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Professor Matt Warren

Matt Warren is the Director of the RMIT Centre of Cyber Security Research and Innovation and a Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT University, Australia. Professor Warren is a researcher in the areas of Cyber Security and Computer Ethics.

He has authored and co-authored over 300 books, book chapters, journal papers and conference papers. He has received numerous grants and awards from national and international funding bodies, such as AustCyber, Australian Research Council (ARC); CyberCRC, Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK; National Research Foundation in South Africa and the European Union.

Professor Warren gained his PhD in Information Security Risk Analysis from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom and he has taught within Australia, Finland, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Professor Warren is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Professor Zahir Tari - Research Director

 Zahir Tari is the Research Director of the RMIT Centre of Cyber Security Research and Innovation and Professor of Cloud-Systems and Security at RMIT University, Australia.

Zahir has over two decade experience in the areas of system’s performance (e.g. P2P, Cloud, IoT) as well as system’s security (e.g. SCADA, SmartGrid, Cloud, IoT). Zahir is a recipient of over 11M$ in funding from ARC (Australian Research Council) and various industries (e.g. Siemens/Germany), and lately part of a successful 7th Framework AU2EU (Australia to European) bid on “Authorisation and Authentication for Entrusted Unions. In the security area, his team have developed innovative solutions to the issues of nearly "realtime" anomaly detection and malware detection, and some of these solutions were embedded in some tools. 

Zahir's research interest is in the investigation of (even complex) cyber-security issues both from economical /industrial and social perspectives with the aim to have an impact both technologically and socially speaking.

Laki Kondylas - Deputy Director

Laki Kondylas has a wealth of experience nationally and internationally and has held executive roles in both State and Federal Governments as well as in Academic Institutions. Laki brings a wealth of international knowledge specifically in North America where he represented Australia in Arizona, Washington DC and San Francisco. Laki worked at the Australian Embassy and was responsible for building commercial relationships with key multi-lateral organisations such as the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.  In San Francisco he worked with some of the world’s most innovative companies and startups to help them establish expand their presence to North America or Australia respectively.

Most recently, Laki was responsible for the strategic relationships of RMIT, leading a team overseeing the Universities most complex relationships.  He has held similar roles at the Australian Research Council funded National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training and at Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, judged the best university linked accelerator/incubator program in the Asia Pacific in 2018 and 2019.

Contact Laki Kondylas

Emaillaki.kondylas@rmit.edu.au

Dr Hiep Cong Pham - RMIT CCSRI Vietnam Hub Lead

Dr Pham has more than 10 years of teaching and research in managing information systems, system analysis and design, networking and cyber security studies at RMIT University Vietnam. His main cyber security focuses are on understanding security behaviour of employees, communication techniques and building a cyber security awareness and engagement culture in organisations. Dr Pham has attracted several internal research grants and industry fundings to conduct security trainings. Dr Pham has obtained several industry security-related certifications including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Microsoft Certified Professional and Salesforce Certified Administrator. He was responsible for setting up Cyber Security lab at RMIT University Vietnam which conducted cyber security trainings to undergraduate students and organisations. His research has been published in high ranking journals including Journal of Information and Computer Security, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, and Journal of Information Security and Applications.

His future interest includes exploring integrated security requirements in highly connected supply chain networks, work-from-home security practice and impact of national privacy policies on forein businesses.

Gabby Cincotta - Project Coordinator

Gabby is the Project Coordinator in Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation where she is responsible for coordinating projects, organising events and conferences and coordinating the operational aspects within the Centre. She has experience working with federal government, c-suite executives across the Australian university sector on the University Foreign Interference Taskforce (UFIT) Project – Enhancing Cyber Security Across Australia’s University Sector.

Gabby has previously held operational roles in the higher education sector relating to student experience strategy as well as program management in graduate employability initiatives.

Contact Gabby Cincotta

Email: gabriela.cincotta@rmit.edu.au

CCSRI Researchers

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Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson is Director of Digital Health in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University. Kerryn Butler-Henderson is a well know and respected digital health academic, with more than twenty years’ experience working in health and higher education. She is known for her passion and dedication to the promotion and advocacy of the specialist digital health workforce and as a leader in the development of health informatics and health information management capabilities. Kerryn has lead health informatics and information management programs at Curtin University and the University of Tasmania, and provided expertise in the integration of digital health curriculum across tertiary health programs. She is a Fellow and inaugural Director of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Deputy Chair of the Certified Health Informatics Australasia (CHIA) Examination Committee, and Deputy Editor on the BMJ Health and Care Informatics journal. Her research specialisations include workforce analysis, including Chair of the global census of the digital health workforce, and primary health care informatics.

