Warm and dynamic, Chafic Bou-Saba is anything but robotic.
He’s been instrumental in developing courses for Guilford’s Cyber and Network Security major, recently teaching an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) course titled Encryption, Economy and Ethics. It explores cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin), malware and the ethical dilemmas that technology professionals are presented with in the ever-changing cyber landscape.
“Guilford College is committed to graduating ethical leaders to serve and lead in our community. Ethics are integrated in almost every Cyber and Network Security course at Guilford,” Chafic says. Cyber ethics refers to the code of responsible behavior on the Internet, and Guilford is serious about creating good “cyber citizens,” he explains.
Cyber ethics are also critical to being employable in this field. “Cyber-security ethics are the ethical standards and rules that are employed by cybersecurity professionals to protect the assets (data, network, hardware, and software) from the black-hat criminals,” he says.
In an interdisciplinary department, Chafic is the only exclusively CTIS professor. His background brings the dynamism any student would want. Trained as an electrical and computer engineer, he earned his doctorate at N.C. A&T University. He’s conducted research for the Office of Naval Research, and he’s a Cisco Academy lead instructor.
He’s down for combining different disciplines with his colleagues across campus, too. Only at Guilford could you see high-tech mini computers (called raspberry pies!), combined with various sensors (temperature, humidity, and CO2) and cameras, integrated in birdhouses in the middle of the woods. But that’s how Chafic and his students are helping the Biology Department with research on bird behavior and woods management.