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Dr Shahrzad Zargari BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Computer Systems and Networks; Course Leader in Cyber Security with Forensics


Summary

Shahrzad has worked in the computing industry for over 15 years and gained a great deal of experience in computer hardware/software and business management. She has developed a passion for digital forensics and security, where she can employ her background knowledge in applied statistics and data mining in order to improve network security. At the moment, Shahrzad is the course leader in Computer Security with Forensics and is involved with teaching different topics in digital forensics.

About

Shahrzad holds a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Leeds, MSc in Forensics Computing and Security, and BSc Hons in Statistics. In addition, she holds a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and became a Senior Fellowship in July 2019. She has worked in the IT industry for more than 15 years and started teaching in Higher Education from 2012. Her professional skills consist of application of statistical analysis, mathematical modelling, data mining, enterprise management, disaster recovery, business continuity and contingency, network security, digital forensics (including mobile forensics), cyber security, expert witness, security technologies, incident response, intrusion detection and ethical hacking.

She is an active researcher with many publications in different conferences and journals as well as being a member of different conferences’ program committees.

Specialist areas of interest

Digital Forensics
Mobile Forensics
Intrusion Detection
Computer Security
Computer Hardware
Incident Handling
Security Technologies
Data Mining
Enterprise Management
Ethical Hacking
Business Disaster Recovery
Business Continuity and Contingency

Teaching

Department of Computing

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Computer Systems and Networks

BSc/MComp Computer Security with Forensics

Computer Forensics Investigation and Response (L7)

Computer Forensics Expert Witness (L6)
Digital Forensics (L5)

Network Intrusion Detection (L5)
Network Services and Administration (L5)

Computer Systems and Architecture(L4)
Introduction to Computer and Information Security (L4)

Research

Anomaly detection using data mining, mobile forensics investigations, Cybersecuirty, Enhancing Student learning experience in HE, Computer laws, Pattern matching in Phishing attacks, Cyber Criminal profiling (OSINT).

Publications

Journal articles

Mwitondi, K., Said, R.A., & Zargari, S. (2019). A robust domain partitioning intrusion detection method. Journal of information security and applications, 48. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jisa.2019.102360

Ajao, S., Bhowmik, D., & Zargari, S. (2019). Sentiment aware fake news detection on online social networks. 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). http://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2019.8683170

Mwitondi, K., & Zargari, S. (2018). An iterative multiple sampling method for intrusion detection. Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective, 27 (4), 230-239. http://doi.org/10.1080/19393555.2018.1539790

Mwitondi, K.S., Al-Kuwari, F.A., Saeed, R.A., & Zargari, S. (2018). A statistical downscaling framework for environmental mapping. Journal of Supercomputing. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11227-018-2624-y

Ajao, O., Bhowmik, D., & Zargari, S. (2018). Fake news identification on Twitter with hybrid CNN and RNN models. 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society, 226-230. http://doi.org/10.1145/3217804.3217917

Zargari, S., & Smith, A. (2014). Policing as a service in the cloud. Information Security Journal : A Global Perspective, 23 (4-6), 148-158. http://doi.org/10.1080/19393555.2014.931490

Conference papers

Pournouri, S., Zargari, S., & Akhgar, B. (2019). An Investigation of Using Classification Techniques in Prediction of Type of Targets in Cyber Attacks. Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, ICGS3 2019, 122-132. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICGS3.2019.8688266

Ajao, O., Bhowmik, D., & Zargari, S. (2018). Fake News Identification on Twitter with Hybrid CNN and RNN Models. SMSociety, 226-230. http://doi.org/10.1145/3217804.3217917

Ajao, O., Bhowmik, D., & Zargari, S. (2018). Content-aware tweet location inference using quadtree spatial partitioning and jaccard-cosine word embedding. Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2018, 1116-1123. http://doi.org/10.1109/ASONAM.2018.8508257

Mwitondi, K., Al Kuwari, F., Saeed, R., & Zargari, S. (2018). A Statistical Downscaling Framework for Environmental Mapping. In Mwitondi, K., Al-Kuwari, F., Said, R. and Zargari, S. (2018). A Statistical DownscalISAR-5 – The Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research; From Data to Knowledge, January 15-18, Tokyo, Japan.

