University of Houston Cyber Security Experts

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The University of Houston is a leader in cybersecurity education, and UH experts are nationally recognized in the field. UH is one of only three universities in Texas with dual designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for its educational and research programs in cybersecurity and cyber defense.  

Experienced faculty experts from the University of Houston are available to provide context and clarity to local and national journalists seeking to advance their stories. For assistance coordinating a faculty interview, please contact the UH Media Relations team.

CYBER SECURITY AND COMPUTER EXPERTS

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Art Conklin, associate professor of information and logistics technology and director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education, is the author of six books associated with information security. Conklin is principal investigator for a $1.1 million federal grant to improve security for critical energy infrastructure. He has expertise in security for critical infrastructure, with previous work involving water, utilities and oil and gas delivery.  He has testified before multiple federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

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Chris Bronk, assistant professor of computer and information systems, is associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education. A former foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, his research is focused on cyber geopolitics, with additional work in organizational innovation, knowledge management, and intelligence studies. 

Media Contact: Jeannie Kever, jekever@uh.edu, 713-743-0778

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Rakesh Verma, professor of computer science, studies computer security, data science and formal methods, with a focus on verification of protocols, email security, masquerade attacks, and natural language processing. His research focuses on authorship detection, automatic summarization and question answering, key phrase extraction (e.g., idioms, collocations) in natural language processing, and masquerade attacks including phishing/spear-phishing and social engineering attacks in computer security. 

Media Contact: Sara Tubbs, sstubbs2@uh.edu, 713-743-4248

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Thamar Solorio is an associate professor of computer science who can speak to Authorship Attribution, which is often needed in cases of cyber-bullying or security threats, when the author of an anonymous document needs to be identified. Solorio can also talk about natural language processing, a brand of computer science that deals with the interface between human languages and computers and stylistic analysis in text.

Media Contact: Sara Tubbs, sstubbs2@uh.edu, 713-743-4248