Kevin Cleary

Clinical Assistant Professor
Management Science and Systems

  • Faculty Director, MS Management Information Systems


MBA, School of Management, University at Buffalo
BS, Computer Engineering, University at Buffalo


ISC2 Certified Information Systems and Security Professional (CISSP)


Cleary brings to the classroom nearly 20 years of industry experience in information security, enterprise infrastructure and IT management in higher education and the private sector (from small startups to large publicly traded companies). At UB, Cleary has served in both highly technical and IT leadership positions, including IT director for Campus Living, manager of UBIT’s Enterprise Infrastructures Services and chief information security officer for UB.

Information security has been part of Cleary’s ethos since graduate school. He has experienced information security from many angles, including architecting secure research and academic networks; managing operational security services for large enterprise; setting policy; enumerating risk; and promulgating holistic and contemporary security practices.   


  • Information Assurance Technology and Innovation Management
  • Cybersecurity Seminar
  • Cloud Security
  • Computer Literacy

Selected Publications

Laura Amo, Ruochen Liao, David Murray, Kevin Cleary, Emma Frank, Alexandra Mazzei, H. Raghav Rao, Shambhu Upadhyaya “Cybersecurity Interventions for Young Adults” Security Knowledge Management Workshop, 2017

Laura Amo, Joana Gaia, Savit Aluri, Jonathan Higgins, David Murray, Kevin Cleary, Shambhu Upadhyaya “Addressing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap through a Serious Games Approach with Young Adults” Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), 2018

Murray D., Cleary K., James S., Ventresca R., Pon D. (2019) Open Cyber Arena: Replicable, Scalable and Flexible Hands-on Cybersecurity Learning Environment. Poster at SUNY CIT 2019: Transforming Challenges into Solutions, 2019 Purchase, N.Y.

Awards, Grants and Honors

  • NSA Gencyber (multiple awards over six years) - GenCyber program provides cybersecurity experiences for students and teachers at the secondary level.
    • Instructional Lead (total 2016-23): $599,705
  • SUNY IITG Grant
    • Tier 3 Funding, 2019 - Open Cyber  Arena  Virtual  Lab - $37,690
    • Tier 2 Funding, 2018 - Open  Cyber  Arena  Virtual  Lab - $20,000
    • Tier 2 Funding, 2018 - Open edX Pilot - $20,000
  • UB NSF I-Corps Program - STEM  Informal Learning Infrastructure - $1,200