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Center for Cyber Excellence – Faculty Bios

Allen Harper, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Chair and Executive Director of the Center for Cyber Excellence

  • Ph.D. in Business and IT, with focus on Information Assurance and Security, Capella University
  • M.S., in Computer Science, with focus on Information Assurance, Naval Post Graduate School
  • B.S., in Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University



Dr. Allen Harper served in the IT and cybersecurity industry for more than 30 years. A retired Marine officer, his last tour in 2007 was in Western Iraq where he served as an IT/Security Officer. He has experience performing hundreds of security assessments, in both the public and private sectors. He is an entrepreneur and business executive, starting a successful cybersecurity consulting business and selling it 6 years later.


Dr. Harper has published 5 best-selling security books and is the lead author of the “Gray Hat Hacking” book series which is heading into its 5th edition. He has been featured in a half-dozen prominent magazines and on Federal News Radio, a popular talk radio show in Washington, D.C. that focuses on the Federal Government. Dr. Harper has spoken at national and international security conferences.


Richard Bansley, B.S., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • M.S. in Information Security, Norwich University
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Husson University



Richard Bansley served over 20 years in the United States Navy as a signals intelligence specialist. He earned his Navy Aircrewman wings as airborne electronic warfare analyst and trainer. As a Navy instructor, he developed course curriculum and taught joint service computerized SIGINT collection and analysis techniques, earning a Navy Master Training Specialist certification.


Mr. Bansley has also worked as a project manager and senior staff engineer for multiple space and defense and other federal government customers.


Robert Tucker, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Instructional Technology, George Mason University
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Mississippi State University
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering [Operations Research], Mississippi State University



Prior to teaching, Dr. Tucker spent 25 years in the intelligence community working primarily in software engineering and database implementation.


Before coming to Liberty he taught for nine years in the Computer Science graduate program at James Madison University.

Dr. Tucker’s academic interests include information security, software engineering, web services and programming, as well as database technologies.