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Rita Barrios

Adjunct Professor
Cybersecurity & Information Systems

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Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 211
Phone: 313-993-3338
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Areas of Expertise:
Cybersecurity - All Topics


  • Ph.D. Information Systems: Information Security-Nova Southeastern University
  • Master of Science - Information Systems, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Bachelor of Arts - Computer Information Systems, Detroit College of Business


Rita 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.

Previously, she has served as department chair in the Cybersecurity & Information Systems department. She joined the University in 2005.

Media Appearances


    Managing Massive Projects A Byte At a Time

    Diva Tech Talk is a a specialized communication channel highlighting women doing wonderful things in the technology arena by creating podcasts from interviews with successful female individuals in the field and covering various technology events.  In episode 54, Diva Tech Talk speaks with Rita Barrios, Ph.D., associate professor and then chair of Detroit Mercy's Cybersecurity & Information Systems department on her career path and her work to build the next generation of cybersecurity and information systems professionals.  Listen to the full podcast and read the transcript.
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