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Cybersecurity | Faculty

Kenneth Williams, Ph.D., CISSP, ITiL v3

Director of Cybersecurity

A retired US Army IT officer with 24+ years of service, a cybersecurity expert, author, researcher, and public speaker. Dr. Williams has a Graduate and a Ph.D. degree in Cybersecurity from Capella University and has focused intently on cybersecurity, including compliance, governance, and other related aspects of cybersecurity mitigation. Dr. Williams serves as a subject matter expert (SME) in various cybersecurity forums, consults as a cybersecurity SME for multiple organizations such as the US Cybersecurity Command and US Coast Guard, and authored IT/cybersecurity curriculums for various universities. Dr. Williams also serves as a mentor and reviewer for the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) to various academic institutions. Dr. Williams spearheaded the launch of the Cyber Bytes Academy (CBA) a cybersecurity continuation education center focus on cybersecurity certification and workforce development. Dr. Williams served as a cybersecurity academic SME for the California Community College Chancellor's office to develop the first fully online zero textbook cybersecurity collaborative program for the various community colleges. 

He has also served as a panel member on multiple cybersecurity forums and as a keynote speaker. Dr. Williams successfully spearheaded the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) effort for the American Public University System (APUS), resulting in its designation as an NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). Dr. Williams has been a cybersecurity visiting and adjunct professor for various universities since 2011, including DeVry University, University of Maryland Global Campus, Strayer University, Sullivan University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Williams served on a panel of three cybersecurity experts as the academic representative and advisor to address the unique issue of training the future cybersecurity warrior; this panel, held in Augusta, Georgia, was commissioned by the US Cyber Command. Dr. Williams also served as one of the academic cybersecurity representatives to the US Coast Guard to address unique cybersecurity issues related to threats to US ports and flag vessels. He has spoken to a national group of US high school cybersecurity individuals during the National Cybersecurity Summit in Huntsville, Al, sponsored by the National Security Agency and Homeland Security. Dr. Williams also presents at cybersecurity conferences and is a published author in peer-reviewed cybersecurity journals. Dr. Williams holds current cybersecurity and Information Technology certifications, including the Sec+, Network+, Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)v3. He is an accomplished cybersecurity-published author and authority with viewpoints in trade journals such as CSO Online and Security Magazine.


Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at SUNO who has 13 years of teaching and research experience in cybersecurity, global software outsourcing, communications, cross-cultural study, and cloud computing. Her scholarship has appeared in outlets including the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, DATABASE for Advances Information Systems, CAIS, Behavior & IT, and IJMIT. Dr. Yu is a trained and qualified IBM cybersecurity instructor, teaching an IBM Skills Academy integrated cybersecurity course at SUNO. Dr. Yu's responsibility includes overseeing the project activities such as com-se development and offers at SUNO, partnership enhancement with local industry, and SURE recruitment and mentorship.

Dr. Yanjun Yu



Paula Slumkoski

Office Manager of  the Cybersecurity Program 


Phone: (504)286-5063

Ricardo Mesa



Phone: (504)272-7856