About the Institute

The UC Irvine Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI) is a unique, multidisciplinary effort, bringing together academia, a broad range of critical infrastructure businesses, law enforcement and other government agencies and the privacy and civil liberties community in a unified effort to combat cyber threats.

Individuals, corporations, governments and other institutions face unprecedented vulnerabilities in a world where everything is increasingly connected. High-profile breaches in both the public and private sectors, including against financial and healthcare institutions, companies like Yahoo and Sony Pictures and even our election process itself, underscore the magnitude of this epidemic.

Pulling together more than 80 participants from academia, critical infrastructure businesses, government and the privacy and civil liberties community, CPRI is generating comprehensive technical and policy-driven strategies to address cybersecurity’s technical, legal, policy and human challenges.


  • Marios Papaefthymiou, Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean and Professor of Computer Science, UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • Gregory Washington, The Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering, UCI Samueli School of Engineering
  • Kenneth C. Janda, Dean and Professor of Chemistry, UCI School of Physical Sciences
  • Nancy Guerra, Dean, School of Social Ecology and Professor, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
  • Bill Maurer, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Professor, Anthropology, Law, and Criminology, Law and Society

Faculty Advisors

  • Mohammad al Faruque, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emulex Career Development Chair, UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • Simon Cole, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI School of Social Ecology
  • David Kaye, Clinical Professor of Law, Director, International Justice Clinic, Co-Director, Fair Elections and Free Speech Center, UCI School of Law
  • Michael McBride, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Professor of Economics, UCI School of Social Sciences
  • Alice Silverberg, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, UCI School of Physical Sciences
  • Gene Tsudik, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

“CPRI brings together the best and brightest cybersecurity experts from the private sector and UCI’s world-class faculty to find technological, legal and policy solutions to ever-growing cyber threats, while protecting and enhancing individual privacy and civil liberties.”
Bryan Cunningham, CPRI Founding Executive Director

For more information

CPRI Website


Bryan Cunningham
Executive Director
University of California, Irvine
Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute