Molly Cooper | Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: IRC 212K


Phone: 231.591.2444

Professional activities and areas of interest

Molly Cooper is an Assistant Professor for Information Security and Intelligence at Ferris State University and former GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) Lead at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Cooper has created several compliance programs ensuring the security of payment card data, security control compliance, and healthcare data. She has assisted with phishing research grants funded by the National Science Foundation and other organizations and has submitted several publications. She has formed several culture-building committees including Club25,  and Empower IT – representing Women of IT and underrepresented members of the IT community, and is currently the faculty advisor for Women in Cybersecurity (WICS) at FSU.

Research interests

Her primary technical and research interests are phishing prevention, information security controls, gamification of cybersecurity concepts, IT risk, IT compliance, artificial intelligence,  and social engineering prevention. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in information security and project management, and holds a Ph.D. in cybersecurity/information assurance.



  • Ph.D., Cybersecurity/Information Assurance – Nova Southeastern University.
  • MS, Information Security and Intelligence – Ferris State University.
  • BS, Information Security and Intelligence – Ferris State University.


  • Payment Card Industry Internal Security Assessor (ISA) — PCI Security Standards Council
  • Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) — ISACA


  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • InfraGard, Michigan Members Alliance
  • AWS Educate – Educator
  • Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)


  • Cooper, M. (2020). An empirical assessment of Audio/Visual/Haptic alerts and warnings to mitigate risk of phishing susceptibility in emails on mobile devices. 
  •  Cooper, M., M. (2020). Innovations in Cybersecurity (CyberRoll). 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education, National CyberWatch Center.   
  • Cooper, M., Levy, Y., Wang, L., & Dringus, L. (2020). Initial insights from subject matter experts on a phishing email alert system prototype using audio, visual, and haptic warnings [Extended Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2020 Knowledge Management (KM) Conference, ISEG – University of Lisbon, Portugal, p.27. [Best Student Paper Award]. 
  • 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, Kennesaw State University, GA., pp. 1-7. 
  • Wash, R., & Cooper, M. M. (2018). Who provides phishing training? Facts, stories, and people like me. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Montreal, Canada. [Honorable Mention Award].


Information Security and Intelligence, MS in Information Security and Intelligence