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Military College of Signals  (MCS)
Dr Shahzaib Tahir Butt
Assistant Professor
Department of Information Security

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Military College of Signals, Rawalpindi Cantt
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Cloud Security and Privacy Preserving Techniques

PhD (Information Engineering), City, University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Shahzaib Tahir received his PhD in Information Engineering from City, University of London, United Kingdom in January 2019. He received his MS in Information Security from Military College of Signals, NUST in 2015 and Bachelor’s in Software Engineering from Bahria University, Islamabad in 2013. His research focuses on Cloud Security, Searchable Encryption, Homomorphic Encryption, Privacy Preserving Techniques, Blockchain, Secure Communication Protocols and Water Memory.

Dr. Shahzaib is presently an Assistant Professor at Department of Information Security, MCS-NUST. He joined MCS-NUST as Lecturer in June 2015. From July 2016 to January 2019 he has been Research Assistant in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London.

Dr Shahzaib Tahir is an alumni of the Innovate UK Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP)-Year 2. He secured a funding of 180,000 GBP and has been running a startup at the UK. He has received a year-long mentoring by leading cyber security professionals and entrepreneurs in the UK that were a part of the CyberASAP programme.

Conference Scientific Program Committee Member/ TPC Member/ Session Chair/ Invited Speaker:

  • Scientific Program Committee Member of IEEE 2019 International Conference on Applied and Engineering Mathematics (ICAEM), August 27-29, 2019, Taxila, Pakistan.

  • TPC Member at the Eighth IEEE International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST), July 22-24, 2019 Colchester, Essex, UK.

  • Invited Talk, Mathematics for Industry: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, September 8, 2018, University of Manchester, UK.

  • Scientific Program Committee Member of IEEE 2018 International Conference on Applied and Engineering Mathematics (ICAEM), September 4-5, 2018, Taxila, Pakistan.

  • TPC Member at Seventh IEEE International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies (EST), September 6-8, 2017, Canterbury, UK.

  • Session Chair, IEEE TrustCom 2017: The 16th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, August 1-4, 2017, Sydney, Australia.

  • Invited Talk, Physical and Cyber Security Workshop: Presentations and discussions on Physical and Cyber Security of Systems, March 23, 2017, City, University of London, UK.

  • Invited Talk, Preserving Privacy in the Cloud, December 9, 2016, City, University of London, UK.

  • Technical Program Co-chair, IEEE Conference on Information Assurance and Cyber Security (CIACS), Rawalpindi December 18, 2015, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Journals/conferences reviewer:

    Dr Shahzaib Tahir is reviewer of the following journals/ conferences:

  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing

  • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)

  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom)

  • Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems

  • Springer Cluster Computing

  • Springer Sadhna

  • Springer Science China Information Sciences
  • Certifications:

  • EC-Council: Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)

  • Linux FoundationX: Certified Blockchain for Business Expert
  • Honors and Awards:

  • Won sponsorship from City, University of London for Doctoral Studies.

  • Won NUST Faculty Development Programme Scholarship for Doctoral Studies at City, University of London, UK.
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    Areas of Interest:

  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Searchable Encryption
  • Homomorphic Encryption
  • Blockchain/Distributed Ledger and IoT
  • Privacy Preserving Techniques
  • Secure Communication Protocols
  • Authentication Mechanisms
  • Water Memory
  •  Research Fundings:                (Total Fundings: ~180,000GBP)

  • Innovate UK Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme Year 2-Phase 1
  • Innovate UK: Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme Year 2-Phase 2
  • Innovate UK: Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme Year 2-Phase 3
  • City, University of London: Proof of Concept (PoC) Fund - Enterprise Showcase
  • Patent:

    Patent filed in United Kingdom Patent Office: A Client-Server Computer System (PATENT APPLICATION NUMBER 1900354.0) 

    Book Chapter:

    Shahzaib Tahir, Imran Rashid, “ICMetric-Based Secure Communication”, Innovative Solutions for Access Control Management, IGI Global, 2016, 263-293

    Journal Publications:

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Sushmita Ruj, Ali Sajjad, Muttukrishan Rajarajan, “Fuzzy Keywords enabled Ranked Searchable Encryption Scheme for a Public Cloud Environment”, Elsevier Computer Communications, 2019. (Impact Factor: 2.613)

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Liutauras Steponkus, Sushmita Ruj, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, Ali Sajjad, “A Parallelized Disjunctive Query based Searchable Encryption Scheme for Big Data”, Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems, 2018. (Impact Factor: 4.639)

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Sushmita Ruj, Yogachandran Rahulamathavan, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, Cornelius Glackin, “A New Secure and Lightweight Searchable Encryption Scheme over Encrypted Cloud Data”, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, 2017. (Impact Factor: 3.826)
  • Conference Publications:

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, “Privacy-Preserving Searchable Encryption Framework for Permissioned Blockchain Networks”, The IEEE International Conference on Blockchain (Blockchain-2018), Canada, 2018.

  • Waqar Asif, Indranil Ghish Ray, Shahzaib Tahir, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, “Privacy-preserving Anonymization with Restricted Search (PARS) on Social Network Data for Criminal Investigations”, 19th IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing, Korea, 2018.

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, Ali Sajjad, “A ranked searchable encryption scheme for encrypted data hosted on the Public Cloud”, The 31st IEEE International Conference on Information Networking (ICOIN), Vietnam, 2017.

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Sushmita Ruj, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, “An Efficient Disjunctive Query Enabled Ranked Searchable Encryption Scheme”, The 16th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications (IEEE TrustCom), Australia, 2017.

  • Cornelius Glackin, Gerard Chollet, Nazim Dugan, Neil Cannings, Julie Wall, Shahzaib Tahir, Indranil Ghosh Ray, Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, “Privacy preserving encrypted phonetic search of speech data”, The 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), USA, 2017.

  • Shahzaib Tahir, M. M. Waseem Iqbal, “Big Data- An Evolving Concern for Forensic Investigators”, accepted and to appear in proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Anti-Cybercrime (ICACC-2015), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 10-12 November, 2015.

  • Shahzaib Tahir, M. Tanveer Afzal, “A Novel Phylogenetic Tree Data Visualization Application for Researchers”, IEEE Science and Information Conference 2014, London, pp. 93-99, 27-29 August, 2014.

  • Shahzaib Tahir, Mehreen Afzal, Muhammad Tahir, “An ICMetric based Key Generation Scheme for Controlled Group Communication”, The Fifth IEEE International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA 2014), Chania Crete, Greece, pp. 373-378, 7-9 July, 2014.

    Graduate/Doctoral Courses

  • Cloud Computing Security
  • OS and File System Forensics