Stephen Lyford, PhD

College of Science and Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Coordinator, Information Systems (BS)


  • PhD, Information System Security, NorthCentral University
  • MEd, Secondary Education, Sam Houston State University
  • BS, Computer Science, Sam Houston State University

Courses Taught

  • COSC 2353 Operating Systems
  • COSC 3342 Computer Networks
  • CYEN 3331 Computer Network Security
  • CYEN 4331 Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime
  • CYEN 4337 Security Operations

Teaching Focus

  • Cybersecurity
  • Networking
  • Computer Design
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Hardware / Architecture

Research Interests and Publications

  • ProQuest Publication – “Correlation between Information Security Budgets and Information Security Attacks within Higher Education”
  • Cybersecurity

Awards and Honors

  • 2019 NISOD Teaching in Excellence
  • 2021 Teacher of Excellence – Wharton County Junior College

Previous Academic/Professional Positions

  • Program Director of Computer Science – Wharton County Junior College
  • Instructor of Computer Science – Wharton County Junior College

Additional Information

  • Married with three kids
  • Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in El Campo, Texas
  • CDW Advisory Board Member
  • Wharton County Toys for Tots Coordinator