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Matt Pirko


Clinical Assistant Professor


Matt Pirko, Clinical Assistant Professor
"After my 20 year military career, teaching at Baylor seemed the best way to marry my passion for cybersecurity with my strong belief that more and more people need to be made aware of the issues surrounding cybersecurity and why it should be important to them!"

Degrees Held:

  • MS Information Systems (Security) – Baylor University
  • MS Information Resource Management – Air Force Institute of Technology
  • BA Political Science – Randolph Macon College

Career Highlights:

  • 20+ years in the United States Air Force
  • Instrumental in the introduction of cyber security into the Air Force capability set
  • Assignments to San Antonio, Italy and CENTCOM HQ in Florida
  • Brought local high school students to Baylor to compete in the national-level Cyber Patriot program
  • Introduced Baylor to the competitive cyber competition arena through the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

In which online MBA program do you teach?

Online MBA with a Concentration in Cyber Security


Which classes do you teach online?

Organizational Strategies for Cyber Security


What do students learn in this class? What is the expected outcome?

This class guides the student through the background behind, and the formation of, a strong policy and planning structure for organizational cyber security. Each student will be required to write a number of different policy documents that, as a whole, provide a cyber security policy model which can be carried with the student into their own organization.


Why did you start teaching?

After my 20 year military career, teaching at Baylor seemed the best way to marry my passion for cyber security with my strong belief that more and more people need to be made aware of the issues surrounding cyber security and why it should be important to them!


What advice would you give to prospective online students?

Exhibit patience, wisdom, and humor in all things...but especially in this class.


What qualities make someone particularly successful in cyber security?

The willingness to see cyber security as more than just a collection of technologies, but rather as a combination of technologies AND the underlying critical information being handled by those technologies. Knowledge of "hard" skills are important, but the so-called "soft skills" of communication and facilitation are just as important to the field, and to employers in the field.


What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?

Those who are concerned about the defensive aspect of cyber security and keeping our information safe from those who would exploit it, have a very tough job. While the opponent must only find one way to "get in", the defensive staff needs to protect against everything. And on top of that, technologies are constantly changing, and threats are constantly evolving. Professionals in the cyber security field must be on a constant learning curve to keep up.


What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Bible...at least once.


Tell us something your students might not know about you:

I love to travel and have a working competency in a few different languages.


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