The Research Institute for Digital Security (DiSec), pronounced ‘dissect’ i.e. to analyze in minute detail, focusses on all aspects of security & privacy. DiSec is organically structured such that members from vastly different disciplines have a real reason to belong by collaborating on common transdisciplinary research directions and funded projects. Our main research domains encompass defence, survival, situational awareness and warfare. Current expertise includes machine learning, biometrics, cryptography, economics, mathematics, material physics, bioinformatics and consumer behaviour.

Defence, Warfare, Survival


DiSec cohesively blends the various discipline expertise of its members towards solving society-impacting security problems

Prof. Ir. Dr. Raphael CW Phan

Prof. Raphael adversarially researches on diverse aspects of security & privacy, with his current passion being on invisible motions, hidden emotions, and fake fingers. He has led research projects funded by the UK government, UK MoD, Malaysian government and industry totalling in excess of RM3million. He was a main team member in a four-university consortium that was awarded £5.7million of research funding by the UK government and MoD for the University Defence Research Collaboration (UDRC) in Signal Processing.

He is co-designer of the U.S. NIST SHA-3 finalist BLAKE (used in the Blakecoin crypto currency) and has been invited to serve in over 100 peer-reviewed security conferences since 2005. He was the Program Chair of Mycrypt 2016, and General Chair of Asiacrypt 2007 & Mycrypt 2005. He is also the Coordinating Editor of the IOS Press Series in Cryptology & Information Security, and is in the Editorial Board of the Cryptologia journal.

He currently guest edits a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable & Secure Computing with focus on paradigm shifts in cryptographic engineering. Prof Raphael has published over 80 refereed journal papers, has Erdős number 2, and h-index 31.

Guarding against malicious attacks
Maintaining resilience in face of successful compromises
Situational Awareness
Monitoring mechanisms including surveillance, forensics, materials detection, law
Adversarial capabilities encompassing covert communications and camouflage
Prof. Dr. Swee-Huay Heng

Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Expertise: Cryptography, Security, Mathematics
Prof. Dr. Elsadig M Ahmed

Professor, Faculty of Business

Expertise: Security Economics
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shing-Chiang Tan

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Expertise: Adversarial Classification, Anomaly Detection
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shohel Sayeed

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Expertise: Biometrics, Pattern Recognition
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seong-Shan Yap

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

Expertise: Material Properties of Unknown Substances
  • Dr. Olivia Tan (Law)
  • Dr. Connie Tee (Biometrics)
  • Dr. Kan-Yeep Choo (Computational Physics)
  • Dr. Shereen Khan (Law)
  • Dr. Nasreen Khan (Consumer Behaviour)
  • Dr. Shih-Yin Ooi (Pattern Recognition)
  • Dr. Solarin Sakiru Adebola (Economics)
  • Pey-Yun Goh (Machine Learning)
  • Poh-Nee Teo (Bioinformatics)
  • Putri Syaidatul Akma Mohd Adzmi (Law)
  • Gita Radhakrishna (Law)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thian-Song Ong (Biometrics)


  • All
  • Completed
  • On Going
  • research
The International Congress on Information and Communication Technology 2018 (ICICT 2018), London, UK
Best Paper Award
“Security Mediated Certificateless Undeniable Signature Scheme”, by Tsz Hon Yuen and Swee-Huay Heng
MySEAL (Senarai Algoritma Kriptografi Terpercaya Negara) Evaluation Panel
Coordinated by CyberSecurity Malaysia, since 2017

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