Rafiqul Islam

Professorial Staff

Associate Professor Rafiqul Islam

PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Associate Professor in Computing
Albury / Wodonga
Building 764 Room 111

Dr. Rafiqul Islam is working as an Associate Professor at School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Dr. Islam has a strong research background in Cybersecurity with a specific focus on malware analysis and classification, Authentication, security in the cloud, privacy in social media and Internet of Things (IoT). He is leading the Cybersecurity research team and has developed a strong background in leadership, sustainability, collaborative research in the area. He has a strong publication record and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed research papers. His contribution is recognized both nationally and internationally through achieving various rewards such as professional excellence reward, research excellence award, leadership award. Dr. Islam has recognized at the national forefront of his research field ‘cybersecurity’, which is now one of the national/International research priority (financial, political and social aspects). His is Co-Investigator on a successful Cybersecurity CRC  (68 M) to which he is contributing to the projects related to Resilient Networks, Security and configuration management of IoT system, Platform & Architecture of cybersecurity as a service and malware detection and removal.


  • ITC578: The Dark Web
  • ITC593: Network Security & Cryptography
  • ITC556: Database Systems
  • ITC595: Information Security
  • ITC114: Database Management System


Research Leadership

Dr Islam is the Leader of Cybersecurity Research Group at CSU. The group offers a comprehensive suite of expertise in research, education and policy advice. Our interventions enhance the security awareness and productivity of our clients’ organisations as well as the greater community. The key focus is to produce high-quality research output and make a significant contribution to Australia’s readiness and response to cybersecurity threats. The research team produces innovative, relevant and useful research that contributes to solving the security problems caused by advancements in cybercrime.

Research Focus:
  • Malware analysis and classification
  • Dark Web threat analysis
  • Cybersecurity in critical infrastructure
  • Real-time monitoring in cyberthreat
  • Network system security and analytics
  • Security in Social Media, IoT
  • Cyber Forensics
  • Cloud security etc.
Research projects/grants:
  • Cybersecurity CRC: Cyber Threat Intelligence from the Dark Web: Risk to Australian organization; Chief Investigator Rafiqul Islam $45,000.00
  • Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) in Cybersecurity, Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research - Cooperative Research Centres Program/ Projects (CRC-P) - CSU Co-Investigator Burmeister,Oliver; Islam,Zahid; Zia,Tanveer; ISLAM, Rafiqul; Walsh,Patrick;  $68,400,000.00
  • 0000102582 Develop a real-time testbed to detect cyber-attacks on industrial control systems, CI Jemal Abawajy, S Huda and Rafiqul Islam, Pending $10,000.00 (With Deakin Uni)
  • Integrated feature generation approach in detecting anomalous program behavior. (CI, Islam (Lead) & CI Altas), 8360.00 AUD; FCG round 3
  • An automated malware classification based on graph mining. (CI, Islam (Lead) & CI Altas), 9160.00 AUD; FCG-round 4
  • FCG-round 7:  Analysis and classification of XSS attacks. (CI, Islam (Lead), CI Bhattacharya & CI Altas), 9,000.00 AUD
  • Intelligent system identification algorithms for partially known nonlinear dynamical systems. (CI, Gao, CI Islam & CI Lihong), 11,000.00 AUD. FCG-round 7
  • Develop advanced sequential pattern recognition models to detect and prevent emerging time variant malware. (CI, Islam (Lead), CI Gao & CI Altas) 18,834.00 AUD, FCG-round 9
  • Development of a robust and secure biometric system based on ear biometrics (CI Islam (Lead), CI Q Mamun) 9,400.00 AUD, FCG-round 10
  • Develop a novel algorithm to enhance password security with biometric authentication algorithms (CI Islam (Lead), CI Bossomaier, CI D'Alessandro and CI Ang, Li-Minn) 10,413.00 AUD, FCG-round 10
  • Protecting sensitive data against cyber threat using the multivariate classification analysis (CI, Rahman (lead), CI Islam), 6,734.00 AUD, FCG-round 10

HDR Supervision


Dr. Nasim Adnan (Co supervisor)

Dr. Khondkar Fazle Rabbi (Co supervisor)

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya (Principal supervisor)

Dr. Roshan Dhakhal (Principal Supervisor)


