San Antonio, Texas
210 446-0101


The CIRC is comprised of all San Antonio area universities and colleges. Specifically, the representatives are professors in the field of Cybersecurity, IT and Computer Science.

Our goal is to integrate and amplify our institutions’ high-powered cybersecurity capacities into cohesive, academic superiority.


Founded in 2007 by area military and academic colleagues who aspired to leverage all area cybersecurity academic programs.


Members have a greater sense of the superb programs, instruction delivered and research conducted across San Antonio’s fine institutions. Partnerships have and will continue to emerge…

Industry Guidance and Dialogue

Members customarily dialogue with industry leaders, technologists and hiring officials to ensure academic programs and research tracks their needs.

Come Meet Us Up Close

Every one of our team members is devoted to excellence in teaching and research.

Dr. Ayad Barsoum

Ayad is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the MS in Cybersecurity program at St. Mary’s University. Dr. Barsoum received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW), Canada in 2013. 

He is a member of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research at UW. Dr. Barsoum has received the Amazon Web Services in Education Faculty Grant for funding his research and teaching activities. At the University of Waterloo, he received the Graduate Research Studentship, the International Doctoral Award, and the University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship. 

His main research interests include data integrity in cloud computing systems, cybersecurity, information and network security, access control and cryptographic protocols, knowledge discovery and data mining.



Dr. Bokaei Hosseini

Mitra is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at St. Mary’s University. Bokaei received her Ph.D. degree in May 2019 from the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Bokaei came to the U.S. from Tehran, Iran, where she received her M.Sc. degree in Information Technology from K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 2011. She also received her B.Sc. in Information Technology from Qazvin Azad University.

Bokaei has four years of experience in industry as Information Security auditor, where she was responsible for evaluating information systems and security controls in accordance with ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

Bokaei’s research spans on requirements engineering, privacy engineering, and natural language processing. Her goal is to capture and formalize the semantics of natural language privacy requirements into knowledge bases that can be applied to privacy misalignment detection tools, thus enabling policy authors and app developers to tailor the privacy policy and app code automatically. Application of such formal knowledge bases can actuate (1) transparent software implementation for users; and (2) shared understanding between policy authors, app developers, and regulators.


Dr. Nicole Beebe

Nicole L. Beebe holds a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in information technology from The University of Texas at San Antonio, an MS in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a BS in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University.  She has over fifteen years of industry and government experience in information security and digital forensics.  She was a computer crime investigator for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 1998-2007.  She has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2001, is a licensed private investigator in the state of Texas and holds three professional certifications in digital forensics (CCFP, EnCE, ACE).

Research interests: Digital forensics (media and network intrusion forensics; intelligent forensic algorithms), Cyber security (behavioral, managerial and technical issues), Data Analytics (cyber analytics; computational forensics).

Dr. Areej al -Bataineh

Education: Ph.D. University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, Computer Science, 2013, M.S.   Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Computer Engineering, 2002, B.Sc. (Hons)   Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, Computer Science, 1997


Research Interests: Computer and network security, Botnet phenomenon, data stealing and identity theft, development in new network protocols that are immune against abuse by malicious entities.


Other information: founded the Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) San Antonio Affiliate. Director of Center for Cyber Leadership (CCL) at OLLU