Faculty, The Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection

Our  multidisciplinary faculty are outstanding scholars, teachers and researchers who offer a wealth of expertise in cybersecurity, e-Discovery, cybercrime, privacy and data protection, cyber risk management, and rising system vulnerabilities that can affect business. 


Law Faculty

Robert Alan Eisenberg, Esq., Vice President & General Counsel, Envision Discovery LLC, PrOgram DiRector 

Robert Eisenberg has more than 25 years of experience in the rendering of consultative services in the discovery of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), Computer Forensics, Electronic Data Preservation and Retention and eDiscovery in a Cybersecurity Context.    Mr. Eisenberg frequently conducts seminars, webinars, CLE courses and other presentations on the subjects of eDiscovery, Computer Forensics and Data Security.  Mr. Eisenberg is the Founding Chair of one of the nation’s premier eDiscovery CLE programs and “think tanks”, the oldest established law school based eDiscovery program in the US, The Advanced eDiscovery Institute at The Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Eisenberg is also the co-founder of Georgetown Law Center’s eDiscovery Training Academy and Program Director of CSU College of Law’s eDiscovery Practice Support & Technology Distance Learning Certificate Program.  Mr. Eisenberg sits on the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s “Digital Discovery & E-Evidence” (DDEE) and has authored and contributed to numerous articles and papers on eDiscovery, Electronic Data Preservation and Computer Forensics.

Professor Emeritus Candice Hoke, J.D., M.S., Cleveland State University College of Law, Founding Co-Director

Professor Candice Hoke has been involved in cybersecurity and cyber-risk management issues for over a decade.  Professor Hoke first developed expertise in voting technology security and founded and directed the federally funded Center for Election Integrity at CSU.  Working on election security led Professor Hoke to seek systematic advanced training at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Master’s degree in information security.  She was a Cyber Security Engineer with the Cyber Risk and Resilience Team at CERT before returning to CSU College of Law. 

Professor Hoke’s primary focus is cyber risk management, including assessment tools and resilience planning, but she also is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US) as a privacy specialist.  She has co-authored research on the usability of privacy policies and on alternative regulatory approaches for achieving data protection and privacy goals.  She has recently presented on these issues at national conferences. 

Professor Hoke’s interests extend to the underlying causes of cyber insecurity, including software quality and assurance issues, enterprise network architectures, and Internet engineering.  She has advised the Department of Homeland Security on using administrative and regulatory approaches to increase software security and improve supply chain assurance.  Federal legislation and administrative policies have incorporated her recommendations, and these changes are expected to establish demonstrable improvements in software security and assurance.

Professor Hoke has testified before Congress, Federal agencies, and the Ohio General Assembly, and provided background counsel to many public officials on proposed legislative and regulatory initiatives.  She continues to be interested in developing sound enterprise and governmental approaches for incentivizing cyber resilience and privacy protection.

Background:  M.S., Information Security Policy & Management, Carnegie Mellon University; J.D. Yale Law School.  Formerly: Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Risk & Resilience Team, CERT, Software Engineering Institute; election technology & management consultant; Director, Center for Election Integrity; litigation associate attorney with primary emphasis in employment law (Hill & Barlow, Boston, MA); law clerk to Judge Hugh Bownes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  


Brian Ray, J.D., Cleveland State University College of Law, Founding Co-Director

Professor of Law & Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Center, Cleveland State University College of Law

Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in information governance, cybersecurity and data privacy. He co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal. Ray also co-founded the Cleveland eDiscovery, Data Security and Privacy Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Ray's research focuses on security and privacy regulation, national and international jurisdiction over data, and data governance, collection and use policies at the municipal, county and state levels.  He is part of a small team of researchers that in 2018 established the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) with a $1.75 million Digital Excellence Grant by the Cleveland Foundation. He serves as the IoTC Cybersecurity Industry Liaison working with faculty on both campuses and industry to develop applied research and education programs related to IoT security.

In 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Ray to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He co-chairs the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium's Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Sedona Conference's Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group.  He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educator in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards.

Ray also is an expert in comparative and international law. His book, Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa's Second-Wave provides a comprehensive analysis of the South African Constitutional Court's social rights decisions. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and social rights.

Jonathan Witmer-Rich, J.D., Cleveland STate University College of Law

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich is an expert on privacy and surveillance, including the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing surveillance such as Title III, the Stored Communications Act, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  His research and teaching examines emerging forms of government and private-sector surveillance in the context of both national security and law enforcement, in particular the NSA’s post-9/11 programs.  He has written about the proper legal frameworks for new forms of surveillance, including a series of articles on delayed notice search warrants—a form of covert searching authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act.  His articles have appeared in the Florida Law Review, Criminal Law and Philosophy, the Pepperdine Law Review, and the Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Professor Witmer-Rich gained substantial experience with these issues working in the Federal Public Defender's Office, where he litigated questions involving the Classified Information Procedures Act, rendition, and numerous forms of government surveillance.  He also reviewed and analyzed classified government intelligence representing several Guantanamo Bay detainees in habeas corpus proceedings in the D.C. District Court.  Prior to that he worked extensively with what is now known as the “Enron Corpus”—the large database of documents disclosed by Enron following bankruptcy— while representing the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Enron securities class action and related litigation at Jones Day.

