Expert Faculty

Western Michigan University's cybersecurity programs are taught by recognized industry experts with a wide range of knowledge and experience, led by Alan Rea and Jason Johnson.


Alan Rea, Ph.D.

Alan Rea is a professor in the Department of Business Information Systems in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University. He regularly teaches courses in Information Assurance, Risk Management, CyberEthics, Linux and Digital Forensics. In his courses, he implements free and open-source software whenever possible to emphasize the changing environment within information systems.

Rea's research concentrates on secure system development, organizational information assurance and risk management approaches. In particular, he has examined security implications associated with developing, deploying and managing cloud services, Internet of Things devices and mobile applications. He is frequently featured as a media expert on his research.

Rea's research has been published in the Journal of Information Systems Education, Journal of Information Systems Security, Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

Rea serves on various academic and industry security working groups and is a co-director of WMU's cybersecurity programs.



Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Western Michigan University. He spent several years working in biometric capture technology as a field support engineer. When his interests shifted to computer science, he enrolled at Western Michigan University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 and his Master of Science degree in 2012.

Additionally, he holds several certifications, including GIAC Security Essentials Certification, GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator, GIAC Certified Web Application Defender, GIAC Penetration Tester, and Mile2 Certified Professional Ethical Hacker. His teaching interests include algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems and information security. He serves as co-director of WMU's cybersecurity programs.