Dr. Dawson is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Cyber Security) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). Additionally, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor (Honorary) at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in the College of Engineering within the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dawson has received two Fulbright Scholar Specialist Grants to go to Russia in 2014 [Project #5824/South Ural State University] to lecture on Business Intelligence (BI) and Bangladesh in 2016 [Project #6296/University of Rajshahi] to lecture on cyber security. Dawson served a Visiting Scholar with the University of the Gambia in 2013 and through the International Studies and Programs (ISP) Fellowship (ISP) awarded from UMSL in 2014.
Dawson holds a Doctor of Computer Science from Colorado Technical University that is recognized as a NSA Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Defense (CD). He holds multiple professional certifications such as (ISC)2’s Certified Security Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), ISACA’s Certification in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and EC-Council’s Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO).
Recent edited books include New Threats and Countermeasures in Digital Crime and Cyber Terrorism. Other scholarly works include Understanding the Methods Behind Cyber Terrorism, The Future of National and International Security on the Internet, DoD Cyber Technology Policies to Secure Automated Information Systems, and Research in Progress – Defending Android Smartphones from Malware Attacks. At the moment Dawson has more than 12 peer reviewed book chapters, more than 20 referred papers, and more than 65 conference proceedings.
Dawson is a former servicemen in the Iowa Guard and U.S. Navy Reserves. Prior to entering academia he was an Engineering Manager and Program Manager for organizations such as Textron Systems, Rockwell Collins, BAE Systems, and others with a focus on cyber security.
Expertise: Cyber security, digital crimes, systems of systems, information operations, cyber technology, and computer engineering