Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Studies in Cybersecurity
Faculty of Technology and Human Industry
Shalon Simmons has taught cybersecurity for ten years at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Technology Center, and Rose State College. Prior to teaching, she worked in the IT and telecommunications industry for over twenty years at ATT, GE, Verizon, and Global ICT. Her responsibilities included managing multimillion-dollar multinational projects and programs while employed by those corporations. Professor Simmons has conducted business in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. She was based in London for four years and Ethiopia for five years.
Professor Simmons’ technical competencies include cybersecurity, information technology, telecommunications, business management, and international business. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, MBA of International Business, Master Information Assurance, and has recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology at Oxford University (UK). She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).
Professor Simmons served as chairperson of Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and has been a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council since 2012. She enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and learning new things. Recently she has taken a course in Quantum Computing.
In 2022, Professor Simmons was selected to be a member of the workshop team to write questions for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam. The CISSP is the most sought-after cybersecurity certification worldwide, and is held by all Montreat Cyber professors. It is sponsored by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, a non-profit organization which specializes in training and certifications for cybersecurity professionals that has been described as the “world’s largest IT security organization.”