Dr. Irvin R. Heard is an Associate Professor at the University of the Cumberlands with the School of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS). Previously he was the Director/Instructor of Advanced Computer Technology with the Department of Agriculture at Job Corps in W.V., Federal Police Officer with the Department of Defense, Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Cyber Security Division and a U.S. Marine Combat Veteran.

His research interests fall within the umbrella of Computer Science to include the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Security Encryption Gateway, Cyber Defense & Offense, and Social Behavior with the use of computing devices. In addition, served on several committees from a mentor for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), and a Fellow Representative for the NIST Cybersecurity Division. Dr. Heard often helps underserved education communities and schools within the U.S. and other countries by donating servers, creating an organization network, website, and the set-up of open source Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Doctor of Computer Science in Cybersecurity, Colorado Technical University, 2017
M.S. of Information Technology in Information Assurance and Security, American InterContinental University, 2014
B.S. in Criminal Justice – Forensic Science, American InterContinental University, 2010
Certifications - Human Subjects Research, LTE SAE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Counter-Terrorism

Heard, I. R. (2017) An Empirical Analysis of Mobile Learning Acceptance in Puerto Rico's Higher Learning Institutions. International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications (IJSITA), 8, 1-10.

Heard, I. R. (2019) Converting Traditional Learning to Online Environments. In Faculty Roles and Changing Expectations in the New Age, 36-49. IGI Global.

Heard, I. R. & N. R. Ardila (2018) Native vs. Hybrid Mobile Applications as Society Enters the Internet of Things. International Journal of Hyperconnectivity and the Internet of Things (IJHIoT), 2, 30-42.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cryptography
  • Networking
  • Digital Forensics