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Margaret Hamilton is Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT and is known internationally for her work in mobility, user experience and computer science education.

As a teacher of Professional Computing Practice for many years, she has frequently been involved with lectures on Cyberethics, Privacy, Security as well as Academic Integrity, Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurship. She has held several grants on Employability  (from the OLT) and Entrepreneurship (from the SRHE) and Academic Integrity (from ALTA) and was recently funded by the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet to undertake research to develop online and social media resilience in young people, especially those in vulnerable contexts. Her current research centres on privacy and security, academic integrity and cyberethics. 

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Kok-Leong Ong is currently a Professor of Business Analytics in the College of Business & Law, RMIT University. His research focuses on analytics and machine learning translation into practice within different business verticals, and the development of new techniques as required to meet individual business needs. As a result, Kok-Leong's research has had a strong focus on impact, where many of his works were ranked by Altmetric to be in the top 25% and 5% of research in their respective domains. He has received over $1.4m in research grants and serves in various conferences related to analytics, including the prestigious KDD and PAKDD. 

Kok-Leong is also well-known for his strategic leadership in programs. He was one of the members that started Australia's first degree in Business Analytics and led the development of La Trobe Business School's foray into Business Analytics from 2015 to 2019. From 2020, he contributed to the Business School's digital transformation program before joining RMIT in September 2021. He has won several teaching and service awards, including two VC's Teaching Award. In 2021, he was one of the four Australia-based academics to be named the Leading Data Academics by CDO Magazine, a US-based publication.

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Shams Rahman is a Professor of supply chain management. He held visiting fellowship at MIT Zaragoza Logistics Center, Virginia Tech and University of Exeter. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. He has consulted for several world class companies and currently involved with two government funded projects in cold chain and skill and competency.  Professor Rahman has published over 240 research papers and his research interest is in the application of disruptive technologies such as AI, blockchain, and 3D printing in supply chain, sustainability, and talent management in supply chain logistics industry.

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Professor Asha Rao is the Associate Dean of Mathematical Sciences at RMIT University, and a 2019-2020 Australian Superstar of STEM.  Asha has been involved with cyber security education at RMIT since 2001. As Program Director for the Cyber Security Master’s program, in 2006 she brought management and business into a mainly technical degree, making many links with the cyber security industry. As a trans-disciplinary researcher in the field of cyber mathematics, she has worked on a wide variety of problems, resulting in highly ranked publications and over $3.5M in funding over the past 10 years. Her research in fraud and money-laundering has resulted in invitations to closed and open meetings on cybersecurity as well as to observe the United Nations intergovernmental meetings on cybercrime. A cybersecurity expert, she appears regularly on audio visual and print media and has won RMIT Media star awards.

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Zahir has over two decade experience in the areas of system’s performance (e.g. P2P, Cloud, IoT) as well as system’s security (e.g. SCADA, SmartGrid, Cloud, IoT). Zahir is a recipient of over 11M$ in funding from ARC (Australian Research Council) and various industries (e.g. Siemens/Germany), and lately part of a successful 7th Framework AU2EU (Australia to European) bid on “Authorisation and Authentication for Entrusted Unions. In the security area, his team has come up with innovative solutions to the issues of nearly "realtime" anomaly detection and malware detection, and some of these solutions were embedded in some tools. Zahir's research interest is in the investigation of  (even complex) cyber-security issues both from economical (/industrial) and social perspectives with the aim to have an impact both technologically and socially speaking.

