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Helser, Susan

Assistant Professor / Cybersecurity / Information Systems



In 1995, after completing her BS at the University of Michigan, she entered the technology sector. During her time in industry, she worked as a programmer, data analyst, and software engineer. After seeing the clear need for data protection, security and privacy, Helser shifted her career to cybersecurity. She continued her education in the field and earned MS and PhD degrees at Iowa State University, a school with a highly ranked program in cybersecurity.

During her final year at Iowa State, Helser was recruited to work at Norwich University. The experience at Norwich University was tremendously beneficial due to the school’s strong program in cybersecurity, excellent faculty, and accreditation as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE). Work there provided a great foundation and preparation to move forward in cybersecurity education.

She joined Central Michigan University in August 2018 as a cybersecurity faculty member. She is a faculty mentor for the Cybersecurity Club, teaches cybersecurity classes, and is the point person at Central Michigan University as the school moves toward the submission of its application to the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security to become a CAE.

Helser’s research interests include cryptology, identity theft, IoT vulnerabilities, and the need for individuals with cross-disciplinary and/or blended specializations with cybersecurity.

More about Susan Helser

  • PHD, Iowa State University
  • MS, Iowa State University
  • BS, University of Michigan - Flint