Albert Stadler, Missouri Southern’s Chief Information Officer, has been selected to serve on a new advisory board for IBM that will help develop academic curriculum for the field of cyber security.

Stadler – who has been with MSSU for 18 years – was one of several candidates from around the country who were nominated to serve on the panel. Members meet to help the company develop a virtual cyber security lab, based on requirements shared by top academics.

“It’s a unique opportunity to be named to the board and to be able to give input,” said Stadler. “The industry believes there will be an extreme shortage of qualified people in this niche of the information technology industry … as many as 1.5 million by 2020.”

In addition to his service on the IBM panel, Stadler serves on the boards for the Missouri Education and Research Consortium (MERC) and the SANS Institute’s education advisory board, as well as the REN-ISAC national security group. He was on the program committee for the latter group’s recent inaugural Midwest members meeting hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. He is the past chair of the MERC and Missouri Research and Education Network boards.