Alan Rea

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Alan Rea
Professor of Business Information Systems
(269) 387-1444
(269) 387-5710
3380 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5412
Mailing address: 
Department of Business Information Systems
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5412 USA
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Application
  • Internet
  • Mobile programming
  • Information security
Research interests: 
  • Secure mobile application development

Dr. Alan Rea is a Western Michigan University professor of computer information systems in the Department of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business.

His research, in particular, focuses on the security and privacy implications intertwined in developing, deploying and managing the Internet of Things.

Rea is developing the Risk Management Internet of Things framework. Businesses can use RIOT to classify devices in terms of a risk score adjusted to each organization’s risk appetite and residual risk tolerance. Using game theory strategies combined with Trust|Vulnerability|Asset scorecards an organization will be able to identify which IoT devices might best fit into existing infrastructures and which might best be left out or, at the very least, placed in less sensitive network segments. A modified RIOT framework will extend to home environments as well.

Rea is a computer information systems advisor, in addition to being the coordinator for the electronic business marketing major.