News & Events

Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST)

We are proud to announce that our MSIST Program has been approved by the Chancellor's Office. 

Chaffey College Event

Master minds Dr. Kavad (Kamy) Farahbod and Dr. Javad (Jay) Varzandeh collaborated with Vanessa at Chaffey College to have 40 students come visit the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration on Friday, April 21, 2017. These students were given a tour of the campus, a brief video introduction by Dean Rose, had a presentation from the Career Center, and learned about our programs in the IDS Department. Students were most interested in our SCM concentration as well as Cyber Security. The day was a success and was celebrated with delicious pizza. 

Interview Workshop

Come to our amazing Interview Workshop. We have a guest speaker who has a vast experience interviewing people. He will discuss how to dress, how to act, and how to prepare. Come with questions, interest, and ready for a conversation!

Collaboration Day

August 17, 2016

We had a grand total of 23 students come and participate in our Collaboration Day where they discussed the skills, experience and abilities needed to acquire an IDS related position, showed access and analyze job profiles and job descriptions, describe the purpose and use of three types of resumes, and how to access job descriptions through various social media outlets using a mobile device.

Career center job search presentation

Advisory Council Meet

June 17th, 2016

Last Friday, the Information and Decision Sciences Department-Supply Chain Management Advisory Council meets for their second quarter. Our goal is bring students, faculty, and the industry together to empower students to become professionals.

Second council meeting

Honor Students

Cal State San Bernardino's Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration will honor students Alton Hardin of Colton and Mowan Xie of San Bernardino for their outstanding accomplishment

Honor students Alton Hardin and Mowan Xie

Hardin will be honored as the college's outstanding graduate student and Xie will be honored as the outstanding undergraduate student. They will be honored during separate ceremonies at CSUSB's commencement weekend, June 16-17.

Hardin will be recognized during a commencement ceremony for students from all five academic colleges who will earn graduate degrees. The graduate student ceremony will be Saturday, June 16, at 12:45 p.m. in Coussoulis Arena, and marks the first time the university has held a separate commencement exclusively for them.

Xie will be honored during the college's commencement exercise on Saturday, June 16, at 4:45 p.m.

Hardin, who completed his M.B.A. degree in information assurance and security management last December with a GPA of 3.94, was a recipient of CSUSB's first Cybercorps Scholarship. He also taught undergraduate courses in the information and decision sciences department as a part-time instructor.

In April, Hardin started a doctoral program in information assurance and hopes to continue teaching as he pursues his doctoral degree and works for the federal government in the cyber security field.

He currently works for cyber security division of the Internal Revenue Service, governing and overseeing the IRS's multi-million dollar portfolio of cyber security investments.

Xie, who lives in San Bernardino, is an exchange student from China who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and graduates with a 3.9 grade point average. She has participated in the CSUSB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where students prepare free tax returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers, and she works as a student assistant for the Global Management Center on campus.

2012 Department of Information and Decision Sciences Honor recipients

Nga Lam- SCM

Jacob Yousif- IASM

Priscilla Leon- INFO

Lauren Heryford- IASM

Brittney Salerno- IASM

Kevin Lopez- IASM

Karoline Bednarski- IASM

Kyle Sandoval- IASM

Natee Link- IASM

Michael Alvarez- IASM

Congratulations on all of your hard work!


We will have some major changes taking place in the Fall 2012 quarter. All Information Management courses will now be renamed IST (Information systems and technology) Example: INFO 309 will now be IST 309.

Another major change is the Information Assurance Security Management concentration being renamed to Cyber Security.

CSUSB cyber security teams take first place at information technology competition

By Joe Gutierrez, May 2, 2012

Two teams of Cal State San Bernardino cyber security students captured first place in the Computer Forensics and Business Systems Analysis categories of the 16th annual Information Technology Competition April 21 at Cal Poly Pomona.

Cyber Internet Illustration

The advanced skills competition featured competitors from throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County, and was judged by information technology professionals.

Cal State San Bernardino fielded four teams for the competition – all sponsored by the university's Information Assurance and Security Management Center through CSUSB's Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. The teams competed in Business Systems Analysis and Computer Forensics categories. The ITC competitors came from many regional universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge and DeVry University.

In the highly competitive Computer Forensics category, CSUSB took first and second place top spots. The Computer Forensics teams encompassed elements of law, policy and technology to determine the type of crimes seeded on a suspect's computer evidence. The team used specialized tools for criminal forensics investigations and had to present findings to a panel of experts from the legal and technical community. This is the second year in a row that CSUSB has won this division.

"CSUSB students come into these events as an underdog," said Walt Stewart a computer forensics professor in CSUSB's Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. "When the judges recognized our students were from CSUSB, they remarked that this would be a very tough act to follow. The fact that we took the top spots out of six teams shows that caliber of CSUSB students in the computer forensics area."

In the Business Systems Analysis division, CSUSB again took first place. The five-person all-female team devised an action risk management and technology plan for a fictitious social network provider, based on a real world scenario.

"We have been consistently strong at these competitions and at the national level," said Tony Coulson, CSUSB professor of information and decision sciences and a team coach. "The CSUSB Information Assurance (Cyber Security) program is nationally recognized, and for good reason. We have a lot of talented students in information management and cyber security. The success of our all-female Business Systems Analysis team shows that Cyber Security is an equal-opportunity field."

The CSUSB Telecommunications team took second place and was the first time CSUSB had fielded a team in this division.

The annual Information Technology Competition invites students from California institutions to compete in one of four business cases by providing a solution to specific cases. The competition gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills in front of industry professionals, creating an experience that helps students prepare for the corporate business world, develop their professional network and increase their knowledge of the information technology field.

The wins were a continuation of CSUSB cyber security students' successes. Last month, a team of eight CSUSB students from the university's "Information Security Club" took second place at the 2012 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense competition held on March 23-25 in Pomona. The team competed against nine other colleges for the title of "Elite Cyber Warriors." Their goal was to be a defense team to protect their computer, businesses and networks from outside hackers.

Cal State San Bernardino's Information Assurance and Security Management program and Information Management program are designated as part of the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance education, as bestowed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. In addition, CSUSB's programs are among the 35 schools nationwide that are part of the National Science Foundation's Federal Cyber Service: Cybercorps scholarship program.

For more information about the program, contact Coulson at (909) 537-5768 and visit

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