chris mansour
Assistant Professor
Library 402

Christopher Mansour is the Co-Founder and Assistant Professor of Cyber Security Programs at Mercyhurst University. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration in Cyber Security from Villanova University. He has been working on establishing reliability, security and trust for next-generation networks through a layered approach. His areas of expertise include Computer Networks Security, Software Security, Embedded Systems Security, Internet of things, Ubiquitous Computing, Software Defined Networks, Cyber-physical Systems Security, and Trusted Computing. He has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals and has been an invited speaker for multiple Cyber Security talks and workshops. Moreover, Christopher serves as an Assistant Editor for the National Cyberwatch Center’s Cybersecurity Skills Journal and as technical program committee member and reviewer for multiple international conferences and journals. He also serves as a board of trustee member for the Community Access Media, a non-profit in Erie, PA. Furthermore, Christopher serves as a TV/Media subject matter expert on incidents related to Cybersecurity. Christopher is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 


  • Ph.D., Engineering, Villanova University, 2018
  • Certificate in Teaching Engineering in Higher Education, Villanova University, 2017
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Villanova University, 2014
  • Certificate in Cybersecurity, Villanova University, 2014
  • B.S., Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Science and Technology, 2012

Teaching Interests

  • Cryptography and Information Security
  • Computer Networks 
  • Networks Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Trusted Computing and Hardware Security
  • Secure Software Development

Courses Taught

  • CIS 100: Introduction to Computer Science
  • CIS 160: Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • CIS 200: Linear Data Structures
  • CIS 230: Operating Systems
  • CIS 261: Information Security
  • CIS 365: Cyber Law and Policy
  • CIS 360: Computer Systems Security
  • CIS 260: Computer Networks Security
  • CIS 500: Computing and Information Science Concepts
  • CIS 510: Algorithm Development
  • CIS 560: Cyber Networks
  • CIS 565: Systems and Applications Security
  • CIS 566: Cloud Security
  • CIS 502: Penetration Testing

Research Interests

  • Applying Machine Learning Approaches for Next Gen Networks Security
  • Securing Critical Infrastructure through Hardware and Software Defined Solutions

Student Research Opportunities

  • Applying Machine Learning Approaches for Next Gen Networks Security
  • Securing Critical Infrastructure through Hardware and Software Defined Solutions

Professional Affiliations

  • TV/Media subject matter expert on cyber security incidents
  • Board of Trustees Member for Community Access Media
  • Assistant Editor, Cybersecurity Skills Journal 
  • IEEE Member
  • ACM Member

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Chasaki, Danai, and Christopher Mansour. "SDN Security through System Call Learning." 2021 11th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS). IEEE, 2021.
  • Chasaki, Danai, and Christopher Mansour. "Improving Efficiency in Attack Detection through Real-time Processing Monitoring and Machine Learning." 2020 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC). IEEE, 2020.

Grants and External Funding

  • Statler Foundation Grant - $50,000

Awards and Recognitions

  • Ken Schiff Legacy Award Recipient – 2022 faculty member of the year for going above and beyond to support students of the AIM (Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst) program