Staff profile

Dr Muhammad Ajmal Azad

Lecturer in Cyber Security and Computer Forensics

Muhammad Ajmal Azad




College of Science and Engineering


University of Derby Online Learning





I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Cyber Security in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Derby. Before joining the University of Derby, I was a Research Fellow (the equivalent of Lecturer) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, Coventry, and a Research Associate in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. I am also associated with Secure and Resilient group as a visiting researcher.

I received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal. My PhD was funded by FCT (Portuguese Science Foundation) and the University of Porto (FEUP) fellowship. I was advised by Professor Ricardo Morla at the INESCTEC Porto laboratory. Prior to my PhD I worked in a leading VoIP telecommunication company in Pakistan for four years, and FCT project "Next generation network management" (FEUP and CMU collaboration).

My research interests broadly cover the areas of network security and privacy. In the past few years, I designed systems and methods for securing the telecommunication users from the telemarketers, robo-callers, scammers and spammers using behavioural modelling and social network analysis. I have also explored ways for protecting the privacy of telephone users when call records are outsourced to the third party. Currently, I am researching on topics related to privacy-aware collaboration among service providers, secure reputation systems, collaborative security, telephone and next-generation network security, and spam detection.

Research interests


PhD, University of Porto, Portugal

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