Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh



Lecturer, Cyber Security


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Info Technology


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2022



Muna Al-Hawawreh is a Lecturer in cybersecurity at the School of Information Technology at Deakin University Australia. Prior to joining Deakin University in 2022, Muna worked as an Associate Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and as an academic Tutor at the University of Canberra (UC), UC College (UCC), and Charles Darwin University. She received her PhD in computer science-cybersecurity from UNSW Canberra in 2022. She also received bachelor's and master's degrees (First Class Honours) in computer science. Muna is a passionate computer science and cybersecurity researcher with an innovative approach to problem-solving, leading to numerous successful projects and publications. Her research is multidisciplinary and focuses on cybersecurity and privacy-preserving in cyber environments like the industrial Internet of things, industrial control systems, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, and smart satellites, with a focus on investigating, analysing, and detecting current and future cyber-attacks (offensive and defensive research). She is also looking into using artificial intelligence applications for cybersecurity automation. In addition to her research work, Muna is also an experienced teacher and trainer. She has developed and taught various cybersecurity courses, including cloud security, identity and access management, and an introduction to cybercrime and cybersecurity. Her passion for teaching shines through in the positive feedback she receives from her students and the impact of her teaching practice on their understanding and appreciation of cybersecurity.

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Units taught

  • Real world practices in cybersecurity
  • Cloud computing security
  • Cloud computing architecting and foundations
  • Cybersecurity Mangaement
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Analytics For Security And Privacy
  • Identity and Access Managemnet
  • Database Design
  • Introduction to IT
  • Information Technology Systems And Innovation

Knowledge areas

Cybersecurity, Industrial Control Systems, Industrial Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, Edge computing

Professional activities

  • Deputy Course Director- Bachelor of Cyber Security-Deakin university.
  • A member in the postgraduate course leadership team -Master degree in cyber security-Deakin university.
  • Guest Editor in Journals (e.g., sensors).
  • Reviewer in the top-tier journals such as IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transaction on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transaction Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Access, and Security and Communication Networks (Hindawi).
  • Chair- The 9th International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security-2022.
  • Program committee member -First International Conference on Advances in Cyber Security – Malaysia– 2019, and 20th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications.
  • Master and PhD thesis examiner.


  • De Groot Prize for the best performance by a female postgraduate student-UNSW-2022
  • Stephen Fester Prize for the most outstanding Thesis on an Information Technology Related topicby a masters by research or PhD thesis student-UNSW-2022.
  • ARC PGC Student Award -in recognition efforts to continue researching and contribute to theUNSW HDR community during the COVID-19. 2021.
  • Dr. KW Wong best paper award – Elsevier publisher-selected on the grounds of originality and impact from the publications of 2018-2020.
  • First prize for high impact publications award- UNSW Canberra- School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) – 2019.
  • The student who earned the highest GPA of master computer science in each academic year.
  • The student who earned the highest GPA of Bachelor computer science in each academic year.


  • Zero Trust for smart grid 
  • Adversial Machine learning in Industrial control system
  •  Edge and Multimodal Machine Learning
  • Socrates: Software Security with a focus on critical technologies


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A privacy-aware framework for detecting cyber attacks on internet of medical things systems using data fusion and quantum deep learning

M Al-Hawawreh, M Hossain

(2023), Vol. 99, pp. 1-11, Information Fusion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Edge Learning for 6G-Enabled Internet of Things: A Comprehensive Survey of Vulnerabilities, Datasets, and Defenses

M Ferrag, O Friha, B Kantarci, N Tihanyi, L Cordeiro, M Debbah, D Hamouda, M Al-Hawawreh, K Choo

(2023), Vol. 25, pp. 2654-2713, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

WiP: Towards Zero Trust Authentication in Critical Industrial Infrastructures with PRISM

F Wang, Y Wang, L Zhang, Y Hertzog, M Loewy, D Valladolid, J Medeiros, M Al-Hawawreh, R Doss

(2023), Vol. 13907 LNCS, pp. 336-354, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), E1


An Online Model to Minimize Energy Consumption of IoT Sensors in Smart Cities

M Al-Hawawreh, I Elgendi, K Munasinghe

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 19524-19532, IEEE Sensors Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

X-IIoTID: A Connectivity-Agnostic and Device-Agnostic Intrusion Data Set for Industrial Internet of Things

