Cybersecurity Management
University of Melbourne

Dr Atif Ahmad is a senior academic at the University of Melbourne's School of Computing & Information Systems. Atif leads Cybersecurity Management research and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence. His main areas of expertise are in security strategy, risk management,  incident response and intellectual property protection.

 

Atif has authored over seventy scholarly articles in cybersecurity and received over $3M in grant funding. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Computers & Security. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology,  Computers & Security and the International Journal of Information Management as well as leading conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems

 

Atif has previously served as a cybersecurity consultant for WorleyParsons, Pinkerton and SinclairKnightMerz. He is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security

Welcome to my personal academic website! My research is motivated by the overarching organisational research question:

How can organizations adapt their information-security strategy to an increasingly complex and evolving threat landscape?

I explore this question in a team of Cybersecurity Management researchers with my colleagues Sean Maynard, Humza Naseer and Moneer AlShaikh and ten PhD students. We are situated in the Doug McDonell building at the picturesque Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne.  

We believe that the organisational capability to secure information resources spans people, process as well as technology. However, good cybersecurity starts at the top of an organisation and is embedded in quality management processes and practices. 

 

Cybersecurity Management at the University of Melbourne is a unique team of organisational researchers with backgrounds in information systems, business administration, military science, political science, security intelligence, and information warfare. 

Key Research Projects: Enterprise Security Strategy, IP & Trade Secret Leakage, Risk Assessment, Incident Response, Information Warfare.

Newsflash!

The Cybersecurity Management team have released a short film on cybersecurity aimed at highlighting one of the key gaps in industry - vulnerabilities arising from the traditional disconnect between the Business and IT parts of the organization. 

The film presents the story of Horizon, a pharmaceutical startup that has engineered a next generation drug only to have it stolen by a shadowy competitor. The CEO discovers an information security breach at the heart of a sophisticated and deliberate attack aimed at stealing the firm's core business capability.

The trailer features below. If you'd like to see the full 20 minute film please contact me on atif@unimelb.edu.au.