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Thaier Hayajneh

University Professor

Thaier Hayajneh

Department of Computer and Information Sciences
113 W 60th Street, LL616A, New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-636-7785

Founder Director, Fordham Center of Cybersecurity
Program Director, MS in Cybersecurity


Thaier Hayajneh, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Fordham Center for Cybersecurity, University Professor, and director of the cybersecurity programs at Fordham University, New York. Prior to joining Fordham, he was a full-time faculty of computer science at New York Institute of Technology and founding director of NYIT Center of Excellence in Cyber Security (2014-2016). He also worked as Chair and Associate Professor at the Computer Engineering Department at the Hashemite University in Jordan (2009-2014). He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Information Sciences with specialization in cybersecurity and Networking from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He also received his MS and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, in 1999 and 1997, respectively.

He served on several NSF Cybersecurity review panels and serves as a CAE reviewer and mentor for NSA. His research focuses on cybersecurity and networking, including wireless security, applied cryptography, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and IoT security, privacy, and forensics. His research was funded by NSA, DoD, NSF and he published over 80 papers in reputable journals and conferences.

Dr. Hayajneh is currently serving/served as Editor in Chief, editor, and guest editor for a number of prestigious Journals. He also served as Program Chair and on the technical program committee of several leading conferences including IEEE NSS, GLOBECOM, and ICC. He reviewed for numerus number of prestigious journals (over 100 reviews) and received several peer-review awards from Publons.  

Research Interests

My current research area is in cybersecurity and networking, including wireless networking security, system’s security, information assurance and privacy, crypto-resilient attacks, applied cryptography, blockchain and cryptocurrency, IoT security and privacy, cyber-physical systems and WBAN security, steganography, lightweight cryptographic algorithms and protocols, cloud-computing security, ad hoc and WSNs, secure remote patient monitoring systems, computer networks protocols and QoS, and wireless networks coexistence.

More specifically, my research focusses on applying and designing security protocols and techniques to secure systems including: medical systems, wireless systems, Internet-of-Things, Sensors, and electronics systems, computer systems, networking systems, etc. Hence, I publish in journals and conferences that are related to these fields and indexed in Scopus (Elsevier) and/or Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics).

Selected Publications

The full list of my publications is available in C.V. and at my Google Scholar.


    H. Tao, MZA Bhuiyan, A. Abdulla, M. Hassan Wu, T. Hayajneh, “Secured Data Collection with Hardware-based Ciphers for IoT-based Healthcare,” in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Available online 10 July 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/JIOT.2018.2854714) 

   K. N. Griggs, O.  Ossipova, C. P. Kohlios, A. N. Baccarini, E. A. Howson, T. Hayajneh, “Healthcare Blockchain System Using Smart Contracts for Secure Automated Remote Patient Monitoring,” Journal of Medical Systems, Vol. 42, No. 130, 2018. (DOI: 10.1007/s10916-018-0982-x)

   C. Kholes, T. Hayajneh, “A Comprehensive Attack Flow Model and Security Analysis for Wi-Fi and WPA3,” Electronics 2018, Vol. 7, No. 11, 284. (DOI: 10.3390/electronics7110284)

   T. Hayajneh, K. N. Griggs, M. Imran, B J Mohd “Secure and Efficient Data Delivery for Fog-Assisted Wireless Body Area Networks,” Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, 2019. (DOI:

   K. Tuhubur, T. Hayajneh, “Cyber Security in Social Media: Challenges and the Way Forward,” IEEE IT Professional, 2019. (DOI: 10.1109/MITP.2018.2881373)

   A Alhayajneh, A Baccarini, G Weiss, T. Hayajneh, A Farajidavar, “Biometric Authentication and Verification for Medical Cyber Physical Systems,” Electronics 2018, Vol. 7, No. 12, 436. (DOI:

   B J Mohd, T. Hayajneh, “Lightweight Block Ciphers for IoT: Energy Optimization and Survivability Techniques,” in IEEE Access Journal, Vol. 6, pp. 35966-35978 2018. (DOI: 10.1109/access.2018.2848586)

  B. J. Mohd, T. Hayajneh, K. Yousef, Z. AbuKhalaf, MD Bhuiyan, “Hardware design and modeling of lightweight block ciphers for secure communications,” Future Generation Computer Systems, Vol. 83, pp 510-521, 2018. (DOI: 10.1016/j.future.2017.03.025.) 

 AM Lonzett, P Cope, J Campbell, BJ Mohd, T Hayajneh, "Security Vulnerabilities in Bluetooth Technology as Used in IoT," Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks. 2018; 7(3):28. (DOI: 10.3390/jsan7030028)

 MZA Bhuiyan, J Wu, GM Weiss, T Hayajneh, T Wang, G Wang, “Event Detection through Differential Pattern Mining in Cyber-Physical Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Big Data, Available online 25 July 2017, ISSN 2332-7790, (DOI: 10.1109/TBDATA.2017.2731838) 

 T. Hayajneh, S Ullah, BJ Mohd, K. Balagani, “An Enhanced WLAN Security System with FPGA Implementation for Multimedia Applications,” IEEE Systems Journal, Vol. 11, No. 9, 2017. (DOI: 10.1109/JSYST.2015.2424702)

 A Bacchanni, T. Hayajneh, “Evolution of Format Preserving Encryption on IoT Devices: FF1+,” The 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-52) (IEEE HICSS 2019), Hawaii, USA, 2019.

 S Uresell, T. Hayajneh, “Desktop Browser Extension Security and Privacy Issues,” Future of Information and Communications Conference (FICC 2019), San Francisco, USA, 2019.

 E Dacaymat, J Zhang, Q Wang, T. Hayajneh, Md Bhuiyan, “Exploring Problems with Virtualization in Cloud Computing,” In Proc. of The IEEE 16th Intl Conf on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing (IEEE DASC 2018), Athens, Greece, Aug 12-15, 2018.

 J Varghese, T. Hayajneh, “A Framework to Identify Security and Privacy Issues of Smart Home Devices” In Proc. of The IEEE 9th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEEE UEMCON 2018), New York, USA, 2018.