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Dr Keshav Sood



Lecturer in Cyber Security


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Info Technology


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45519

Biography summary

Keshav Sood received his B.Tech. degree (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering with distinction and the M.Tech. degree in Optical Fibre Engineering in 2007 and 2012, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Information Technology from Deakin University, Melbourne in 2018. He is currently a Lecturer in Deakin University, Melbourne. Previously he worked as Research Fellow in Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC), The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He worked on the project funded by Defence Science and Technology Group. He also worked as mentor in online future learn course on cyber security issues in small and medium scale enterprises. He was a trainee with the Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL, DRDO, Ministry of Defense) in Chandigarh, India. He is a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia accreditation. His research interests include Software-defined Networks, Internet of Things, Quality of Service and Cyber Security.


PhD Positions
Highly motivated and excellent students who wish to do PhD with me in the areas of modern networking and security are encouraged to contact me. Deakin University provides various scholarships for both Australian and international students. Please contact me with your resume, a copy of the academic transcript of your highest qualification, list of publications (if no publications please include title and abstract of your honours /master’s thesis).

Career highlights

March 2021- till date - Head of Product,  Cyber Security Capstone ProjecT, SIT Deakin University

Jan 2019- till date - Deputy Course Director, Bachelor Of Cyber Security, Deakin University

Oct. 2018- till date- Lecturer in Cyber Security, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI), SIT, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Jan. 2018- Oct. 2018 - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Advanced Cyber          Security Engineering Research Centre.

Project: Policy Driven Secure End to End Services in  Distributed Software Defined Networks based Autonomous Systems, Funding Body: Defense science and technology group (DST, Australia), The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia                                                              

Aug. 2017- Oct. 2018- Mentor and Course Facilitator, Cyber Security for Small    and Medium Enterprise: Identifying Threats, and Preventing Attacks, Future Learning Course, Deakin University, Australia

Feb. 2017- Dec. 2017- Lecturer and Course Coordinator of Graduate Course in Cyber Security, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne

Feb. 2014- Oct. 2017-Tutor and Marker, School of IT, Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia

Research interests

Modern network security (Software-defined networking, Internet of Things, and 5G)

Teaching interests

Computer Networks, Machine Learning, Network Design, Advanced Network Security

Knowledge areas

Software-defined Networks, Internet of Things, Quality of Service and Cyber Security

Professional activities

• PC member of IEEE Big Data Conference, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

• Reviewer for the conference/s:  IEEE Big Data, IEEE/CIC, ICCC, IEEE ICC, Workshop on Big security IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM.

• Journal reviewer: IEEE Network Magazine, IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Access, IEEE Internet of Things, IEEE Transaction on computational social system, IEEE TIFS, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transportation systems, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics,  IEEE/ACM TON, IEEE Services Computing, JNCA, Computer Networks, 

• External examiner Honors thesis. Deakin University, University of New England, University of Wollongong, University of Sydney

• External examiner Master by Research and M. Phil thesis. University of New South Wales, University of Sydney.

• Sessional lecturer, Unit developer and course co-coordinator for Cyber Security and Cloud Security Units at Victoria University, Melbourne.

• TPC-co-chairs, IEEE ITNAC 2017 and 2018

• Panel member HEAG, Deakin Uni. June 2019-March 2020

• RPL assessment officer, School of IT, Deakin Uni. January 2019 to till date.

• Session facilitator for Cyber Security workshops, Deakin Career Studios, India and Nepal, July 2019.

• Publication co-chair, Springer International Conference on Security and Privacy in Digital Economy (SPDE2020), China

• Guest Editor, Security and Privacy for AI-powered Smart IoT Applications, Digital Communications and Networks, Elsevier, October 2020

• Guest Editor, Special Issue on Privacy Preserved Learning in Distributed Communication Systems 2021, Elsevier,

Research groups

Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation,

Invited Talks

• Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China. Topic: Cyber Security: Challenges and Opportunities, July 2017.
• Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China. Topic: Software-defined Networking Security: Challenges and Opportunities, July 2017.
• Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jammu, India, Topic: IoT Heterogeneity and Security, Oct 2019.

