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Molly Cooper, PhD

Molly Cooper, PhD

Molly Cooper, PhD
Molly Cooper, PhD

Associate Professor
Information Security & Intelligence
Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems
Phone: (231) 591-2444
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Nova Southeastern University Florida, Information Assurance
  • MS, Ferris State University, Information Security and Intelligence, Advanced Studies Project Mgmt
  • BS, Ferris State University, Information Security and Intelligence

Graduate/Post-Graduate Training

  • Post-Graduate, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, University of Texas, TX


Dr. Molly Cooper is a professor and scholar of Information Security, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence. Her areas of research and interest include phishing, social engineering prevention, security controls, gamification of security concepts, IT risk and compliance, and cybersecurity for outer space. She has assisted with phishing research grants funded by the National Science Foundation and has published several works.
In addition to her academic career, Molly’s professional experience includes work in both private and public sectors, specializing in overall information security posture, governance, risk, and compliance, leading security teams, and implementing compliance programs such as FedRAMP, PCI-DSS, IT security controls, and HIPAA/healthcare data security.

Molly’s background also includes a significant amount of experience in the performing arts, music production, and media production, as well as forming culture-building committees and initiatives focusing on women and underrepresented groups in IT.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Conference Proceeding
    Cooper, M., Gogolin, G., Emerick, J. (2021). "What impact does gamification have on cybersecurity student engagement and satisfaction?" Proceedings of the 2021 Knowledge Management (KM) Conference.
  • Journal Article
    Cooper, M., Levy, Y., Wang, L., Dringus, L. (2021). "Heads-up! An alert and warning system for phishing emails," Organizational Cybersecurity Journal: Practice, Processes, and People.
  • Research Report
    Cooper, M., Levy, Y., Wang, L. (2020). "Initial Insights form Subject Matter Experts on a Phishing Email Alert System Prototype Using Audio, Visual, and Haptic Warnings [Extended Abstract]," In L. Dringus (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2020 Knowledge Management (KM) Conference, ISEG. p. 27.
  • Research Report
    Cooper, M. (2020). "An Empirical Assessment of Audio/Visual/Haptic Alerts and Warnings to Mitigate Risk of Phishing Susceptibility in Emails on Mobile Devices," Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Journal Article
    Cooper, M., Levy, Y., Wang, L., Dringus, L. (2020). "Subject matter experts’ feedback on a prototype development of an audio, visual, and haptic phishing email alert system," Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management.
  • Conference Proceeding
    Cooper, M., Levy, Y., Wang, L., Dringus, L. (2019). "Towards an Assessment of Audio and Visual Alerts and Warnings to Mitigate Risk of Phishing Emails Susceptibility," Proceedings of the Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice Conference.
  • Conference Proceeding
    Wash, R., Cooper, M. (2018). "Who Provides Phishing Training? Facts, Stories, and People Like Me." Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.


  • Demonstration
    Cooper, M. (Author & Presenter), Women in Cybersecurity, "Into The Breach - Rehearsing Role-Play Breach Responses," Women in Cybersecurity, Cleveland, (2022).
  • Presentation
    Cooper, M., Knowledge Management 2020, "Towards an audio, visual, and haptic alert and warning system," Virtual, (July 2020).
  • Presentation
    Cooper, M., Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCys), "Scenario-based cybersecurity training through role-play," Aurora, Co (Virtual), (April 2020).
  • Oral Presentation
    Cooper, M., KSU Proceedings on Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice, "Towards an assessment of audio and visual alerts and warnings to mitigate risk of phishing attacks," Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, (October 2019).