFV World Congress, and IBM TechConnect

Selected Presentations

Over 70 conference presentations and workshops, some recent examples include the following:

K. Lotay and C. DeCusatis, “Using Blockchain technology to digitize supply chain systems”, Proc. National Undergraduate Research Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 2017)

C. DeCusatis, “SecureCloud: Autonomic security for zero trust cloud computing”, invited presentation, NSF Internet2 Cybersecurity Transition to Practice Acceleration Workshop, New York, NY (April 17, 2018)

C. DeCusatis, A. Systma, and T. Sager, “An innovative hyperledger blockchain fabric to eliminate fraud in philanthropic giving”, Proc. NSF Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (June 17-20, 2017)

C. DeCusatis, “NSF SecureCloud project, year 3; Identity-based security for commercial blockchain services”, Proc. NSF Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (June 17-20, 2017)

Awards and Honors

IEEE Region 1 Award for Outstanding College Teaching & Contributions to Cybersecurity Education, 2018

Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker Award, 2015

Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, 2011, presented for sustained innovative contributions to engineering and technology, including keynote at the Sigma Xi annual meeting

IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, 2002, presented for contributions to optical technologies and fiber optic communication, holding the promise of innovative applications in computer networks

Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, 2002; for development of optical networking and disaster recovery systems such as those used during September 11, 2001

Innovator of the Year, EDN magazine, 2000; includes presentation of $10,000 scholarship

IEEE/Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award, 1999, presented for individual contributions to technology; Recognition includes a citation from the President of the United States and an American flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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