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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When Elana Graham started selling cybersecurity software to small businesses five years ago, business was relatively slow. Now demand is booming, fueled by a rapid expansion of remote work that has left these companies vulnerable to attack.
When Elana Graham started selling cyber-security software to small companies five years ago, business was relatively slow. Now demand is booming, driven by a rapid expansion in remote work that has left small firms vulnerable to attack.
The Nevada Independent
Earlier this year, hackers brought the city of Baltimore to its knees. City employees were locked out of even the simplest systems, and email and phone systems were crippled as citizens were prevented from completing transactions such as paying a water bill.
Hotel Management International Magazine
Within what remain quite niche circles, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding blockchain technology's potential to revolutionise the hospitality sector, with some even christening it "a new internet for the travel industry" with the potential to end online travel agency (OTA) ascendancy. Will Moffitt speaks to hoteliers, entrepreneurs, and academics in an effort to separate hype from reality and asks how close we are to seeing mainstream implementation.

Articles Featuring Yoohwan Kim

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Campus News | February 10, 2021

New interdisciplinary degree looks at long-term solution to thwarting cybercrimes

Yoohwan Kim
Business and Community | May 16, 2017

New cybersecurity minor paving the way for a new bachelor's in the field — making UNLV one of just a few universities in the nation to offer such a program.