Cyber Security Center | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio
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Cyber Security Center

National Security Agency
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

To promote cyber awareness, cyber security and workforce development by providing information, training and education to students, staff and the public.

About us
Stark State strives to meet the area’s demands for high-quality cyber security education and training. We want our community to be cyber security resilient.

Associate degree in cyber security and computer forensics
Cyber security and digital forensics are the hot areas of computer networking, and you’ll be job-ready with computer and network security skills along with the ability to find digital evidence on multiple devices. You’ll learn proper procedure and handing guidelines for digital evidence and be able to use software tools to image, validate and analyze different digital devices. Hands-on, practical exercises will give you an edge in the job market in both the public and private sectors.

Start as an entry-level security analyst, digital forensics analyst or digital forensics investigator, or continue your education via Stark State’s transfer agreements with Kent State University and Champlain College.

Stark State faculty

  • Glen Goe, Associate Professor of Information Security
  • Larry Ray, PhD, Department Chair, Information Technology

Advisory board

Job market

  • computer networking
  • cyber security
  • network security
  • digital forensics
  • public and private sector job markets

Stark State cyber security best practices

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security process that requires more than one method of authentication from independent sources to verify the user’s identity. In other words, a person is given access only after providing two or more pieces of information uniquely identifying them.

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Cyber Security grads

Cyber security grads mark a first for the College

In fall 2023, the first group of students graduated from Stark State’s cyber security and computer forensics technology program since it was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency.

Pictured from left: Michael R. McGary, Noah J. Petrencsik, Danielle Kulcsar and Fred H. Cunningham IV. Not pictured: Ian Roos and Zora Ladd.

Upcoming events

Data Recovery Day set for April 5

In honor of World Backup Day on March 31, a free Data Recovery Day is coming your way this April – courtesy of Stark State’s student High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and the College Cyber Security Center.

What is Data Recovery Day?
Stark State’s HTCIA students work to help their fellow students, faculty, staff and community members recover lost data from a hard drive, flash drive or SD card. You can bring one device per household. This event is free and open to the public (individuals only, no businesses).

How do I sign up?

  • Step 1: Email Laura Ball at by April 4 to schedule your appointment. You will receive instructions on when and where you need to drop off your device.
  • Step 2: Bring in your device at your scheduled appointment time. NOTE: This will be before April 5.
  • Step 3: Let the HTCIA team do their work on April 5! They will email your results and give you directions on when you can pick up your device.

For more information, contact

World Backup Day

World Backup DaySunday, March 31, 2024, is World Backup Day, the day where we are reminded of how important it is to back up your data. For more information on what it means and why you should backup your data go to

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