Fields of Research (FoR)System and network security, Software and application security, Cybersecurity and privacy, Data security and protection
Arash Shaghaghi is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UNSW Sydney. He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy Group (IsPri) at CSE and the UNSW Institute for Cyber Security (IFCYBER). Arash has previously been affiliated with RMIT University, Deakin University, Data61 CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Texas at Dallas. He completed his PhD at UNSW...view more
Arash Shaghaghi is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UNSW Sydney. He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy Group (IsPri) at CSE and the UNSW Institute for Cyber Security (IFCYBER). Arash has previously been affiliated with RMIT University, Deakin University, Data61 CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Texas at Dallas. He completed his PhD at UNSW Sydney in Computer Science and Engineering, MSc in Information Security at University College London (UCL) and BSc at Heriot-Watt University.
Arash is an award-winning educator with multiple awards and recognitions for leading the design, development, and delivery of hands-on cybersecurity programs and courses. Before joining UNSW, he led the development and delivery of the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security Governance and Risk Management at RMIT. At Deakin University, Arash was the Deputy Academic Director (Teaching) at the School of IT and the South-Asia Coordinator for the same school. At Deakin, he was the Director for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and a member of course leadership for the Bachelor of Cybersecurity. He has completed advanced training in designing and teaching effective learning programs and holds the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) from Deakin University.
As a researcher, Arash has received over $1Mil AUD funding (PI and CI combined) for his cyber security research from various sources, including industry, government, and universities. Most recently, he was awarded $528K as Primary Investigator from CSCRC and Cisco for the "IoT Data Security and Assurance Framework for Intelligent Transport" project. He has received awards and appraisals for his research performance, including university recognitions and best paper awards. His research findings have been covered by media outlets such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Arash currently serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Ad Hoc Networks.
Recent grants at UNSW:
"IoT Data Security and Assurance Framework for Intelligent Transport", Source: Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre and Cisco, Amount: $528,000, 2022-2024.
[Role: Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators: Prof Flora Salim, Prof Sanjay Jha, A/Prof Gustavo Batista, Professor Ruhul Sarker, A/Prof Aleksander Ignjatovic] || [Project Announcement: IFCYBER, UNSW]
"An Open-Source Context Sharing Platform for IoT Deployments", Source: UNSW Centre for Critical Digital Infrastructure, Amount: $50,000, 2022.
[Role: Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators: Prof Sanjay Jha, Simon Finn] || [Project Announcement: IFCYBER]
"Advanced IDE for software security support", Source: Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Amount: $300,000, 2022-2024. [Role: Co-investigator, Principal Investigator: Helen Paik, Co-Investigators: Prof Sanjay Jha, Dr Siqi Ma]
Other grants (selected):
"Provably Secure and Efficient Machine-to-Machine Authentication Solutions for IoT Systems", Source: Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), Amount: $180,000, 2021-2024. [PhD Research Project, Role: Primary Supervisor, Co-Supervisor: Prof Robin Doss]
"Zero Trust Architectures for Australia's Critical Infrastructure Security", Australian Government, Amount: $60,741, 2020. [Role: Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator: Prof Robin Doss]
"Fingerprinting Compromised IoT Devices Based on Power Consumption", Source: Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), Amount: $10,700, 2019. [Honours Project, Role: Primary Supervisor]
"Data after Death (DaD): Understanding the Risks to Australians", Source: Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI), Deakin University, Amount: $10,000. [Role: Primary Investigator]
"Detecting Internet of Thing (IoT) Bots" | Summer Research Project, Source: Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI), Deakin University, Amount: $4,000. [Role: Primary Supervisor]
"Bitcoin Meta-data and Malware C&C Servers" | Summer Research Project, Source: School of IT, Deakin University, Amount: $9,326. [Role: Primary Supervisor]
- PhD - Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia.
- MSc - Information Security, University College London (UCL), UK.
- BSc - Heriot-Watt University, UK.
- Negotiation Strategies for Researchers, UNSW Sydney, 2022.
- Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning and Teaching), Deakin University, Australia, 2021.
- Data: Law, Policy, and Regulation, London School of Economics (LSE), UK, 2021.
- Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme, The University of Oxford, UK, 2018.
- Project Management for Researchers, RMIT University, 2022.
- Introduction to Qualitative Research, Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI), Australia, 2022.
2018 - now:
- Deakin University, School of Information Technology Award - Excellence in Early Career Research Performance, 2020.
- Best Demo Award, The 45th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) [Core A-ranked], 2020.
- Deakin University, School of Information Technology Award - Excellence in Teaching & Unit Development, 2020.
- Deakin University, School of Information Technology Award - Successfully Embedding Industry Certifications within Cyber Security Units, 2020.
- Deakin University, School of Information Technology Award - Excellence in International Student Engagement, 2020.
- Deakin University, School of Information Technology - Teaching & Learning Award: Outstanding Industry Capstone Supervisor, 2019.
- The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), UNSW ARC Research Student Award, 2018
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
- I'm looking to recruit 2 PhD students with competitive scholarships: tuition fee and up to 50K per annum living stipend starting in 2023. More details to come soon. If interested, send me an email with all your transcripts attached.
- URGENT: I'm recruiting a Senior Research Associate for a 2-year project funded by CSCRC and Cisco: Jobs - Job Details - Senior Research Associate in Cybersecurity (unsw.edu.au)
- I will soon be recruiting a Software Engineer for the same project too. If interested, email me your CV.
- PhD Students: 3 (Ongoing).
- PostDoc: 3 (Completed).
- Masters with Major Thesis: 3 (Completed).
- Funded Summer Projects: 2 (Completed),
- Masters with Minor Thesis: 10 (Completed).
Why cybersecurity continues to be a problem for the industry | UNSW Newsroom (20 Oct 2022) (Re-published by UNSW Twitter highlights, KBI.Media, Academicgates, Business Acumen Magazine, Miragenews, The National Tribune, IDM). Several media interviews by Prof Jha based on our joint media release, including with The Wire, Reuters, ABC, Yahoo Finance, U.S.news, and more.
Podcast with RRR - topic: "Cybersecurity on Private Message Apps"
Radio Interview with Byte Into IT (21 September 2022) - topic: "Encryption and Secure Messaging Apps".
Radio Interview with Joy Media | Joy Drive (15 September 2022) - topic: "Encryption and Secure Messaging Apps".
Unlocking the secret to private messaging apps | UNSW Newsroom (Re-published by UNSW Twitter highlights, TechXplore, Miragenews.com, The National Tribune, Technology Decisions, Techxplore, Pinterest, Womenlovetech, Amity Source, The Wix)
Digging your own digital grave: how should you manage the data you leave behind? (theconversation.com) (Re-published by Gizmodo, Cosmos Magazine, Australasian Science, Australian Privacy Foundation, Downtoearth, Serenity Funerals)
"From the cradle to the grave", published by Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Cyber Today.
ABC Radio National: Data after death: protecting your digital legacy - ABC Radio National. (interviews on the same topic with ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Statewide Drive NSW, ABC Radio Adelaide, 2NURFM Radio of New Castle).
"Cybersecurity and Law" interview with Deakin Newsroom as program lead for the School of IT, Deakin University.
- Operating System Fundamentals for Security (ZZEN9217), Master of Cyber Security, UNSW Online.