- Ph.D., University of Waterloo (Canada), 2013
- M.S., Ain Shams University (Egypt), 2004
- B.S., Ain Shams University (Egypt), 2000
- Advanced Computer Networks
- Files and Databases
- Object Oriented Programming
- Visual Programming
- Cloud Computing
- Computer Security and Privacy
- Network Security
- Web Programming
Ayad Barsoum, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Graduate Program Director of Cybersecurity, and Director of NSA/DHS Designated Center for Cyber Excellence. Barsoum joined St. Mary’s University in 2013 and has dedicated his time and effort to putting St. Mary’s University on the cybersecurity map — not only in San Antonio, but also Texas and the USA. He led the efforts to propose and develop the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program and the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity program. He also contributed to bringing the cybersecurity lab to St. Mary’s, developed through grants from the Hearst Foundation and the Valero Energy Foundation. Barsoum spearheaded the NSA/DHS project to have a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity – Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) and to have an NSA/DHS designation for the MS in Cybersecurity Program. Currently, he serves as a reviewer and mentor for NSA CAE-CD. Barsoum received the Distinguished Faculty Award, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2022-2023.
Barsoum received his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW) in Canada in 2013. He is a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research at UW. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from Ain Shams University in Egypt in 2000 and 2004, respectively.
Barsoum has received the Amazon Web Services in Education Faculty Grant for funding his research and teaching activities. At the UW, he received the Graduate Research Studentship, the International Doctoral Award and the University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship.
Barsoum is the author of the book Data Integrity in Cloud Computing Systems: Challenges and Solutions. He published many refereed technical papers in leading research journals and conference proceedings. He has been nominated to the editorial review board of International Journal of Cyber Research and Education. Currently, he is serving as a Faculty Evaluator at the American Council on Education.
Barsoum has also been a guest speaker for several international conferences. He is a reviewer for many international conferences and leading research journals that include IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Access, The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Annals of Telecommunications Journal, and Computers & Security Journal.
Barsoum has served in various capacities, including but not limited to: University’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO), a member of the Institutional Review Board; a judge at the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair; an advisory board member at St. Philip’s College; a chair of School of Science, Engineering and Technology poster competition at the Annual Research Symposium; a reviewer for SURF proposals; and a member of the Cyber Innovation and Research Consortium Committee.
Barsoum’s passion for teaching and propagating knowledge to students is his primary motivation to continue his career in academia. Teaching gives him the opportunity and responsibility to contribute in developing young minds by offering them his expertise for a field. He doesn’t just teach concepts to his students; he engages them in discussions and debates. This type of interaction, Barsoum believes, is crucial to helping students understand the subject at hand. Barsoum also brings industry experience to his role as Associate Professor of Computer Science, having previously served as a postdoctoral fellow of Intrafinity Inc. in Toronto.
His main research interests include cybersecurity, data integrity in cloud computing systems, information and network security, access control and cryptographic protocols, data science and machine learning.
Ayad Barsoum, “Data Integrity in Cloud Computing Systems: Challenges and Solutions”, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-3659370892
David Culbreth, Ayad Barsoum, “High Bandwidth Applications: An Analysis of Strategies Employed by Video Hosting and Distribution Platforms to Handle High-Volume Traffic”, Journal of Network and Information Security, vol.11, no.1 2023.
Nathalie Ayala Santana and Ayad Barsoum, “Network Access Control for Government: An Analytical Study”, IJCRE vol.4, no.1 2022
Maria Isaura Lopez and Ayad Barsoum, “Traditional Public-key Cryptosystems and Elliptic Curve Cryptography: A Comparative Study”, International Journal of Cyber Research and Education, Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2022
Samman Tyata, Ayad Barsoum, “Network Management Protocols: Analytical Study and Future Research Directions”, Journal of Network and Information Security, Vol. 9, Issue 2, 2021
David Culbreth, Adan Guadarrama, Ayad Barsoum , “Effective Security Assessments and Testing”, International Journal of Cyber Research and Education (IJCRE), Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 17 – 23, 2020
Mark Maldonado and Ayad Barsoum, “Machine Learning for Web Proxy Analytics”, International Journal of Cyber Research and Education (IJCRE), Volume 1, Issue 2, pp. 30-41, July 2019
Richard Thames and Ayad Barsoum, “Cloud Storage Assured Deletion: Considerations and Schemes”, Journal of Network and Information Security, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 19-22, December 2018
Ayad Barsoum and Athanasios Vasilakos, “Remote Integrity Verification for Multiple Data Copies in Cloud Environments: A Comparative Analysis and Open Research Issues”, Journal of Network and Information Security, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp. 24 – 37, September 2016
Ayad Barsoum, “Provable Data Possession in Single Cloud Server: A Survey, Classification, and Comparative Study”, International Journal of Computer Applications, Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA, 123(9):1-10, August 2015
Ayad F. Barsoum, M. Anwar Hasan, “Provable Multi-Copy Dynamic Data Possession in Cloud Computing Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp. 485 – 497. March 2015
Ayad F. Barsoum, M. Anwar Hasan, “Verifying Outsourced Replicated Data in Cloud Computing Storage Systems”, International Journal of Computer Applications, Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA, Volume 99, No. 7, August 2014
Ayad Barsoum and M. Anwar Hasan, “Enabling Dynamic Data and Indirect Mutual Trust for Cloud Computing Storage Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 2375-2385, Dec. 2013
Adikari, Ayad Barsoum, M. A. Hasan, A. H. Namin, and C. Negre, “Improved Area-Time Trade-offs for Field Multiplication using Optimal Normal Bases”, IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 193-199, Jan. 2013
Eden Woldeselassie and Ayad Barsoum, “Big Data: Related Technologies and Challenges”, UTSA College of Sciences Research Conference, UTSA, SA, Texas, October 05, 2018
Ayad Barsoum, “Cybersecurity Education at St. Mary’s University”, AFCEA Alamo, San Antonio, TX, November 14, 2017
Ayad Barsoum, “CyberMary: St. Mary’s University at the Cyber-Map of San Antonio”, 53rd ACET (Association for Computer Educators in Texas) conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2017
Ayad Barsoum, “Cloud Security: Challenges, Mitigation, and Future Directions”. In Proceedings of BSides 2016, San Antonio, Texas, USA, May 2016
Sravanthi Sunkireddy and Ayad Barsoum, “Secure Cloud-Based Storage System with Remote Data Auditing Services”. 17th Annual Research Symposium and Exhibition (judged poster), St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, USA, April 2016
Sravanthi Sunkireddy and Ayad Barsoum, “Remote Data Integrity for Cloud-Based Storage System”. In Proceedings of SSPC 2016, Information Technology Track, San Antonio, Texas, USA, January 2016
Moutaz Shedid and Ayad Barsoum, “Corporate Network Simulator”. In Proceedings of SSPC 2016, Information Technology Track, San Antonio, Texas, USA, January 2016
Ayad Barsoum, “Data in the Cloud: Risks and Mitigation”, 50th ACET (Association for Computer Educators in Texas) conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2014
Ayad Barsoum and M. Anwar Hasan, “Integrity Verification of Multiple Data Copies over Untrusted Cloud Servers”. In Proceedings of the 12th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing, CCGRID ’12, Canada, 2012