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Dr Rizwan Asghar


Muhammad Rizwan Asghar is a Senior Lecturer (over the bar) in the School of Computer Science at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at international research institutes including CISPA at Saarland University in Germany and CREATE-NET in Trento Italy, where he also served as a Researcher.

He received his Ph.D. degree in ICT (Security and Privacy) from the University of Trento, Italy in 2013. As part of his Ph.D. programme, he was a Stanford Research Institute (SRI) Fellow at SRI International, California, USA. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Information Security Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands in 2009.

Research | Current

Access Control, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography.

Teaching | Current

COMPSCI 316 - Cyber Security [Course Coordinator]

COMPSCI 702 - Security for Smart-Devices [Course Coordinator]

COMPSCI 725 - System Security [Course Coordinator]

COMPSCI 726 - Network Defence and Countermeasures [Course Coordinator]


2018 Best Paper Award at TrustCom (CORE Rank A)

2017 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)

2017 Highly Commended Paper at ITNAC

2015 Best Paper Award at FiCloud

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2020 Chair of Hiring Panels for Fellowship and Lecturer positions in Cybersecurity

Since 2019 Coordinator of the Master of Professional Studies (Digital Security) Programme

2018-2020 Departmental Chair for the first Graduating Year Review of the Master of Professional Studies (Digital Security) Programme

2018 Member of the ACM ITiCSE Working Group on "Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity Education"

Since 2018 Editorial Board Member of "Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective" - Taylor &

Since 2018 Steering Committee Member of the Science and Society Theme

2015-2019 Visitor Coordinator

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lu, Y., & Asghar, M. R. (2020). Semantic communications between distributed cyber-physical systems towards collaborative automation for smart manufacturing. JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS, 55, 348-359. 10.1016/j.jmsy.2020.05.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yuqian Lu
  • Hu, Q., Yu, S.-Y., & Asghar, M. R. (2020). Analysing performance issues of open-source intrusion detection systems in high-speed networks. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SECURITY AND APPLICATIONS, 5110.1016/j.jisa.2019.102426
  • Usman, M., Qaraqe, M., Asghar, M. R., Gebremariam, A. A., Ansari, I. S., Granelli, F., & Abbasi, Q. H. (2020). A Business and Legislative Perspective of V2X and Mobility Applications in 5G Networks. IEEE ACCESS, 8, 67426-67435. 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2986129
  • Asghar, M. R., Hu, Q., & Zeadally, S. (2019). Cybersecurity in industrial control systems: Issues, technologies, and challenges. COMPUTER NETWORKS, 16510.1016/j.comnet.2019.106946
  • Usman, M., Qaraqe, M., Asghar, M. R., & Ansari, I. S. (2019). Process Mining and User Privacy in D2D and IoT Networks. Informatik-Spektrum, 42 (5), 340-342. 10.1007/s00287-019-01212-y
  • Hu, Q., Asghar, M. R., & Brownlee, N. (2019). Checking certificate revocation efficiently using certificate revocation guard. JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SECURITY AND APPLICATIONS, 4810.1016/j.jisa.2019.06.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nevil Brownlee
  • Kuppa, A., Grzonkowski, S., Asghar, M. R., & Le-Khac, N. A. (2019). Black box attacks on deep anomaly detectors. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 10.1145/3339252.3339266
  • Huang, J., Qi, Y. W., Asghar, M. R., Meads, A., & Tu, Y. C. (2019). MedBloc: A blockchain-based secure EHR system for sharing and accessing medical data. Proceedings - 2019 18th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications/13th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Science and Engineering, TrustCom/BigDataSE 2019. 10.1109/TrustCom/BigDataSE.2019.00085
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Meads, Yu-Cheng Tu

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 585
New Zealand