Muhammad Afzaal, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024890


Dr. Muhammad Afzaal is an assistant professor at the Cybersecurity Department at the Al Ain University where he joined in January 2022. Before joining this university, he has several years of teaching experience in multiple universities in Pakistan and UAE. His research interests are in the areas of public key cryptography, public key certificates, digital forensics, Security Information and Event Management (SIEMs) systems, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. 


University of Naples Parthenope, Italy 2013

Politecnico di Torino, Italy 2009

University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan 2007

Research Interests

  • Public key cryptography
  • Public key certificates
  • Digital forensics
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEMs) systems
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection


Professional Certifications:

  • CompTIA Security+ 2022
  • IBM Blockchain Developer – Mastery Award 2018
  • Microsoft Certified Educator – 2017 

Selected Publications

  1. Afzaal, Muhammad. "An Overview of Defense Techniques Against DoS Attacks." 2022 9th International Conference on Internet of Things: Systems, Management and Security (IOTSMS). IEEE, 2022. 
  2. Iqbal R., Butt T., Afzaal M., Saleh K.: “A Review of Trust Management in Social Internet of Vehicles: Factors, Challenges, and Trends”, Sage International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, 2019.
  3. Butt, T. A. & Afzaal, M. Security and Privacy in Smart Cities: Issues and Current Solutions Smart Technologies and Innovation for a Sustainable Future, Springer, 2019, 317-323 
  4. Afzaal, M.; Di Sarno, C.; Dantonio, S.; Romano, L., “An Intrusion and Fault Tolerant Forensic Storage for a SIEM System,” Signal Image Technology and Internet Based Systems (SITIS), 2012 Eighth International Conference on , vol., no., pp.579,586, 25-29 Nov. 2012 doi: 10.1109/SITIS.2012.89 
  5. Afzaal, M.; Di Sarno, C.; Coppolino, L.; DAntonio, S. & Romano, L. A resilient architecture for forensic storage of events in critical infrastructures High-Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE), 2012 IEEE 14th International Symposium on, October 25-27, 2012, 48-55

Teaching Courses

Spring 2023

  1. Computer Forensics 
  2. Big Data from Social Networks 
  3. Cybersecurity Law and Policy 
  4. Database Systems 

Fall 2022

  1. Computer Forensics
  2. Servers, Datacenters and Cloud 
  3. Risk Assessment & Management  
  4. Intrusion Analysis and Incident Management 

Spring 2022

  1. Object Oriented Programming
  2. Servers, Datacenters and Cloud 
  3. Big Data from Social Networks 
  4. Cybersecurity Law and Policy


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

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  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 
  • Internet Society (ISoc)