Mwitondi, K., Said, R., & Zargari, S. (2017). An Ensemble Method for Intrusion Detection with Conformity to Data Variability. The Annual International Conference on ICT: Big Data, Cloud and Security (ICT-BDCS 2017). http://www.bigdataclouds.org/

Janarthanan, T., & Zargari, S. (2017). Feature Selection in UNSW-NB15 and KDDCUP’99 datasets. ISIE 2017. http://doi.org/10.1109/ISIE.2017.8001537

Mwitondi, K., & Zargari, S. (2017). A Repeated Sampling and Clustering Method for Intrusion Detection. International Conference in Data Mining (DMIN'17), 91-96. http://csce.ucmss.com/cr/books/2017/LFS/CSREA2017/DMI3482.pdf

Abdullahi Yari, I., & Zargari, S. (2017). An overview and computer forensic challenges in image steganography. In Proceedings, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData), (pp. 360-364). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-SmartData.2017.60

Palmieri, G., & Zargari, S. (2017). Using open source forensic carving tools on split dd and EWF files. In Proceedings, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData), (pp. 379-383). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/iThings-GreenCom-CPSCom-SmartData.2017.183

Zargari, S. (2017). Feature Selection in the Corrected KDD -dataset. In International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security 2017, Cyber Academy, Edinburgh, 10 May 2017. http://thecyberacademy.org/bigcyber2017/

Zargari, S., & Janarthanan, T. (2015). The evidentiary value of link files in Linux file system to digital forensic investigation. International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, 1984-1988. http://doi.org/10.1109/CIT/IUCC/DASC/PICOM.2015.294

Janarthanan, T., & Zargari, S. (2015). The Evidentiary Value of Link Files in Linux File System to Digital Forensic Investigation. CIT/IUCC/DASC/PICOM 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS - DEPENDABLE, AUTONOMIC AND SECURE COMPUTING - PERVASIVE INTELLIGENCE AND COMPUTING, 1985-1989. http://doi.org/10.1109/CIT/IUCC/DASC/PICOM.2015.294

Zargari, S., & Smith, A. (2013). Policing as a service in the cloud. In 2013 Fourth International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, Xi'an, (pp. 589-596). IEEE: http://doi.org/10.1109/EIDWT.2013.106

Zargari, S., & Benford, D. (2012). Cloud forensics : concepts, issues, and challenges. In EIDWT 2012 Third International Conference on Emerging Intelligent Data and Web Technologies, (pp. 236-243). IEEE

Book chapters

Janarthanan, T., Bagheri, M., & Zargari, S. (2021). IoT Forensics: An Overview of the Current Issues and Challenges. In Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. (pp. 223-254). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60425-7_10

Atkinson, S., Carr, G., Shaw, C., & Zargari, S. (2020). Drone Forensics: The Impact and Challenges. In Montasari, R., Jahankhani, H., Hill, R., & Parkinson, S. (Eds.) Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. (pp. 65-124). Springer International Publishing: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-60425-7_4

Shibuya, Y., Mwitondi, K., & Zargari, S. (2020). Experimental analyses in search of effective mitigation for login cross-site request forgery. In Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. (pp. 233-266). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35746-7_12

Pournouri, S., Zargari, S., & Akhgar, B. (2018). Predicting the cyber attackers; A comparison of different classification techniques. In Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. (pp. 169-181). http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97181-0_8

Theses / Dissertations

Ajao, O. (2019). Content-aware Location Inference and Misinformation in Online Social Networks. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Zargari, S. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00252

Presentations

Zargari, S. (2016). Computer Forensics Community : A Case Study. Presented at: 12th Annual Teaching Computer Forensics Workshop, Sunderland, UK, 2016

Zargari, S., & Bagheri Zadeh, P. (2015). Enhancing student engagement in Digital Forensics. Presented at: 11th Annual Teaching Computer Forensics Workshop, University of Sunderland, 2015

Other activities

De Montfort University

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