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Dr Neetesh Saxena

Dr Neetesh Saxena

Senior Lecturer

Abacws, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer with the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University, UK having 16+ years of professional experience. Previosuly, he had affiliations with the Bournemouth University (UK), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Stony Brook University (USA) and SUNY Korea. I was a DAAD Scholar at Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (B-IT), Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn (Germany) and was also a TCS Research Scholar. My current research interests include cyber security and critical infrastructure security, including cyber-physical system security: smart grid, V2G and cellular communication networks.


Dr Neetesh Saxena is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at Cardiff University, UK. He has extensive research/teaching experience over 16 years in Cyber Security. His research focuses on Cyber Security, Cyber-Physical System Security, Cellular Network Security, and IoT Security. Previously, Postdoc Fellow- Georgia Tech and Stony Brook University, USA. IEEE Senior Member. Author of 100+ papers (incl. IEEE/ACM Transactions and conferences). Two Best Paper Awards. Draft committee member for IEEE Standards. 

Interviewed by:

Interviewed by the Security, Privacy, Identity, Trust in the Digital Economy (SPRITE+) (Aug 2021).

Interviewed by IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals (Sep 2017).

Honours and awards

Best Paper Award at 35th International Conference on Information Networking (2021).

GW4 Crucible Future Research Leader Award (2021).

A paper titled “PharmaCrypt: Blockchain for Critical Pharmaceutical Industry to Counterfeit Drugs” is featured on the Front Page of the IEEE Computer Journal (2020).

European Initiative Expert Visitor Award to Singapore by EPIC – European Pacific Partnership for ICT (2018).

ComSoc YP and WICE Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC by IEEE ComSoc YP & WICE Committees (2017).

DAAD Scholarship Award (2013).

TCS Scholarship Award (2012).

Professional memberships

IEEE Senior Member

ACM Member

Academic positions

2019 - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University (UK)

2016-19 - Lecturer, Bournemouth University (UK)

2015-16 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

2014-15 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Stony Brook University (USA) & the State University of New York (Korea)

2005-11 - Assistant Professor, IMS Engineering College (India)

Speaking engagements

Clarity: A Web Security Tool at COMSNETS, Bengaluru, India (2023).

Cyber-Physical Security (invited talk) in the Faculty Development Programme on Recent Trends in Cyber Security and Machine Intelligence, Indraprastha Engineering College, India (2022).

Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure (invited talk) at Indraprastha Engineering College, India (2021).

Socially Engineered Phishing E-mail Detection in the UK-Kuwait Cyber Security Education & Research Conference, Kuwait (2020).

Critical Infrastructure Security in the CHUNAUTI, by STPI Govt. of India (2020).

Smart Grid Security (invited talk) in COMSNETS workshop – Cybersecurity and Blockchain, India (2020).

Security and Privacy in V2G Networks (webinar) to IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (2019).

Smart Grid Security to Bristol Research & Innovation Laboratory, Toshiba Research Europe Limited, UK (2019).

Seminar on Smart Grid Security at Queen University, Belfast UK (2019).

Systematic Analysis: Resistance to Traffic Analysis Attacks in Tor System for Critical Infrastructures at IEEE SMC, Miyazaki Japan (2018).

Smart Grid Security (invited talk) in Workshop on Advanced Computing and Networking at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou China (2017).

Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Security Tool for Education and Training Purposes (invited) in Cyber Security Education workshop at NSWU, Canberra, Australia (2017).

Smart Grid Security in UK Science Collaboration Symposium on Cyber Security, organized by the British Council UK, at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (2017).

CPSA: A Cyber-Physical Security Assessment Tool for Situational Awareness in Smart Grid at ACM Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Privacy (CPS-SPC) in Conjunction with ACM CCS, Dallas, USA (2017).

Secure Algorithms for SAKA Protocol in the GSM Network at 10th Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC), Valencia Spain (2017).

Security & Privacy in Vehicle-to-Grid Network (invited talk) at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM), Delhi, India (2017).

