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Rita Barrios

Associate Professor
Department Chair, CIS

rita Barrios
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 211
Phone: 313-993-3338
rita Barrios
Areas of Expertise:
All Cyber Security Topics


  • Ph.D. Information Systems: Information Security-Nova Southeastern University
  • MS Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy
  • BA Computer Information Systems, Detroit College of Business


Rita Barrios, who initially joined the university in 2005 as an adjunct professor, now serves the University in a full time capacity as an associate professor and department chair in the Computer and Information Systems department as well as working with the Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Analysis.

Barrios brings with her more than 18 years of Information Technology experience.  Her primary skills reside in the areas of database design, data modeling, SQL performance tuning and standardization.  She has many years as a senior application developer, technical project lead and project manager in the financial and transportation industries.  She has participated in all phases of the software development life cycle including requirements gathering, specification, development, testing and implementation. In 2013, she was named as one of Michigan's top 10 leaders to watch.

Within the areas of research, Barrios has had several papers published in conference proceedings and journals with regard to mobile device security, database security, digital forensics, data integrity, privacy and information security.  In addition, she has published a chapter in Understanding Information Security Forensics titled RAM and File Systems Investigations.  

Her current research interests include information security in the mobile environment, digital and global identity, database security, intrusion detection, access controls and cloud computing concepts. 

To serve her community and profession, in 2012 she became VP of Partner Development with Michigan Council of Women in Technology where her focus is on the development of partnerships with influential organizations in the Information Technology industry.  In this role, she helps to create, initiate and facilitate opportunities for organizations to participate and support MCWT by contributing funds and resources to build and sustain scholarships for higher education.

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