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. Ts. Dr. Heng Swee Huay

Prof. Dr. Heng Swee Huay is currently a Professor at Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FIST), Multimedia University. She was the Vice President (Research & Development) from 2013 to 2017, and the Dean of FIST from 2011 to 2013, and the Deputy Dean of FIST from 2005 to 2011. She has about 20 years of research experience in the areas of Cryptography and Information Security. She obtained her Doctorate degree in the area of Cryptography and Information Security from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; and both her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. degrees were from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

She has been appointed the Section Representative for the IEICE Malaysia Section (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan) since February 2015. Some of her important professional involvements are such as Committee Member of the Working Group for Standardisation on Cryptography and Security Mechanisms, SIRIM, since 2011; Selection Committee of the Anugerah Akademik Negara (Malaysian National Academic Awards), under the Ministry of Higher Education, since 2014.

In view of her expertise, she has been invited to serve as Technical Programme Committee of more than 60 international security conferences and also as Reviewer for various journals. She has also been leading several government funded research projects as Principal Investigator.

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. Ong Duu Sheng

Professor, Faculty of Engineering

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yap Seong Shan

Industrial Associate Professional, Faculty of Engineering

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Shing Chiang

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Ir. Dr. Shahruddin Muslimin

Industrial Associate Professional, Faculty of Engineering

Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Pang Ying Han

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Technology

  • Dr. Olivia Tan (Law)
  • Dr. Connie Tee (Biometrics)
  • Dr. Shereen Khan (Law)
  • Dr. Nasreen Khan (Consumer Behaviour)
  • Dr. Shih-Yin Ooi (Pattern Recognition)
  • Dr. Chin Ji Jian
  • Dr. Goh Vik Tor
  • 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)
  • Dr. Lim Kian Ming
  • Dr. Nazrul Muhaimin Bin Ahmad


  • All
  • Completed
  • 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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