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  • Network Security (password-based authentication, securing cloud computing, IoT security, cloud security, edge computing security, fault-tolerant key agreement, survivability of network system…) 
  • Database Security (privacy-preserving data mining, private data warehouse queries, private location-based queries, privacy-preserving recommender system…)
  • Mobile and Wireless Communication Security (mobile user authentication, lightweight cryptography, securing RFID, securing wireless sensor network…) 
  • Applied Cryptography (design and analysis of block ciphers, hash functions, public key cryptosystems, digital signatures, key agreement protocols, electronic voting…)
  • Electronic Commerce Security (fintech security, blockchain, e-cash…)

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Kamrul Ahsan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management, at RMIT University, Australia. He has a strong reputation for his research profile in supply chain and project management. He has authored many peer-reviewed articles in reputed international journals. His research influences public policy development (sustainable procurement in the health sector, Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act 2015), informs skills requirements for project management and supply chain professionals (through the Project Management Institute Resource Library; the Australian Institute of Project Management; Supply Chain Logistics Association, Australia; MHD Supply Chain Solutions), and solves industry problems (example: VicTrack, Melbourne). He was appointed by the Australian Industry Standards (AIS) to serve on the national Technical Advisory Committee, and successfully developed the transport and logistics training packages for Registered Training Organisations. He has been increasingly recognized by the research and professional community and has received several prestigious awards and scholarships such as the Project Management Institution New Zealand (PMINZ) research achievement award 2011. His current research areas are supply chain and project management skills and competency, cyber security skills and competency, sustainable supply chain, reverse logistics, blockchain and 3D printing manufacturing supply chain. 

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I use algebraic and probabilistic methods to study cybersecurity related problems. I have worked in the areas of secure and robust communications, identification and authentication, network analysis, biometrics and cryptography.  My work in these areas has been supported by ARC Linkage (biometric security and elliptic curve cryptography, anti-malware, insider threat and continuous authentication) and Department of Defence (identification and authentication, network analysis) grants.

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Mark carries out fundamental and applied research into the security of infrastructure, telecommunications and participates in security related public policy debate. Mark is a co-author of the book titled “Security and the Networked Society” and has published over 300 book chapters and peer reviewed papers. Research and projects have been successfully completed through grant bodies including the Australian Research Council and with industry. Current research includes infrastructure security and the use of open source software in industrial equipment and systems.

With respect to his technology research domains, Mark has extensive experience in Infrastructure, telecommunications, software, systems and public policy.

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Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Her research investigates the prevalence, nature and impacts of gendered violence, including the legal and non-legal response to these harms in Australian and international contexts. Her current research is focused on ‘technology-facilitated sexual violence’ – the use of digital technologies in the perpetration of sexual and domestic violence and sexual harassment. Nicola led an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on image-based sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. She is currently working on an ARC Future Fellowship, examining the efficacy of digital platforms for addressing image-based sexual abuse. She has published widely in the sexual violence field.

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My expertise is in manufacturing and strategic operations and supply chain management. My work centres on reverse logistics, remanufacturing, strategic operations and supply chain management. I am interested in the areas of cyber security impact on supply chain risks and resilience. 

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Dr. Hoang Ai Phuong is a Lecturer of Digital Marketing at RMIT in the School of Business and Management. Her research brings together computational social sciences and computer science to investigate consumer behaviour, digital business transformation, fintech innovations, social networks, social media, cyber security and methodology innovations for causal inference with large-scale, digital trace data. Corporate partners, under non-disclosure agreements, include leading telco, commercial bank, and e-commerce retailer in Asia, America, and Europe.

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Arathi Arakala is an Early Career Development Fellow in Cybersecurity at RMIT's School of Science. She has had over 10 years of experience working in secure biometric authentication and is currently working on continuous authentication models for cyber safety in online social networks. She has had over 10 years of teaching experience in the Master of Cybersecurity program, developing and delivering course content for the mathematical and technical aspects of cybersecurity.

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Vince Bruno is an academic in the school of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain at RMIT Unviersity. He has refurbished and taught a practical security course (INTE2403) and supervised a number of HDR candidates focused on human security behaviour working as an employee. He is interested in the practical aspects of cyber security threats and the improvement of security awareness.

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After completing a BA in Psychology, and a PhD in Human Computer Interaction at the Open University UK, Jonathan worked for a number of UK Universities, teaching in his main research areas of Human Computer Interaction, and in Digital Forensic Investigation.

He has contributed to Computer Science education at the University of Portsmouth through research activities, secondments, publications, and has won grants from professional bodies such as Higher Education Academy (HEA). He has also taught overseas during a number of teaching exchanges in Czech Republic, UAE and China, and has worked on external franchised courses run in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. 

