Tanveer Zia

Adjunct Staff

Adjunct Professor Tanveer A Zia

BSCS Southwestern, MBA Preston, MIMM UTS, PhD Sydney

Adjunct Professor in Computing
Wagga Wagga


Tanveer Zia has a strong background in secure systems with a specific focus on security for low powered devices, wireless networks, cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things (IoT). He also conducts collaborative research in the security of wireless sensor and body area networks, vehicular area networks, biometric security, cloud security, information assurance, trust management, and forensic computing. He is currently leading a government-funded project to investigate and create awareness of cyber security in young girls in regional NSW. Tanveer was Charles Sturt University's lead in the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and has led the research theme in Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in Hyperconnected World. Tanveer was also the contact for Charles Sturt University for its collaboration with the NSW Cyber Security Network.

Tanveer was one of the handfuls of academics who were invited to attend the Prime Minister's launch of Australian Cyber Security Strategy in 2016.

Tanveer is a regular commentator on cyber security issues and has made over 100 media appearances in past few years on radio, television, newspaper and online media, including Prime 7 TV, WIN TV, ABC Radio Riverina, ABC South East NSW, 2BS Radio, National Radio News, The Australian, iTwire.com, iTnews.com, openforum.com, whatech.com, ZDNet and the Conversation.

Teaching & Institutional Leadership

Tanveer is a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Tanveer has extensively taught digital forensics at Charles Sturt University and has supervised to completion several doctoral students.

Tanveer was Charles Sturt University's contact for doctoral programs in Computing and Information Technology.

Tanveer served as Associate Head, School of Computing and Mathematics between 2012-2021.


Research Focus

Tanveer's research interests are in Computer & Communication Security. He has a strong background in secure systems with a specific focus on security for wireless networks and Internet of Things (IoT). His significant contribution in the field of research is the identification of security issues and development of a security framework for wireless sensor networks which has been widely cited. He has authored/co-authored over 100 publications which include books and editorials, book chapters, journal and conference papers.

Tanveer's Research interests includes:

  • Security of low-powered devices (wireless sensor, body area networks and IoT)
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Biometric Security
  • Information assurance
  • Protection against identity theft
  • Trust Management
  • Forensic Computing

Doctoral Thesis Supervision

Tanveer has supervised to completion several doctoral students both in PhD and Doctoral of Information Technology. His past doctoral students have been successful in obtaining careers in academia, government and industry.

Professional Activities

  • Senior Member Australian Computer Society and Certified Professional (MACS Snr CP)
  • Senior Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)
  • Senior Member International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT)
  • Member Australian Information Security Association (AISA)
  • Member IEEE Computer Society (MIEEECS)
  • Member ISACA and Academic Advocate for Charles Sturt University


  • Winner of the 2016 Faculty of Business Academic Excellence Award
  • Winner of the Outstanding Leadership Award as Track Chair of Network and Communications Security of the 6th International Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2014) held on August 20-22, 2014 in Paris, France
  • Winner of the 2014 Faculty of Business Academic Excellence Award
  • Winner of the 2014 Faculty of Business Sustained Excellence Award
  • Winner of the 2014 School of Computing and Mathematics Teaching Excellence Award
  • Winner of the 2013 Faculty of Business Leadership Excellence Award (Team Award)
  • Winner of the 2011 Faculty of Business Research Excellence Award
  • Winner of the 2010 Faculty of Business Emerging Researcher Award
  • Winner of the 2010 inaugural School of Computing and Mathematics Research Excellence Award


