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)

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  • Usman, M., Qaraqe, M., Asghar, M. R., & Shafique Ansari, I. (2020). Mitigating distributed denial of service attacks in satellite networks. TRANSACTIONS ON EMERGING TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES, 31 (6)10.1002/ett.3936
  • 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
  • Asghar, M. R., & Luxton-Reilly, A. (2020). A case study of a cybersecurity programme curriculum design, resource management, and reflections. Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE. 10.1145/3328778.3366918
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Luxton-Reilly
  • Cui, S., Asghar, M. R., & Russello, G. (2020). Multi-CDN: Towards Privacy in Content Delivery Networks. IEEE Trans. Dependable Secur. Comput, 17, 984-999.
  • Aouad, L., & Asghar, M. R. (2020). Defender-centric Conceptual Cyber Exposure Ontology for Adaptive Cyber Risk Assessment.. ICETE (2).
  • Belguith, S., Asghar, M. R., Wang, S., Gomez, K. M., & Russello, G. (2020). SMART: Shared Memory based SDN Architecture to Resist DDoS ATtacks.. ICETE (2).
  • Helal, M. M., & Asghar, M. R. (2020). Towards Preserving Privacy and Security in Blockchain. In K. C. Li, X. Chen, H. Jiang, E. Bertino (Eds.) (pp. 99-120). CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 585
New Zealand