A Fellow of the HEA, and Academic Associate, a member of the British Computer Society (Interaction / Cyber Forensics Specialist Groups), and a member of the British Psychological Society. He has a number of professional certifications in digital forensic investigation, and mobile forensics.

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Dr. Duy Dang-Pham (Đặng Phạm Thiên Duy) is a Lecturer of Information Technology and Senior Program Manager (IT and Software Engineering) in the School of Science & Technology, RMIT University (Saigon South Campus, Vietnam). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Business Information Systems, with a specialization in data analytics for cyber security, from the School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Dang-Pham teaches and conducts research into the areas of information security governance, business and learning analytics, digital business and innovation, and human-centered artificial intelligence. In 2016, he was awarded the RMIT Prize for Research Impact (Enterprise category), which recognized his active engagement with the industry through conducting impactful research. Since 2018, Dr. Dang-Pham have received various research and teaching awards from RMIT University.

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Dr. Hai Dong is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at School of Computing Technologies in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the leader of Smart Sensing and Services Research Area, the leader of Trust Management Stream in Cyberspace and Security Research Area, and a core member of RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI). Prior to this position, he served as a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in RMIT University and a Curtin Research Fellow in Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

His current research interests primarily focus on IoT Security/Trust, Social Media Security/Trust, System Security, and Blockchain/Ethereum Security. 

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Dr Mengmeng Ge is an academic in cyber security. She worked on cyber threat analytics at Telstra New Zealand in 2018 and has been working as a lecturer since 2019. Her research mainly focus on model-based evaluation, graphical security modeling for complex networks,  intrusion detection and proactive defence for the Internet of Things. She also has considerable industry experience in system design, risk management, and security assessment. 

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Joanne Hall is interested in the mathematics of cryptography, with a particular interest in quantum key distribution.  Her role as lecturer and internships coordinator for the Master of Cybersecurity degree has broadened her research interests to include curriculum design and the challenges facing small businesses.

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I have significant experience in cyber security includes biometric security, watermarking, networking security. As a co-CI, I have success completed 3 ARC projects in cyber security, include: 1 ARC DP (2009-2011 in which I was an APD), and 2 ARC LP (2013-2017), and I have an existing ARC LP (2019-2022).  As a leading CI (Monash and Swinburne academics involve in), I am conducting a project supported by Oceania Cyber Security Centre.

I have been leading RMIT cyber security club attended National (CYSCA) and International cyber security competition since 2014 till present. Our teams have achieved excellent results in 2017-2018 (CYSCA stop running from 2019). Channel 7 interviewed RMIT teams at the competition venue (Prof. Mark Sanderson was interviewed).

I have established connection with Cyber Team in leading financial company, pwc. pwc has signed WIL agreement for recruiting RMIT Computer Science and IT internships and graduates at 2018. pwc only recruited CS/IT students from Melbourne University and Monash prior 2018.

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My expertise and research interest lie in coding theory and its applications in distributed storage systems, and scalability and security aspects of blockchains.

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I am currently working as a Lecturer in the School of Accounting, Information Systems, and Supply Chain and teaching UG and PG courses related to Information security and risk management. My past research projects were related to intrusion detection using machine learning techniques and trust management in ad-hoc networks. I have recently become more interested in the trust management and the security aspect of IoT and looking forward to work in this area.  

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Dr Shabnam Krasna is currently a Lecturer in Computer Science (Cyber Security) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her main research interest includes Applied Cryptography, Searchable Encryption, and Post Quantum Cryptography.

 

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Aaron is a regulatory lawyer. Aaron's current research focuses on the legal and economic implications on blockchain technology with RMIT's Blockchain Innovation Hub. He has advised Australian and international governments on the regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. 

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Dr Shuo Li is currently a lecturer in the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. She received the B.Eng degree from City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR in 2009 and the PhD degree from the same University in 2014. Previously, she was a lecturer at Tianjin University, China. Her research interests include telecommunication, next-generation core networks design, cybersecurity in edge and core networks, and 5G/6G edge networks.

Dr Li is a member of the Next Generation Internet Architecture Research Group and the member of Information and System (engineering) ECP at RMIT University. She has more than 30 research outputs to date, including more than 15 papers in Q1 journals. She currently has 1 PhD student as the senior supervisor, and 10 PhD students and 1 master students as and an associate supervisor.