M Al-Hawawreh, E Sitnikova, N Aboutorab

(2022), Vol. 9, pp. 3962-3977, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Ultra Light-weight Encryption for Securing D2D Communication of ESP8266 IoT devices in Wireless Mesh Networks

M Al-Hawawreh, I Elgendi, K Munasinghe

(2022), pp. 1-6, ISNCC 2022 : International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications, Shenzhen, China, E1


Deep Learning-Enabled Threat Intelligence Scheme in the Internet of Things Networks

M Al-Hawawreh, N Moustafa, S Garg, M Hossain

(2021), Vol. 8, pp. 2968-2981, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, Piscataway, N.J., C1-1

journal article

A threat intelligence framework for protecting smart satellite-based healthcare networks

M Al-Hawawreh, N Moustafa, J Slay

(2021), Neural Computing and Applications, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

Developing a security testbed for industrial internet of things

M Al-Hawawreh, E Sitnikova

(2021), Vol. 8, pp. 5558-5573, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Asynchronous Peer-to-Peer Federated Capability-Based Targeted Ransomware Detection Model for Industrial IoT

Muna Al-Hawawreh, Elena Sitnikova, Neda Aboutorab

(2021), Vol. 9, pp. 148738-148755, IEEE Access, Piscataway, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Targeted Ransomware: A New Cyber Threat to Edge System of Brownfield Industrial Internet of Things

M Al-Hawawreh, F Hartog, E Sitnikova

(2019), Vol. 6, pp. 7137-7151, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1-1

journal article

Leveraging Deep Learning Models for Ransomware Detection in the Industrial Internet of Things Environment

Muna Al-Hawawreh, Elena Sitnikova

(2019), pp. 1-6, MilCIS 2019 : Proceedings of the Military Communications and Information Systems Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1


An Efficient Intrusion Detection Model for Edge System in Brownfield Industrial Internet of Things

Muna AL-Hawawreh, Elena Sitnikova, Frank den Hartog

(2019), pp. 83-87, BDIOT 2019 : Proceedings of the 2019Big Data and Internet of Things Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1


Industrial Internet of Things Based Ransomware Detection using Stacked Variational Neural Network

Muna AL-Hawawreh, Elena Sitnikova

(2019), pp. 126-130, BDIOT 2019 : Proceedings of the 2019Big Data and Internet of Things Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Identification of malicious activities in industrial internet of things based on deep learning models

Muna Al-Hawawreh, Nour Moustafa, Elena Sitnikova

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 1-11, Journal of Information Security and Applications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

An anomaly-based approach for DDoS attack detection in cloud environment

Adnan Rawashdeh, Mouhammd Alkasassbeh, Muna Al-Hawawreh

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 312-324, International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Olney, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Contributions to Edge and Multimodal Machine Learning.

Dr Mohamed Reda Bouadjenek, Dr Sunil Aryal, Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh

Technology Innovation Institute - Sole Proprietorship LLC

  • 2023: $66,697
  • 2022: $162,113


Dr Zubair Baig, Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh, Dr Jesse Laeuchli, Dr Naeem Syed, Dr Anh Dinh

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • 2023: $66,000

SummerTech Live Program 2024

Dr Mohamed Reda Bouadjenek, Dr Sunil Aryal, Dr Michael Hobbs, Dr Anh Dinh, Dr Anuroop Gaddam, Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh, Dr Aaron Spence, Dr Imali Dias

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • 2024: $19,500
  • 2023: $27,500

Other Funding Sources

Socrates: Software Security with a focus on critical technologies.

A/Prof Lei Pan, Dr Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss, Dr Zubair Baig, Prof Jemal Abawajy, Prof Shiri Krebs, Dr Jayson Lamchek, Dr Shamsul Huda, Dr Muna Al-Hawawreh, Dr Naeem Syed, Dr Jack Li, Dr Ye Zhu, Dr Frank Jiang, A/Prof William Yeoh, Prof Chang-Tsun Li, A/Prof Lennon Chang, Prof Patrick Emerton, Dr Hourieh Khalajzadeh, Dr Van-Hau Trieu, Dr Yanjun Zhang, Dr Leo Zhang

Cyber Security Research Centre Limited

  • 2024: $30,244
  • 2023: $120,976


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