Fidel Ikundi (Submitted and under review process)

Hussein Nabulsi (final year)

Mohammed Mozammel Haque (final year)

Peter Pediet (started 2018)

Professional Memberships & Activities

Member of the Editorial Board:
  • Editor - International Journal of Engineering, Construction and Computing (IJECC)
  • Associate Editor - International Journal of Computer and Applications
Guest Editor
  • Journal of Information science (Rank A*/Q1)
  • Journal of Network and Computer Applications (Q1)
  • Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (Q1)
  • Journal of Networks (ERA 2010 Rank A)
  • Founder board member of GCSTMR
  • A regular member of EAI
  • A regular member of IEEE
  • Fellow Member of AAT
  • Member of Cyber Security Research Cluster (CSRC), Deakin University, Australia
  • Member of Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab, Deakin University, Australia
  • Member of Data Science Unit, CSU, Australia
  • Life member of BCS (Bangladesh Computer Society)
  • General Chair, ATCS 2014 - 2018
  • General Chair, ATCI2017, ATCI2018
  • Chair, CSS2015, CSS2017, CSS2018
  • Program Chair, AusDM2018
  • Workshop Chair, SECURECOMM 2013, Sydney, Australia
  • General Chair, ATIS 2013, Sydney, Australia
  • Chair, Publication, ATIS, 2014, Melbourne, Australia
  • Chair, Cloud Track, APWEB2014, Fiji
  • TPC Member/ review committee member / session chair of different international conferences such as –IEEE ICISSP, IEEE APE on CSE, ATIS, IEEE ATCI, IEEE ICIEIS, AIRS, IEEE NSS, IEEE DMWPC, IEEE ISAM, IEEE ICIS, IEEE CIMCA/IAWTIC/ISE, IEEE PDCAT, IEEE ICCIT,HCPC, ATIS and NCCIS

Rafiqul has delivered keynotes/talks in various International/national conferences/workshops/seminars. Some of the recent talks are given below.

  • iCAEED-2018 (International Conference on Advancements in Engineering Education, www.icaeed.net.au)
  • North East Digital Innovation Festival (https://nedif.info/speakers) under the Digital Innovation Festival organized by VIC Government.
  • iCDMLE-2017 International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Engineering (iCMLDE), 20-22 Nov, http://www.icmlde.net.au/KeynoteSpeaker.aspx
  • Symposium “Next generation intelligent Systems in Computing, Medical, and Biological Sciences" symposium that is going to be held at Edith Cowan University, on 19/9/2017.
  • International GCSTMR Congress, 4-5 February, http://www.icsrp.net.au/1st/Home.aspx
Reviewer of PhD Theses:
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • Central Queensland University, Australia
  • Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Regular reviewer of various top ranking journals:
  • IEEE Transaction of Knowledge and Data Engineering
  • IEEE Transaction of Emerging Trend
  • Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Application
  • Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems
  • Elsevier Journal of Expert Systems with Applications
  • Journal of Networks
  • Elsevier Journal of Computer security and Applications
  • Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
  • IEEE Access
Research presentation:

Rafiqul has presented his research in more than 30 international conferences in various countries in the globe, such as Texas, Niagara Falls, Beijing, Singapore, Japan, Montréal, Auckland, Taiwan, Malaysia, Paris, Spain, Dubai, Guangzhou, Dhaka (keynote), Sydney (keynote), Melbourne, Gold Cost, Fiji, Canberra, Korea (keynote), and Vienna.


Rafiqul has quite a few media reports or interviews as a cybersecurity expert, some of the recent interview or report as follows:

Awards & Achievements

  • FOBJBS Research Fellowship award (2018)
  • Leadership Award from Asia-Pacific World Congress on CSE (2014)
  • Excellence in Workshop Organization Award from the European Alliance for Innovation (2015, 2016 and 2017)
  • Faculty Professional Excellence Award (2015)
  • Faculty Research Publication Award (2015)
  • SCM Research Excellence Award (2015)
  • Best paper award (2010), International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking, Beijing 2010, China
  • Best research award (2007), School of Eng. & IT, Deakin University, Australia
  • Postgraduate research scholarship (DUIRS), Deakin University, Australia
  • Daemi Complex national award, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh

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