Hi. I'm Cihan Varol

I am a Full Professor of Computer Science at Sam Houston State University. I received my B.S. degree from Firat University in Turkey, M.S. from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Research Events

Keynote Speaker at UBMK 2021

Need for Digital Forensics for Better Security and Help of AI

Publication at IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topic in Computing, 2021

Rasheed, A., Mahapatara, R., VAROL, C., Shashidhar, N., “Exploiting Zero Knowledge Proof and Blockchain Towards the Enforcement of Anonymity, Data Integrity and Privacy (ADIP) on IoT”, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topic in Computing, 2021, DOI: 10.1109/TETC.2021.3099701

Research Area

Data Quality and Cleaning

Digital Forensics

Cyber Security


MS and Ph.D. level

DFSC 7350 Operating System Forensics

DFSC 6310 Cyber Warfare & Terrorism

DFSC 5340 Privacy & Personal Data Protection

DFSC 5340 Information Quality Practices

DFSC 5338 Ethical Hacking

DFSC 5336 Business Continuity Management

DFSC 5317 Digital Security

COSC 6319 Software Engineering

COSC 5325 Operating System Security

COSC 5302 Computer Science Core Topics

COSC 5301 CS Fundamentals

BS level

DFSC 4338 Cyber Warfare

DFSC 4317 Digital Security

DFSC 3320 Digital Forensics Tools

DFSC 1316 Digital Forensics & Information Assurance I

COSC 4319 Software Engineering

COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I

Course Schedule and Office Hours - Spring 2022

DFSC 4317: TTH 09:30-10:45

DFSC 4338: TTH 11:00-12:15

DFSC 5317: Online

DFSC 7106 / COSC 4149: M 2:00-2:50

Office Hours: TTH 12:30-14:00

Online by Appt.

Active and recent service work

IEEE P2834

Leading Member in the creation of IEEE P2834: Standard for Secure and Trusted Learning Systems


Co-chair of IEEE sponsored International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security

Graduate Coordinator (2015-2020)

Acted as Graduate Coordinator for the MS and certificate programs at SHSU

MS and PhD Advising

Have supervised/supervising more than 45 students' graduation project/thesis/dissertation

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