Cybersecurity Center

Students who complete the degree or certificates listed below will soon be eligible to receive a certificate confirming their completion of the CAE-designated program.
B.S. – Management Information Systems
Certificate in Information Assurance
Certificate in Cyber Security Management

The creation of the MSU Cybersecurity Center will further explore and support cybersecurity topics in education. The center will be a source for news, information, community outreach, training, and dissemination cybersecurity best practices. The mission of the center is to provide:  

  • Program guidance and oversight — It’s critical that our programs continue to meet the highest national academic standards to prepare graduates for the local cybersecurity workforce. We also assist other institutions in developing their programs.
  • General cyber defense information — We provide resources so people can understand what attacks are happening and what they can do to protect themselves.
  • Collaboration and outreach opportunities among students, faculty, area communities, and other institutions — MSU clubs include: Students with Interest in Future Technologies (SWIFT), Computer Science Club, Cyber Squad (cyber competition participants and organizers), Cyber Patriots program, Cyber Awareness Conferences, guest speakers, and other community events.


Minot State University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defence

Minot State University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE -CD ) for the validated program(s) of study through academic year 2027.

Minot State University’s ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the  protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The National Cyber Strategy, September 2018, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. “A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage.” “The United States Government will continue to invest in and enhance programs that build the domestic talent pipeline, from primary through postsecondary education.” Education is the key to promoting these ideals.   NSA Logo   DHS Logo

 MSU IT Policies



Cyber Competitions

Cybersecurity Resources


MSU Cybersecurity Center - Old Main

Advisory Board

Cyber Center Faculty:

Kristi Berg, PhD BIT CHair and Professor
Ph: 701-858-4337

Linda Cresap, PhD, Master of Science in Sports Management
Ph: 701-858-3316

Mr. Chad Fenner, Assistant Professor
Ph: 701-858-3293

Jan Repnow, MS, Assistant Professor
Ph: 701-858-3325

Serena Pontenila, PhD, Assistant Professor
Ph: 701-858-3307

Kyle Bittle, MSIS, Instructor
Ph: 701-858-3217