Dr Sadiq Sani BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity

Dr Sadiq Sani received a PhD degree from The University of Sydney and professional education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker and an EC-Council Certified Security Analyst. With several professional and industry certifications and training in cybersecurity and Information Technology (IT), he is a highly trained cybersecurity, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Energy IT expert; with several years of industry experience and expertise ranging from penetration testing and countermeasures, through security architecture and engineering, to industrial control systems cybersecurity and network security. He is versed in the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed ledger technologies (such as blockchain), and operational technology.  

Dr Sadiq works very closely with the industry; currently advises on cybersecurity and ICT issues and solutions.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity, he was an industry-oriented researcher/project lead and a lecturer at the University of New South Wales and The University of Sydney, respectively. He focuses on industry research; his primary research interests include applied cryptography, IoT security and privacy, energy internet and smart grid/microgrid cybersecurity, distributed key management, risk-based security assessments, secure power and energy systems, IoT distributed ledger and cryptocurrency technologies, quantum cryptography, operational technology cybersecurity, network and communication security, secure software engineering, and distributed federated learning.

He is a member of EC-Council, ICS-CERT, ACS, IEEE, and ACM. He is a technical paper reviewer for IEEE TDSC, IEEE TII, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE TrustCom, and ACM Computing Surveys.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Industry Research
  • Project Supervision

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Internet of Things (IoT) security and privacy
  • Quantum resistant cryptographic schemes
  • Applied cryptography
  • Distributed key management
  • Risk-based security assessments
  • Applied cybersecurity
  • Network and communication security
  • IoT distributed ledger and cryptocurrency technologies
  • Energy internet and smart grid/micro-grid cybersecurity and safety
  • Secure power and energy systems
  • Peer-to-Peer energy storage and trading
  • Distributed renewable energy grid connection
  • Secure computing frameworks
  • Operational technology cybersecurity
  • Distributed federated learning
  • Secure software engineering

Recent publications

Article  
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Bao, W. and Dong, Z.Y., (2020). A universally composable key exchange protocol for advanced metering infrastructure in the energy Internet. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics17(1), pp.534-546
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Bao, W., Dong, Z.Y., Vucetic, B. and Bertino, E., (2019). Universally Composable Key Bootstrapping and Secure Communication Protocols for the Energy Internet. IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security14(8), pp.2113-2127
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Jin, J., Gao, L., Yu, S. and Dong, Z.Y., (2019). Cyber security framework for Internet of Things-based Energy Internet. Future Generation Computer Systems93, pp.849-859
Conference Proceedings
  • Sani, A.S., Meng, K. and Dong, Z.Y., (2021), February. SComm: A Real-Time Mutually Authenticated Secure Communication Framework for Smart Grids. In 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) (pp. 1-5). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Meng, K. and Dong, Z.Y., (2021), February. DIACS: A Blockchain-based Model for Systematic Data Integrity Assessment and Control. In 2021 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) (pp. 1-5). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Meng, K. and Dong, Z.Y., (2020), August. Idenx: A Blockchain-based Identity Management System for Supply Chain Attacks Mitigation in Smart Grids. In 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM) (pp. 1-5). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Bao, W., Yeoh, P.L., Dong, Z.Y., Vucetic, B. and Bertino, E., (2019), July. Xyreum: A high-performance and scalable blockchain for iiot security and privacy. In 2019 IEEE 39th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) (pp. 1920-1930). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Yeoh, P.L., Qiu, J., Bao, W., Vucetic, B. and Dong, Z.Y., (2019), August. Cyra: A real-time risk-based security assessment framework for cyber attacks prevention in industrial control systems. In 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM) (pp. 1-5). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Yeoh, P.L., Bao, W., Chen, S. and Vucetic, B., (2018), May. A lightweight security and privacy-enhancing key establishment for internet of things applications. In 2018 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) (pp. 1-6). IEEE
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Bao, W. and Dong, Z.Y., (2017), October. Towards secure energy internet communication scheme: An identity-based key bootstrapping protocol supporting unicast and multicast. In 2017 IEEE 16th International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications (NCA) (pp. 1-5). IEEE
Book Chapter
  • Sani, A.S., Yuan, D., Ogaji, S., Dong, Z.Y., (2020). CyreumE: A Real-Time Situational Awareness and Decision-Making Blockchain-Based Architecture for the Energy Internet. In Springer Handbook of Real-Time Computing