Her recent research focuses on multi-access edge computing, including data security and privacy, security framework design, mobility support protocols, offloading algorithms and resource optimization.  She is interested to join projects and supervise PhD students on these topics. 

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Dr. Glenn Matthews is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering (Electrical and Biomedical), RMIT University. . He is an experienced Computer Systems Engineer with a strong focus on the development of custom electronics and microprocessor hardware, especially functional prototypes to solve current industry/research problems. 

Recent projects include complex systems for Micro-Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) including various radar platforms as well as the associated communication hardware to return the results to ground station. 

Dr. Matthews is well versed in product lifecycle and has extensive experience in fabricating hardware platforms and the corresponding software (C / C++ / Assembler) in both x86 and ARM environments (amongst others).

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Dr Arash Shaghaghi is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the College of Business & Law at RMIT University. Arash is also a Visiting Fellow at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of UNSW Sydney, Australia. He has previously been affiliated with Deakin University, UNSW Sydney, Data61 CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, and The University of Texas at Dallas. Arash completed his PhD at UNSW Sydney in Computer Science and Engineering, MSc Information Security at University College London (UCL) and BSc at Heriot-Watt University.

Arash is a multi-award-winning cyber security educator and researcher with a track record of publications at competitive international conferences and journals. Arash currently serves as the Associate Editor for Journal of Ad Hoc Networks and has various roles (TPC, organising member, and reviewer) at prestigious Cyber Security journals and conferences. To this date, Arash has received total funding of more than 300,000 AUD (as PI and CI combined) for his cyber security research from various internal and external sources including the Australian Government. There have been several media coverage on Arash’s research activities, including by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Further details about his profile can be found at arashs.me.

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Dr Nirajan Shiwakoti is an expert in transport engineering. He conducts interdisciplinary research works in the area of intelligent multi-modal transportation systems, especially in the areas of human factors engineering, safety and security analysis. His recent projects include cyber security risk assessment of connected and autonomous vehicles, resilient and sustainable supply chain modeling and management, and passengers crowd dynamics modelling at major transport hubs. He is a key founding member of Cyber-Physical and Autonomous Systems (CPAS) research ground at RMIT and leads Intelligent Transport and Mobility Systems research theme at CPAS. 

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Peter is an academic in the School of Engineering. His research focuses on the relationship between cyber security issues and the adoption of autonomous vehicles.

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Digital Watermarking Expert with 35+ years of experience in this domain, from its infancy.  Has run numerous small industry grants over the years in development of algorithms in this space, to do with surveillance video audit and tamper-proofing (+ using block chains), Packaging industry fraud prevention using a multifactor approach.

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I am a mathematician with expertise in matrices and operators that can help to code functions with secure nature.

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I use statistics, mathematics and machine learning to find unusual patterns in data. They are referred to by different names. They can be called anomalies, outliers or novelties. Sometimes they are called events, especially if an unusual activity is happening over time.  There are many applications of anomaly and event detection in cyber security. For example, cyber attacks are anomalous events. Detecting these in a timely manner is extremely critical to safeguard our data, systems and infrastructure. 

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Irfan Ulhaq is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Business and Management at RMIT University Vietnam. Irfan has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience in information systems management, Enterprise Information Systems, Procurement and Supply Chain management at RMIT University Vietnam.   

Irfan has participated in several internal research grants to explore areas such as information security, sustainability, Knowledge management and has published in high ranked journals including Journal of Information and Computer Security, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Aquaculture etc. 

His future research interest includes exploring cyber security risk management practices in supply chain networks, Cyber security culture and cyber knowledge transfer learning techniques.  

CCSRI HDR students

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Nguyen Nhat Minh is a PhD candidate in School of Business and Management, RMIT University, Vietnam. He has MBA degree from RMIT university, Vietnam. Over the years, he has published articles in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Information & Computer Security, Humanities and Social Science Reviews, Australian Journal of Information Systems and other conferences. His research interest are related to management, entrepreneurship, information security, human behavior and information systems in education topics. 

Wanting to partner with us?

Contact Laki Kondylas, Deputy Director

Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation

Emailccsri@rmit.edu.au

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.