Research Supervision

• Principal Supervisor: Mr. Dinh Duc Nha Nguyen (Tony) (PhD), Oct 2020-

• Associate Supervisor: Mr. Chaochen (PhD), January 2019-

• Principal Supervisor: Mr. Joel Prince (Bachelor of honours Degree in IT), July 2021-

• Supervisor (International Academic Student Visitor): Ms. J. Chen (Master’s degree), June 2019- June 2020.

• Capstone Project Supervisor (Bachelor of Cyber Security Group), (March 2019-till date)


• Professor of IT award 2016. This award is given to a PhD candidate having outstanding research achievement within School of IT.

• $10K start up fund from Deakin Uni. 2019-2020

• Principal-Investigator: 5G Cybersecurity: Towards a Secure Evaluation of Future HetNets, internal SIT Deakin, $5000,  2020

• Principal-Investigator: Autonomous Security Architecture for 5G enabled IoT Networks, CSRI, internal SIT Deakin, $10,000, 2020 (output: work in progress)

• Principal-Investigator : A Post-Quantum Code-Based Cryptosystem for Security of the Internet of Things, SEBE Faculty Deakin Internal, $5,000, January 2021 (output: work in progress)


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Bushfire Risk Detection Using Internet of Things: An Application Scenario

M Nosouhi, K Sood, N Kumar, T Wevill, C Thapa

(2022), pp. 1-9, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, NJ, C1

journal article

Joint optimization of Service Chain Graph Design and Mapping in NFV-enabled networks

Y He, X Zhang, Z Xia, Y Liu, K Sood, S Yu

(2022), Vol. 202, pp. 1-13, Computer Networks, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Towards Spoofing Resistant Next Generation IoT Networks

M Nosouhi, K Sood, M Grobler, R Doss

(2022), Vol. 17, pp. 1669-1683, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Plug-in over Plug-in Evaluation in Heterogeneous 5G Enabled Networks and beyond

K Sood, K Karmakar, V Varadharajen, N Kumar, Y Xiang, S Yu

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 34-39, IEEE Network, C1

journal article

Enabling Machine Learning with Service Function Chaining for Security Enhancement at 5G Edges

B Feng, H Zhou, G Li, Y Zhang, K Sood, S Yu

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 196-201, IEEE Network, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

UCoin: An Efficient Privacy Preserving Scheme for Cryptocurrencies

M Nosouhi, S Yu, K Sood, M Grobler, R Jurdak, A Dorri, S Shen

(2021), pp. 1-14, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Accurate Detection of IoT Sensor Behaviors in Legitimate, Faulty and Compromised Scenarios

K Sood, M Nosouhi, N Kumar, A Gaddam, B Feng, S Yu

(2021), pp. 1-13, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Piscataway, NJ, C1

journal article

RPPTD: Robust Privacy-Preserving Truth Discovery Scheme

Jingxue Chen, Yining Liu, Yong Xiang, Keshav Sood

(2021), pp. 1-7, IEEE Systems Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

A Tutorial on Next Generation Heterogeneous IoT Networks and Node Authentication

Keshav Sood, Shui Yu, Dinh Nguyen, Yong Xiang, Bohao Feng, Xiaoning Zhang

(2021), Vol. 4, pp. 120-126, IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, C1

journal article

Reliability-aware virtual network function placement in carrier networks

L Fang, X Zhang, K Sood, Y Wang, S Yu

(2020), Vol. 154, pp. 1-15, Journal of network and computer applications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

PASPORT: a secure and private location proof generation and verification framework

M Nosouhi, K Sood, S Yu, M Grobler, J Zhang

(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 293-307, IEEE transactions on computational social systems, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Adaptive service function chaining mappings in 5G using deep Q-learning

G Li, B Feng, H Zhou, Y Zhang, K Sood, S Yu

(2020), Vol. 152, pp. 305-315, Computer communications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Alleviating Heterogeneity in SDN-IoT Networks to Maintain QoS and Enhance Security

K Sood, K Karmakar, S Yu, V Varadharajan, S Pokhrel, Y Xiang

(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 5964-5975, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Cooperative Edge Caching: A Multi-Agent Deep Learning Based Approach

Y Zhang, B Feng, W Quan, A Tian, K Sood, Y Lin, H Zhang

(2020), Vol. 8, pp. 133212-133224, IEEE Access, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

