Dr. Lucy Tsado

Lucy Tsado

General Information

  • Position: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
  • E-mail: ltsado@lamar.edu
  • Phone: 409-880-7872
  • Office: Maes 64


  • Ph.D. Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, 2016.
  • M.Sc. Management Information Systems, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, 2008.
  • B.Sc. Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna States, Nigeria

Past Research

  • Book

    Tsado, L., Osgood, R. (2022). Exploring Careers in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. Rowman & Littlefield.

    Exploring Careers in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics is designed to help students and professionals navigate the unique opportunity that a career in digital forensics and cybersecurity provides. From undergraduate degrees, the job hunt and networking, to certifications and mid-career transitions, this book is a useful tool for students, advisors, and professionals alike. Lucy Tsado and Robert Osgood help students and school administrators understand the opportunity that exists in the cybersecurity and digital forensics field, provide guidance for students and professionals out there looking for alternatives through degrees, and offer solutions to close the cybersecurity skills gap through student recruiting and retention in the field.

    Journal Articles

    1. Tsado, L. & Kim, J. S. (2022). Assessing practical cybersecurity skills gained through criminal justice courses to benefit private sector companies. Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice. Forthcoming.
    2. Guler, A., Boke, K. & Tsado, L.K. (2022). Analyzing Nigerians’ perspectives on the causes of violent extremism, government responses, and possible solutions.Secur J.  https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-022-00330-9
    3. Tsado, L. (2019). Cybersecurity education: The need for a top-driven, multidisciplinary, school-wide approach. Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice: Vol. 2019: No. 1, Article 4. https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jcerp/vol2019/iss1/4
    4. Onwudiwe I. D., Tsado, L., Ejiogu K. U., McGee-Cobbs, R. E, and Okoye, I. (2016). In defense of the Nigerian homeland. African Social Science Review, 8(1), 88-115. https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/assr/vol8/iss1/5 
    5. Sherif, K., Tsado, L, Zheng, W., Airhia, B. (2013). An exploratory study of organization architecture and the balance between exploration and exploitation of knowledge, VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, 43(4), 442-461. https://doi.org/10.1108/VINE-04-2012-0006



  • CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 2313: Corrections Systems and Practices
  • CRIJ 3309: Class, Race, Gender, and Crime
  • CRIJ 4313: Cybersecurity
  • CRIJ 4313: Digital Forensics


  • CRIJ 5310: Criminal Justice Systems and Policies
  • CRIJ 5330: Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation
  • CRIJ 5340: Cybercrime

Lucy Tsado is motivated in seeing students succeed in their careers. Her research in this area are works like her dissertation titled Analysis of Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerabilities: Skills Gap and Professional Development, where she discusses the need for effective cybersecurity workforce planning as a way to mitigate risk in an organization. In an article titled Cybersecurity Education: The need for a top-driven, multidisciplinary, school-wide approach, she emphasized the need for school administrators at institutions of higher learning to drive cybersecurity from the top to ensure a successful cybersecurity education ecosystem in communities. Her co-authored book Exploring Careers in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics provides students, professionals, career counselors and school administrators the guidance and direction in cybersecurity and digital forensics education.

She is also interested in involving more criminal justice departments at educational institutions in cybersecurity and digital forensics education, in order to increase cybersecurity talent; and the relationship between cybersecurity and risk management which are like two peas in the same pod.