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Jon Adams – Doctoral Student and Adjunct Faculty


I am a doctoral student at Marymount University in Cybersecurity.
My dissertation chair is Dr. Michelle Liu. I passed my dissertation proposal exam in late May 2021.
My dissertation research is focused on usable security and security awareness training.

I’m interested in Human Factors in Cybersecurity, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and Endpoint/Mobile Device Security. My dissertation is, broadly, about human factors related to the adoption of good cyber-hygiene and corporate policy compliance.

Projects and Research:

  • Dissertation Research (TBD): Tentative Title: The Effect of Security Awareness Training and Leadership Commitment on Security Compliance Intent
    Update: 26 May 2021 – Passed dissertation proposal defense and obtained IRB approvals
  • Master’s Project (Dec 2002): A Distributed Peer-to-Peer Web Search Engine using JXTA.
  • GIAC Certification Capstone: Adams, J. K. (2019). WiFiCue: Public Wireless Access Security Assessment Tool – GCIA Gold Paper, September 2019.

Refereed Journals and Conference Papers

  • Conditionally Accepted: Adams, J. K. & Liu, M. (2022). Moderating Impact of User Experience and Comprehension on Security Awareness Training. In Proceedings of the 2022 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2022).
  • Adams, J. K. (2006). A Service-Centric Approach to a Parameterized RBAC Service. In Proc. of the 5th International Conference on Applied Computer Science (ACOS ’06), pp. 1050-1055.

Presentations/ Posters/ Student Papers

  • Adams, J. K. (2001). A Low-Cost Web Server Solution Using Linux. 2001 ADMI Symposium Student Paper (accepted)

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Generally speaking, I teach coursework in cybersecurity, networking, and programming. Some course material is provided below for reference, however official course material is provided on the relevant course management website(s).