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UMKC Professor Receives Recognition for Contributions to Cybersecurity

ACM Recognizes 2017 Distinguished Members as Pioneering Innovators that Are Advancing the Digital Age

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Missouri-Kansas City Curators’ Distinguished Professor Vijay Kumar, Ph.D., is one of 43 Distinguished Members of the Association for Computing Machinery named for outstanding contributions to the field. As a group, the 2017 Distinguished Members are responsible for an extraordinary array of achievements, reflecting the many distinct areas of research and practice in the computing and information technology fields.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the ACM, a prominent organization of academics and professionals. It goes to show that our work and achievements in improving cybersecurity are making a difference in the computing industry,” said Kumar. “Our cyberspace is continuously under attack and must be protected. As we develop more powerful security schemes to achieve our goal, I am proud that our efforts have not gone unnoticed.”

Kumar, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, recently completed two highly applied projects, one of which focuses on firewall security. Working with a Ph.D. student, he developed an innovative solution for firewall management. Kumar said automation is the key in this firewall project, which eliminates human intervention in its management.

ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. The ACM Distinguished Member program, initiated in 2006, recognizes members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the computing field.

About the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Located in one of the nation’s largest engineering communities, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering prepares students to work in cutting-edge engineering, computer science and information technology careers. SCE’s internationally recognized faculty prepare students for today’s competitive job market by providing a curriculum that includes the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in each field’s theory and fundamental practice.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on its six-part mission: placing student success at the center; leading in life and health sciences; advancing urban engagement; excelling in visual and performing arts; embracing diversity; and promoting research and economic development. For more information about UMKC, visit umkc.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, see us on Instagram and watch us on YouTube. Read our students’ stories at #UMKCGoingPlaces.

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