Muhammad Rizwan Asghar

Muhammad Rizwan Asghar is a Senior Lecturer (over the bar) in the School of Computer Science at The University of Auckland (UoA) in New Zealand. Prior to joining UoA as a Lecturer, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at international research institutes including the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) at Saarland University in Germany and CREATE-NET (an international research centre) in Trento Italy, where he also served as a Researcher.

He received his PhD degree in ICT (Security and Privacy) from the University of Trento, Italy in 2013. As part of his PhD programme, he was a Stanford Research Institute (SRI) Fellow at SRI International, California, USA. Before starting his PhD, he was a Research Assistant at the University of Trento. He obtained his MSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering - Information Security Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands in 2009 and carried out his research on DRM Convergence as a Master Thesis Student at the Ericsson Research Eurolab, Germany. During his career, he also worked as a Software Engineer at international software companies.

He is an award-winning teacher and researcher who received several awards including the 2017 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Best Paper Award at TrustCom 2018, Highly Commended Paper at ITNAC 2017, and Best Paper Award at FiCloud 2015. To see a full list of his research publications, visit his Google Scholar or DBLP page.

Research Interests

Access Control, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Applied Cryptography.


Research Outputs (Selected)

Media Interviews, Opinion Pieces, and News Articles (Selected)


Professional Activities

Guest Editor

Assistant Organiser

Publicity Chair

Technical Programme Committee (TPC) Member

Journal Reviewer

Conference/Workshop Reviewer

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