Yoohwan Kim

Professor, Computer Science
Expertise: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Data privacy, Cybersecurity, Data analytics, Computer networks


Yoohwan Kim is a computer scientist who conducts research on blockchain scalability, data privacy on blockchain, blockchain application architecture, and smart contract applications. His other research interests include computer networks, data analytics, secure network design, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) communications, and cyber-physical system (CPS) security. He has spearheaded an effort to develop a cybersecurity major at UNLV.

Kim has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has six patents that are granted or pending. His research on distributed denial-of-service attack prevention established a foundation for a field called Rate-Based Intrusion Prevention Systems. His research has been supported by Microsoft Research, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy Air Command, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, National Nuclear Security Administration, National Security Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2004, Kim gained broad experience in the IT industry. His resumé includes working as a software engineer at Lucent Technologies to develop wireless networking equipment, a management information systems consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and a database programmer at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He also co-founded a technology start-up for internet advertising.


  • B.S., Economics, Seoul National University in South Korea
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University

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K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
As the FBI helps to investigate a cybersecurity hack within the Clark County School District, hackers are claiming to have stolen hundreds of thousands of student personnel records.
The Nevada Independent
The university received grants from Google, the National Security Agency and Small Business Administration to bolster its cybersecurity efforts.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is preparing the expand the Free Cyber Clinic, which deploys students to help protect businesses from cybercrimes.
Las Vegas Sun
Cyberattacks that victimized major resort companies on the Las Vegas Strip this month are a strong reminder to stakeholders to protect their operations from the evolving online threats, an industry expert said.

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Campus News | October 2, 2023

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