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My research interests are focused on usable security. I am interested in usability and user factors that impact cybersecurity and can be utilized to optimize and improve security tools and policies. I am also interested in cybersecurity education and have experience teaching courses in computing, cybersecurity, networks, and programming. I recently defended my dissertation at Marymount University under Dr. Liu. Previously, I graduated with a Master of Science in Systems and Computer Science at Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. I have taught undergraduate coursework at George Mason University, University of Maryland Global Campus, and Northern Virginia Community College in computing, cybersecurity, and information systems. Other relevant earned credentials include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), Incident Handling (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Penetration Tester (GPEN).

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Academic Background

  • Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity, Marymount University (2023)
  • Master of Science in Computer Science, Howard University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science, Benedict College (2001)

Teaching Experience

  • 2019-2021: ITP 270 – Programming for Cybersecurity – Northern Virginia Community College – Online (Synchronous) and In-Person
  • 2022: ITN 260 – Network Security Basics – Northern Virginia Community College – Online (Synchronous)
  • 2020-2022: MIS 320 – Networks and Security – George Mason University – Online (Synchronous and Asynchronous) and In-Person
  • 2011: CMST 385 – Principles of Web Design and Technology I – University of Maryland University College – Online (Asynchronous)
  • 2007: CSC 110 – Intro to Computing – Northern Virginia Community College – In-Person
  • 2003: Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Language Lab, UNC Charlotte – In-Person

Selected Publications