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IBM Cyber Security Chief to Teach New Course at HSMI

Dr. Steven P. Bucci, retired Special Forces colonel, former Defense Department official and current IBM cyber security thought leader, joins faculty of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Riverhead, N.Y . – Dr. Steven Bucci, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, former chief of staff to the secretary of defense and current associate partner and issue lead for cyber security at IBM, has joined the faculty of the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University at Riverhead. Dr. Bucci, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel, teaches Domestic and International Terrorism and will introduce a new Cyber Security curriculum beginning in the summer 2011 semester.

Dr. Bucci joins the Institute's other distinguished senior fellows, all highly experienced experts in the fields of terrorism, homeland security, and homeland defense, teaching courses in the Institute's fully online 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree and fully online, graduate-level, 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management programs.

Dr. Bucci's 30 years of leadership experience in responding to a range of ongoing threats to foreign and domestic interests, along with his recognized expertise in Cyber Security thought leadership and strategy with IBM's internal think tank, uniquely qualify him to develop and teach the Homeland Security Management Institute's rigorous and challenging new Cyber Security curriculum.

“We are very pleased to offer our students the extraordinary opportunity to study with an expert like Steve Bucci,” said Dr. Vincent Henry, founding director of the Homeland Security Management Institute. “Only a handful of academics possess this kind of vast experience in the military and the private sector.”

Dr. Bucci is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who earned MA and PhD degrees in International Relations from University of South Carolina and served in various leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division before joining 5th Special Forces. A foreign area officer, he subsequently served as a detachment commander and brigade operations officer, conducted counterdrug operations throughout Latin America with 7th Special Forces, and taught all instruction in Foreign Policy, International Relations Theory, and Development Studies for the special operations community while serving as director of European studies at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. He served as the defense attaché in Sarajevo, Bosnia, overseeing the transition of that troubled country to normalcy, and also served as the defense attaché in Albania helping to open a country newly freed from 50 years of dictatorship.

As commander of 3rd Battalion 5th Special Forces, Dr. Bucci led major operational deployments to eastern Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia, including Operation Desert Thunder. In July 2001, Col. Bucci assumed the duties of the military assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and served in that capacity through the 9/11 attack and the Global War on Terrorism. Upon retiring from active duty in 2005 he continued serving as chief of staff to the secretary of defense and ultimately as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and defense support for civil authorities, leading one of the components of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland and Americas' Security Affairs as well as the DoD Capabilities Based Assessment for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.

The Homeland Security Management Institute's graduate programs are designed for management- and executive-level professionals in law enforcement, the military, public safety and corporate security, the intelligence community, and other related homeland security fields, as well as for those who aspire to pursue management careers in such fields.  The Institute, which is recognized as the nation's leading graduate program in the Homeland Security Management field, was designated by an Act of Congress as a DHS National Transportation Security Center of Excellence and is the only DHS Center of Excellence to offer a graduate degree in the Homeland Security Management field.

For more information about the Homeland Security Management Institute and its fully online graduate programs, call (631) 287-8010 or visit

Posted 04/29/2011

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