School of Professional Studies
February 10, 2016Brown University

Brown University School Of Professional Studies Names Program Director for Executive Master in Cybersecurity

PROVIDENCE, RI 2/9/16 – Brown University’s School of Professional Studies announced today that Alan M. Usas, PhD is named Program Director for the Brown Executive Master in Cybersecurity and Adjunct Professor in Computer Science. Dr. Usas will direct the work of academic, professional, and administrative personnel to advance the success of the program, and its students and alumni.

Dr. Usas brings extensive leadership experience in cybersecurity at large and small companies, and at major research universities. Earlier in his career, he led engineering teams that developed market-leading hardware and software products for securing networks, systems, and data. At Tandem Computers, now part of HP Enterprise, Alan managed software development for the SAFEGUARD access control system and led the development of cryptographic products for the Atalla Division. He also held executive engineering positions at several startup companies that developed enterprise access control and network security appliances.

Alan has served in senior operational roles in information technology and services. From 2003 to 2008, he was Assistant Vice President for Computing and Information Services at Brown University where he was responsible for information security, core enterprise systems, and for the data, voice, and video networks. Usas also held faculty appointments in electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton and at Brown University. Most recently, he was Chief Information Officer at the Yale School of Management. Alan earned his Bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Princeton University, and Master’s and Phd at Stanford University in electrical engineering.

“I am delighted to join Brown and to help lead this exciting Executive Master in Cybersecurity program,” said Usas. “At every stage in my career I’ve faced the immense technical, human, and organizational challenges of effectively securing digital assets, developing policy consistent with laws and regulations, and leading groups with cybersecurity responsibilities. The innovative curriculum, outstanding faculty, and the highly accomplished, professionally diverse students it will attract, puts Brown’s program on the cutting edge of leadership development in cybersecurity. I can’t think of a more timely or significant way to build global capacity for strategic, visionary leaders in cybersecurity.”

“We’re proud to welcome Alan with his vast industry and academic experience to the Executive Master in Cybersecurity leadership team,” said Karen Sibley, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Brown. “Today cybersecurity threats confront us in every domain and demand strategic responses that integrate global, technical, human, and policy expertise. Brown’s unique interdisciplinary excellence positions this program to drive the development of leadership talent in cybersecurity and graduates will benefit throughout their careers as members of the powerful Brown alumni network.”

About Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity
The Executive Master in Cybersecurity at Brown’s School of Professional Studies advances the university’s mission to develop reflective leaders, effect change in the world, and improve human welfare. With a central tenet that strategy is the best security, the 16-month graduate program offers students a highly collaborative learning environment that blends the best of online and face-to-face education, and is led by a world-class faculty of academic, industry and policy leaders from Brown’s Department of Computer Science, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, other university departments, and from leading organizations in the private and public sectors. The Executive Master in Cybersecurity at Brown University prepares confident, visionary leaders who understand the global, technical, human, and policy challenges of cybersecurity. To learn more about the program, visit


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