A sparse protocol parsing method for IIoT protocols based on HMM hybrid model

Yunhua He, Jialong Shen, Ke Xiao, Keshav Sood, Chao Wang, Limin Sun

(2020), pp. 1-6, ICC 2020 : Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, Online, Ireland, E1


Analysis of policy-based security management system in software-defined networks

K Sood, K Karmakar, V Varadharajan, U Tupakula, S Yu

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 612-615, IEEE communications letters, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

ERM: an accurate approach to detect DDoS attacks using entropy rate measurement

Lu Zhou, Keshav Sood, Yong Xiang

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 1700-1703, IEEE Communications Letters, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Policy-based bigdata security and QoS framework for SDN/IoT: an analytic approach

S Pokhrel, K Sood, S Yu, M Nosouhi

(2019), pp. 73-78, IEEE INFOCOM 2019 : IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops, Paris, France, E1


HSDC-net: secure anonymous messaging in online social networks

M Nosouhi, S Yu, K Sood, M Grobler

(2019), pp. 350-357, TrustCom/BigDataSE 2019 : Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference On Trust, Security And Privacy In Computing And Communications/13th IEEE International Conference On Big Data Science And Engineering, Rotorua, New Zealand, E1


SDN-capable IoT Last-Miles: design challenges

K Sood, S Pokhrel, K Karmakar, V Vardharajan, S Yu

(2019), pp. 1-6, Globecom : Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, Waikoloa, Hi, E1


Privacy issues in social networks and analysis: a comprehensive survey

V Pham, S Yu, K Sood, L Cui

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 74-84, IET networks, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Topology-oriented virtual network embedding approach for data centers

Y Yuan, C Wang, S Peng, K Sood

(2018), Vol. 7, pp. 2429-2438, IEEE access, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

A survey on big data stream processing in SDN supported cloud environment

A Al-Mansoori, S Yu, Y Xiang, K Sood

(2018), pp. 1-11, ACSW 2018 : Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Brisbane, Queensland, E1


Towards QoS and security in software-driven heterogeneous autonomous networks

K Sood, K Karmakar, V Vardharajan, U Tupakula, S Yu

(2018), GLOBECOM : 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, E1-1


The controller placement problem or the controller selection problem?

Keshav Sood, Yong Xiang

(2017), Vol. 2, pp. 1-9, Journal of Communications and Information Networks, Cham, Switzerland, C1-1

journal article

Are current resources in SDN allocated to maximum performance and minimize costs and maintaining QoS problems?

K Sood, S Yu, Y Xiang

(2017), pp. 1-6, ACSW 2017 : Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Geelong, Victoria, E1


Software-Defined Wireless Networking Opportunities and Challenges for Internet-of-Things: A Review

K Sood, S Yu, Y Xiang

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 453-463, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, C1

journal article

Performance analysis of software-defined network switch using M/Geo/1 model

K Sood, S Yu, Y Xiang

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 2522-2525, IEEE communications letters, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

A General QoS Aware Flow-Balancing and Resource Management Scheme in Distributed Software-Defined Networks

K Sood, S Yu, Y Xiang, H Cheng

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 7176-7185, IEEE Access, C1

journal article

Control layer resource management in SDN-IoT networks using multi-objective constraint

K Sood, S Yu, Y Xiang, S Peng

(2016), pp. 71-76, ICIEA 2016: Proceedings of the IEEE 11th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, Hefei, China, E1


Dynamic access point association using software defined networking

K Sood, K Sood, S Liu, S Liu, S Yu, S Yu, Y Xiang, Y Xiang

(2015), pp. 226-231, ITNAC 2015: Proceedings of the 25th International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, E1


An effective and feasible traceback scheme in mobile internet environment

S Yu, K Sood, Y Xiang

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 1911-1914, IEEE Communications Letters, NJ, United States, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Accurate Decision-making for Network Security with Compromised Data.

Dr Keshav Sood, Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss

Department of Defence

  • 2022: $30,000

Other Funding Sources

Secure and Authenticated Access to Remote Assets Within Critical Infrastructure.

Dr Zubair Baig, Dr Lei Pan, Dr Keshav Sood, Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss

Cyber Security Research Centre Limited

  • 2022: $90,000


Principal Supervisor

Juan Zhao

Thesis entitled: Novel Audio Watermarking Methods Robust Against Attacks

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology), School of Information Technology