  • Mar. 2019 - A Lightweight Security Toolkit for Internet of Things. CSCRC Honours Project 2019-2020 - $15,000
  • Oct. 2018 - Cyber Security CRC (CSCRC). Leader for Charles Sturt University's participation in the $140 million funded CSCRC over seven years.
  • Jul. 2018 - Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) project funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS), as part of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program (WISE64796). Chief Investigator: T Zia. July 2018-June 2020 - $353,744.
  • Mar. to Aug 2017 - Special Study Program awarded by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences which included travel grant to spend two months at Centre for Cyber Security, Information Privacy, and Trust at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. $8000.
  • Jan. 2016 - Faculty of Business Compact Funding to support a study 'Intelligent Multimedia Internet of Things'. $37,254 (with Ken Ang, Terry Bossomaier, Lihong Zheng and Arif Khan).
  • Jan. 2016 - Faculty of Business Compact Funding to support a study 'Towards the provisioning of end-to-end QoS in a converged architecture of Optical Network Unit-Base Station (ONU-BS)' $4,803 (with Mohsin Iftikhar).
  • Apr. 2015 - Faculty of Business Compact Funding to supplement the organising of 'School of Computing and Mathematics Higher Degree Research Symposium'. $5,000.
  • Nov. 2014 - Faculty of Business Compact Funding to support a study 'A Secure Accessible Mobile Cloud-based Healthcare System for Aboriginal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People'. $5,604 (with Rashid Khokhar).
  • Nov. 2014 - Faculty of Business Compact Funding to support a study 'An investigation of information security issues in ad-hoc networks using cloud environment'. $5,604. (with Arif Khan)
  • Nov. 2012 – Faculty of Business Compact Funding to support Hosting a top tiered conference (SecureComm 2013)". $8760
  • Jul. 2012 – CSU Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) to establish Advanced Networks Research Lab. $22000
  • Jun. 2012 – Faculty of Business Compact Funding to study a project "e-HealthCare Management as a Service". $13003
  • May 2012 – Group Mission Grant from Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. $12210
  • Mar 2012 – NSW Science Leveraging Fund Conference Sponsorship Grant awarded by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment. $8800
  • Dec. 2011 – Faculty of Business Compact Funding to study a project "An Analytical study of IT Security Governance (ITSG) in Australian organisations from international perspectives". $9923
  • Dec. 2011 – Faculty of Business Compact Funding for a project "Computational Intelligence for Anomaly Detection in Networks: An Investigation". $8633
  • Sep. 2010 – Sponsorship to attend the World Computer Congress (WCC 2010) held in Brisbane awarded by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).  $2000
  • Aug. 2010 – Research Fellowship Infrastructure Support Grant awarded by the Centre for Research and Graduate Training (CRGT).  $2906
  • July 2010 to January 2011 – Research Fellowship with Centre for Research in Complex Systems (CRiCS). $45000
  • Aug. 2010 – Faculty Journal Publication Reward received from the Faculty of Business, CSU.  $1400
  • Jun. 2010 – Emerging Researcher Award grant awarded by the Faculty of Business, CSU. $3000
  • Nov. 2009 – CSU Small Grant to study a project "Information Security in IT Service Management and IT Governance within International Contexts:  How is Australia doing"? $5977
  • Sep. 2008 - Seed Grant from the Faculty of Business, CSU, to conduct research on "Integration of Trust Management in Security Framework for Wireless Sensor Networks". $2965

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Tanveer's research in Cyber Security is recognised both nationally and internationally. He regularly serves on advisory and program committees of several international conferences. he was the General Co-chair of prestigious Securecomm (International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks). in 2013 which was first time held in Australia. He has also served on program committees for a number of other prominent international conferences, including IEEE LCN, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE WOWMOM, IEEE SPIN, IEEE ISSNIP, and continues to serve.

Tanveer is the founding co-chair of the IEEE PerCom Workshop on Security, Privacy and Trust in the Internet of Things (SPT-IOT) and has organised the workshop in 2016 in Sydney, 2017 in Hawaii and 2019 in Japan.

Tanveer is serving on the editorial boards of Springer's Wireless Networks (WINET): The Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information, Springer's EAI Transactions on Pervasive Health, and EAI Journal of Pervasive Health and Technology.


Please follow the below link to view Tanveer's publications and other research outputs in Charles Sturt University's Research Output Database:


Tanveer's research contributions can also be accessed through the following links:





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