Electric Vehicles Security & Privacy in a summer school “Human Factors in Systems Safety and Security” at Bournemouth University, UK (2017).

Security & Privacy in Vehicle-to-Grid Network (invited talk) at the Institute of Technology and Science (ITS), Ghaziabad India (2017).

Security and Privacy in Vehicle-to-Grid Networks (invited talk) in Advance Computing and Networking workshop at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou China (2016).

A seminar on Smart Grid Security at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) USA (2016).

A seminar (to GT research group and researchers from Sandia National Lab, USA) on Cyber Security and Privacy in SG and V2G Networks at ACES Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA (2015).

A seminar on Design of Authentication Protocols for Secure SMS based Applications at Smart Energy Lab, The State University of New York, South Korea (2014).

NS-AKA: An Improved and Efficient AKA Protocol for 3G (UMTS) Networks at IRED International Conf. on Advances in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (2014).

Analysis of Attacks on GSM Phone using Open Source Software: OsmocomBB, OpenBSC, and OpenBTS at Bonn-Aachen International Center for Info. Tech., Bonn Germany (2014).

Message Security in Wireless Networks at 29th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), New Orleans USA (2013).

VAS-AKA: An Efficient Batch Verification Protocol for Value Added Services at IEEE International Conference on System, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), Manchester UK (2013).

Routing and Message Information Security in Wireless Networks at 9th Global TCS Technical Architects' Conf. (TACTiCS), TCS Siruseri, Chennai India (2013).

Participated in the interaction meeting for Capturing Vision of Young India – Technology Vision 2035 organized by the TIFAC, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India at New Delhi (2012).

Security in Cellular Networks & their Applications at the Computer Engineering Department, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012).

Committees and reviewing

Associate Editor - Cyber-Physical Systems (T&F); Computer Communications (Elsevier); SCN (Hindawi).

Associate Editor, IEEE Access. Lead Guest Editor - ACM TCPS; Sustainability (MDPI); IEEE TII.

Track Chair - IEEE SmartGridComm 2022, TEMSCON 2018.

Journal Reviewer – 60+ journals, including IEEE TIFS, TDSC, TC, TMC, TVT, TII; ACM TOIT, TIOT, TOPS.

TPC Member – 90+ conf., ACM CCS, IEEE EuroS&P, ICC, TrustCom, WiMob, SmartGridComm, INFOCOM, MILCOM.

Cybersecurity Expert Research Proposal Reviewer.












CMT310 Developing Secure Systems and Applications

My current research interest is cybersecurity, cyber-physical system security, and IoT security.

Industrial Control System Security (Particularly, Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle Security): Secure smart grid infrastructure, securing smart grid network with plugged-in devices, decision support secure control centres in smart grid, cyber incident-response smart grid tool, developing techniques for monitoring the current health of the cyber-physical system in real-time, building cyber range capabilities under a virtual simulated environment.

5G and SMS Security: Security analysis of SMS-based applications, and real-time authentication and authorization among several new actors in the system.

IoT and Smart Cities' Security: Develop automated tools for identifying security vulnerabilities and interdependencies in devices and services, and developing IoT configuration and monitoring capable tools.

Human-Centric Security: Safety and security

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Topics for Potential Candidates:

Monitoring Critical Infrastructure Situational Awareness

Monitoring Safety Critical Systems’ Situational Awareness

Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Resilience

EV Infrastricture Security and Resilience

Autonomous Vehicle Security and Resilience

5G Communication Network Security

Improving the IoT security infrastructure of Smart Cities

If you are looking for a PhD in one of these or similar topics and willing to work with me, please drop me an email with your proposal including the following points:

A. Title of your PhD work

B. Motivation of the work

C. Research problem and questions (any 3) that you want to address in your work

D. Research gaps - limitations of the existing solutions/tools inline with your research problem

E. Current/existing challenges in developing a better solution

F. Initial thoughts on your proposal/idea and contributions that you will make in this work.

Current supervision

Nouman Nafees

Research student

Mohammed Asiri

Research student

Yazeed Alrowaili

Research student

Ayodeji Rotibi

Research student

Past projects