In 2010 he received an Ohio Faculty Innovator Award from the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents for innovative and cost-saving use of digital classroom materials. Professor Witmer-Rich currently serves as counsel to the Criminal Rules Committee of the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Professional Experience and Education: law clerk for Judge M. Blane Michael, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; litigation associate, Jones Day; research and writing attorney, Federal Public Defender’s Office; J.D., magna cum laude, University of Michigan School of Law, Maurice Weigle Scholarship Award, Associate & Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review; B.A., Goshen College.

Mickey Davis, J.D., Cleveland State University College of Law

Computer Science Faculty


Haodong Wang, Ph.D., Washkewicz College of Engineering

Dr. Haodong Wang’s research focuses on techniques for achieving security and privacy in cyber-physical systems, networks, and in wireless or mobile operating systems.   His work on open-source public-key cryptosystem implementation has  been adopted by more than twenty renowned research institutes and universities around the world.   An Assistant Professor in Cleveland State’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has served on the program committees of numerous international conferences and as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions, including IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. Dr. Wang has undertaken extensive investigations into cryptography primitives for embedded and recourse-constrained systems.  His research interests extend to information retrieval and efficient data management in wireless networked embedded systems, wireless computing protocols (IEEE 802.11/4G/LTE), and cognitive radio. 

Background:  Ph.D., Computer Science, College of William and Mary; M.S., Electrical Engineering, Penn State University; B.E. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University.  Previously, Assistant Professor, Department of Math and Computer Science, Virginia State University.


Chansu Yu (Chan), Ph.D., Washkewicz College of Engineering

Dr. Chansu Yu, a cybersecurity specialist, chairs CSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  His 27 years of experience in various aspects of networked systems, cluster and cloud computing included deep attention to their security requirements and deficiencies. 

Before joining CSU, Dr. Yu worked in industry for 13 years. His current research focuses primarily on security in wireless communications, cyber-physical systems, and in aspects of computer hardware.   His cybersecurity research has received substantial financial support from ETRI and NSF, and he has presented his research at major peer-reviewed conferences that include IEEE MILCOM 2014.  

Dr. Yu has also been keenly interested in security education, receiving a DUE award (2013~2016) for this work. As Co-Chair of the Network of the Future (NOF) conference in 2013, and as a founding member and Co-chair of IEEE PerCom workshop on Pervasive Wireless networking for eight years, Dr. Yu continues to exercise national leadership in cybersecurity research and security education.  

Background: Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; M.S. and B.S., Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, S. Korea. 

Business Faculty

Raymond Henry, Monte Ahuja College of Business

Raymond M. Henry is the Interim Chair of the Information Systems Department, Director of Business Analytics and associate professor in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.  As information technologies become more pervasive effectively managing cybersecurity and privacy requires understanding both technical and behavioral responses to these concerns.  Dr. Henry’s research takes a socio-technical perspective that looks at the interactions and interdependencies between social and technical systems. He has applied this to explore topics related to IT governance, risk management, and information systems development. His research has been published in premier journals including Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Journal of the AIS, and Journal of Operations Management, among others.  

Janine Spears, Monte Ahuja College of Business

Janine Spears, Associate Professor, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in IT security. Professor Spears conducts behavioral and applied research in IT security risk management and online privacy. She previously led curriculum development for a graduate cybersecurity degree concentration in governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). She developed a field-based course that has won multiple awards whereby students conduct security risk assessments for non-profit community-based organizations. Her research is published in MIS Quarterly, Information & Management, the Journal of Information Systems Education, and in IEEE and ACM conference proceedings. Professor Spears holds a PhD from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from California State University at Los Angeles. She worked for several years as a systems analyst in the aerospace and major motion picture industries.

Psychology Faculty

Conor T. McLennan, Ph.D., College of Sciences and Health Professions

Dr. Conor McLennan is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Language Research Laboratory at Cleveland State University. His research focuses on understanding how listeners represent and process language, the role of bilingualism on cognitive processing, and how cognitive research can be applied to address practical problems. In this last aspect of his research program, Dr. McLennan worked with colleagues to develop – and empirically test – a new model for password security in which users places game pieces on a game board. Their work, published in the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, demonstrated that their Game Changer Password System is both secure and easy to remember. Dr. McLennan has received funding from CSU’s Office of Research, the National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH: NIDCD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Dr. McLennan received his B.A. (Spanish & Psychology) and Ph.D. (Cognitive Psychology) from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Sociology Faculty

Philip Manning, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Dr. Philip Manning is a Professor of Sociology at Cleveland State University.  He is an expert in social theory, qualitative research and the everyday day use of technological systems. His theoretical research concerns the development of American sociological theory from the early 20th century to the present day.  His contributions to qualitative research concern the identification of best practices for observation-based studies of contemporary life. Dr. Manning is working with Dr. McLennan to develop a new model of password security in which the multidimensionality of games is used to enhance the mathematical security of passwords while facilitating users’ ability to remember multiple passwords. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and is published in the International Journal of Human Computer Studies.  Dr. Manning received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Durham and an M.Phil in Criminology and a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences, both from the University of Cambridge.



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