Alan Rea

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Alan Rea
Professor of Business Information Systems
(269) 387-1444
(269) 387-5710
3380 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5412
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Department of Business Information Systems
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5412 USA
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Information security
  • Object oriented programming
Research interests: 
  • Agile methods
  • Digital forensics and dark web
  • Internet of things

Dr. 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.

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