Prof. Muhammad Ikram

Room 286, Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub
Phone: +61 2 9850 8439
Muhammad.Ikram@mq.edu.au

  • System Design and Measurement
  • Information Security and Privacy
  • Malware Detection and Prevention
  • Vulnerabilities Analysis
  • Application of Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

I am a Lecturer in the School of Computing and a Project Lead in the Macquarie University Cybersecurity Hub. I am interested in designing techniques and systems for investigating vulnerability, security, and privacy issues in distributed systems and networked applications.

My research aim is to discover and contribute new knowledge in the areas of measurement, software and distributed systems security, automated discovery of vulnerabilities and malware analysis and data privacy within the broader research area of cybersecurity focusing on real-world applications and impact. I have successfully integrated my research into real-world applications of national interests; found vulnerabilities in websites and mobile applications used by millions of Australians and world-wide, and my findings prompted Australian government agencies to fix the vulnerabilities. I have regularly shared my results with service providers such Google and Facebook to protect the netizens from malware attacks and privacy risks exposure. My work on cybersecurity has been published in top-notched security and privacy conferences (such as NDSS, Usenix Security, WWW, PETS, and IMC) and has been covered by major media outlets such as ABC, Guardian and SBS.

  • System Design and Measurement
  • Information Security and Privacy
  • Malware Detection and Prevention
  • Vulnerabilities Analysis
  • Application of Machine Learning in Cybersecurity
  • An Automated System for Rapid, Accurate Malware Analysis and Effective Triage
  • The obligation of telecommunications service providers to provide ‘clean pipes’
  • Server-Side Blocking: Watching Providers’ Discrimination

Recent publications:

  1. Gioacchino Tangari, Muhammad Ikram, Kiran Ijaz, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, and Shlomo Berkovsky. “Mobile health and privacy: cross sectional study,” In the British Medical Journal, pp. n1248, doi:10.1136/bmj.n1248, 2021.  Impact factor: 39.89
  2. Tang, Zhushou, Ke Tang, Minhui Xue, Yuan Tian, Sen Chen, Muhammad Ikram, Tielei Wang, and Haojin Zhu. “iOS, your OS, everybody’s OS: Vetting and analyzing Network Services of iOS applications,” In the USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 20), 2020. CORE rank: A*
  3. Reethika Rameesh, Ram Sundara Raman, Matthew Bernhard, Victor Ongkowijaya, Leonid Evdokimov, Anne Edmundson, Steven Sprecher, Muhammad Ikram, and Roya Ensafi. “Decentralized control: A case study of Russia,” In the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium, 2020. CORE rank: A*
  4. Muhammad Ikram, Rahat Masood, Gareth Tyson, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Noha Loizon, and Roya Ensafi. “The chain of implicit trust: An analysis of the web third-party resources loading,” In the proceedings of the World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, CORE rank: A*
  5. Benjamin Zi Hao Zhao, Muhammad Ikram, Hassan Jameel Asghar, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Abdelberi Chaabane, and Kanchana Thilakarathna. “A decade of mal-activity reporting: A retrospective analysis of internet malicious activity blacklists,” In proceedings of the ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS), 2019. CORE rank: A, Award: Best Paper

Full publication list available at: https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/muhammad-ikram