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The Security Reading Group (SRG)


The Security Reading Group (SRG) is a cybersecurity focused reading group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). Founded by Arash Shaghaghi and Ali Dorri in September 2018, SRG is an interest group functioning under the umbrella of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Laboratory (CySPri). SRG is actively supported by Prof. Sanjay Jha and A/Prof. Salil Kanhere.


SRG aims to serve four primary goals:
1) We aim to promote a community of UNSW students interested in the field of cybersecurity.
2) We work to foster informal and informative discussion with experts in different areas of cybersecurity with the goal of promoting collaborations and facilitating knowledge sharing.
3) We create mentoring and networking opportunities for students who wish to enter the field.
4) Providing a platform and incentives for SRG members to continue engagement with SRG after graduation.
With the aforementioned goals in mind, in phase 1, SRG plans to organize two main types of events including weekly reading group meetings, and informal lunch discussions with invited guests both from academia and industry. These events are planned in such a way to give participants the chance to engage in lively debates about different areas of cybersecurity.

Current Status

Currently, SRG is composed of passionate and enthusiastic P.hD. Scholars, postdocs, and academics whose research focus falls under the domain of cybersecurity. Each week one of the SRG members presents an interesting research work followed by a thorough discussion among the participants. When and where possible, light refreshments are provided during SRG sessions.
SRG has been running on a weekly basis from early September 2018.
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We're hiring Postdocs!

Senior Research Associate - Cyber Security 

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the largest and most prestigious computing schools in Australia. It offers undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics, as well as a number of combined degrees with other disciplines. It attracts excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions. At the postgraduate level, there is a large PhD research program and coursework programs at the Master’s and Graduate Diploma level in Computing and Information Technology and at Graduate Certificate level in Computing. Our research mission is to be at the forefront of research into new and exciting innovations with profound national and international impact. For further information about the School, please visit

The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CyberCRC) has been funded for 7 years by the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program and has also attracted significant funding from its participants. The CyberCRC is an industry-driven collaboration to create and enhance Australian cyber security capability. With two research programs, ‘Critical Infrastructure Security’ and ‘Cyber Security Solutions as a Service’, the CyberCRC will deliver innovative research, education and training outcomes that solve core challenges for public and private sector partners, with flow-on effects for broader industry and community. It will support the training and development of the future Australian cyber security workforce through traditional education programs with university and industry partners; cross-seed knowledge from a range of disciplines across industry and academia to influence innovative approaches to cyber security, and build awareness of cyber security habits and risks. The Cyber CRC has 25 participants which include 19 industry and government entities and 6 universities. For further information, please visit

The Senior Research Associate will work closely with CyberCRC to develop and engage in high quality, impactful research projects that contribute to the cyber security of Australia. The role will focus on Cyber Security Solutions as a Service Program of CRC under Theme 2.3 - Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyperconnected World.

About the role

  • Level A $93,578 - $100,090 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • Level B - $105,108 - $123,908 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • 3 year fixed term contract
  • Full-time position (35 hours per week)

Level A Responsibilities

  • Conduct research in the area of cyber security, independently and as part of a team
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Level B Responsibilities

  • Lead some areas of the project where the opportunity arises and where appropriate.
  • Participate in the definition of research directions and actively contributes to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project, including seeking collaboration with industry partners, as appropriate.
  • Provide leadership to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Joint supervision of honours and HDR students

Selection Criteria for Level A

  • A PhD (or soon to be awarded) in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, communication engineering or related area.
  • Proven ability to conduct high-quality research, development and implementation of critical infrastructure security, network and systems security, Access Control and Policy, applied machine learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Strong track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Proven ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Selection Criteria for Level B

  • A PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, communication engineering or related area.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervisor honours and postgraduate research students.

Position description –  PD 495371.pdf

Pre-employment checks required for this position including qualification verification.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Sanjay Jha – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications close: 2nd December at 11 pm


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Arash Shaghaghi joins as a Postdoc!

CySPri Lab welcomes Arash Shaghaghi as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Prof. Sanjay Jha and Prof. Aruna Seneviratne.

Arash completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Sanjay Jha, A/Prof. Salil Kanhere and Prof. Mohamed Ali (Dali) Kaafar with highest grades (equivalent to "Summa cum laude" internationally). His Ph.D. thesis was entitled as "Securing Software-Defined Network Enabled Enterprises Against Insider Threats". Earlier, Arash completed an MSc Information Security with Merit at University College London (UCL) and a BSc with Distinction in Information Technology at Heriot-Watt University.

We wish him success in his new role within the group!

2018 10 21 08.08.17

 From left-to-right: Uzma Maroof, Sidra Malik, Carlos Rivera Alvarez, Sanjay Jha, Arash Shaghaghi, Salil Kanhere, Ali Dorri, Rizka Purwanto, Archit Kapoor

ARC Discovery Grant Success, 2017

Congratulations to Prof. Sri Parameswaran and Prof. Xue Jingling for their ARC Discovery grant success. Details are below:

Parameswaran, Sri 382,816 Towards a Block-Cipher Circuit Resistant to Multiple Side-Channel Attacks
Xue, Jingling 362,616 Securing Systems Against Code-Reuse Attacks with Modular Pointer Analysis

Great News: Funding success for Cyber Security CRC

A successful bid for a new cooperative research centre (CRC) will put UNSW Engineering at the forefront of Australia’s cyber security future.

UNSW Sydney is a founding member of the newly-announced Cyber Security CRC, which recently received $50 million in government funding and almost $90 million in cash and in-kind industry contributions to build Australia’s cybersecurity capabilities. UNSW is expected to receive $11.5 million in funding support over seven years.

According to Professor Sanjay Jha, the head of UNSW’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Research Lab (CySPri) in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, research at the CRC will be focused on delivering real-world cyber-security solutions. 

“The CRC is very industry-driven – we’re focused on solving real problems for Australian community, industry, and government,” he says.

“It will be truly collaborative and cooperative project between the universities and the industry partners. The expectation is to have very high degree of collaboration and a tight timeline and target to deliver.”

Research within the CRC will be divided into two key themes: Critical Infrastructure Protection, which will deliver new solutions to safeguard key infrastructure like energy, water and financial systems; and Cyber Security Solutions as a Service, which is focused on the development of cybersecurity frameworks that allow business to be conducted in a safe and secure manner.

The CRC is very industry-driven – we’re focused on solving real problems for Australian community, industry and government.

Professor Sanjay Jha

Within these streams, researchers will work on a range of issues that are critical to the ongoing security of Australia systems and services, including configuration management of the Internet of Things, next-generation authentication technologies, data privacy, and blockchain security.

“Usable security will be a key feature of our work. You can create the most secure technology, but if it’s not usable then security doesn’t work. So I think the research will be very much user-inspired in this case, as opposed to purely academic,” Jha says.

The CRC is comprised of six universities and research institutes, eight industry organisations and nine government agencies. Jha will lead UNSW’s contribution, which brings together a multi-disciplinary team from across the Faculties of Engineering, Business and UNSW Canberra.

“Our expertise in systems security is well recognised internationally,” says Jha.

“With our participation in CyberCRC, D2D CRC, security education, and research funding form CBA, along with our partnership with Data61 and DSTG, the future of cybersecurity research at UNSW is looking very promising.” 

The CRC will be formally launched in January 2018. 

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