Dr Arash Shaghaghi
Senior Lecturer

Dr Arash Shaghaghi

Education:

  • PhD - Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • MSc - Information Security, University College London (UCL), UK.
  • BSc -  Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Certifications:

  • 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.
Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering

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.

Location
School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Level 4, Building K17, UNSW SYDNEY 2052.
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Ali Shah SW; Shaghaghi A; Kanhere SS; Zhang J; Anwar A; Doss R, 2020, 'Echo-id: Smart user identification leveraging inaudible sound signals', IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 194508 - 194522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3031899
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Abaid Z; Shaghaghi A; Gunawardena R; Seneviratne S; Seneviratne A; Jha S, 2021, 'Health access broker: Secure, patient-controlled management of personal health records in the cloud', in Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, pp. 111 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57805-3_11
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Kamenski D; Shaghaghi A; Warren M; Kanhere SS, 2021, 'Attacking with bitcoin: Using bitcoin to build resilient botnet armies', in Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, pp. 3 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57805-3_1
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Puggioni E; Shaghaghi A; Doss R; Kanhere SS, 2020, 'Towards Decentralized IoT Updates Delivery Leveraging Blockchain and Zero-Knowledge Proofs', in 2020 IEEE 19th International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, NCA 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/NCA51143.2020.9306689
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Rivera A CA; Shaghaghi A; Kanhere SS, 2020, 'Towards a Distributed Defence Mechanism against IoT-based Bots', in Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN, pp. 449 - 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LCN48667.2020.9314830
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Shaghaghi A; Kanhere SS; Kaafar MA; Bertino E; Jha S, 2019, 'Gargoyle: A Network-based Insider Attack Resilient Framework for Organizations', in Proceedings - Conference on Local Computer Networks, LCN, pp. 553 - 561, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LCN.2018.8638245
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Shaghaghi A; Kanhere SS; Kaafar MA; Jha S, 2018, 'Gwardar: Towards protecting a software-defined network from malicious network operating systems', in NCA 2018 - 2018 IEEE 17th International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, IEEE, Cambridge, MA, USA, presented at The 17th IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (NCA 2018), Cambridge, MA, USA, 01 November 2018 - 03 November 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/NCA.2018.8548074

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]

  • "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]

  • ACRA Visiting Fellowship to visit the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Source: CSE, UNSW, Amount: $2000, 2022.  [Role: Principal Investigator]

  • Taste of Research (ToR) student recruitment scholarship | Summer Term 2023, Source: CSE, UNSW, Amount: $6000, 2022 - read more about our project here. [Role: Principal Investigator]

 

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]

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

Media Engagements:

My Research Supervision

  • PhD Students: 3 (Ongoing).
  • PostDoc: 3 (Completed).
  • Masters with Major Thesis: 3 (Completed).
  • Funded Summer Projects: 2 (Completed),
  • Masters with Minor Thesis: 10 (Completed).

My Teaching

  • Operating System Fundamentals for Security (ZZEN9217), Master of Cyber Security, UNSW Online.