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Dr Nick Patterson



Senior Lecturer in Information Technology


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Info Technology


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2013
Bachelor of Information Technology, Deakin University, 2009
Bachelor of Information Technology (Games Design & Development), Deakin University, 2008
Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science & Software Development), Deakin University, 2006



I am an ambitious academic professional and Alfred Deakin Medalist with a diverse background in Information Technology and Criminology. I provide evolving talent and passion in:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Cyber Security Education, Training and Awareness
  • Agile Project Management and Requirements Analysis
  • Data Analytics and Statistics
  • Consulting and Research
  • Web and Software Development

I possess a great capacity to learn and grasp new ideas quickly, the flexibility to work well on my own initiative and a friendly attitude to excel in cross-functional team-environments. I am a self-starter with personal drive and commitment to provide exceptional service to stakeholders. I thrive in investigating and researching technological problems and vulnerabilities that may lead to fraud or Cybercrime and design solutions for protection. Lastly, I have shown dedication and loyalty in the past as well as being effective in stressful situations and meeting deadlines.

I have had recent success where I led a large 3-year cyber-security research project, which involved hands-on experiments such as:

  • Data Collection and Analytics
  • Forensics and Penetration Testing
  • Offender and Victim Profiling
  • Algorithm Design and Implementation

A final solution was delivered in this project which operated in a complicated massively multi-user online system. This solution at the heart was an intricate autonomous algorithm, which proved to reduce Virtual Property Theft (account intrusion and digital goods theft) in real-time with a high degree of accuracy (80%). My work has and will save many users from becoming victims of this specific highly profitable form of Cybercrime. The demonstrated skills and experience acquired here can be applied to e-crime, forensics, fraud and information security fields.

You can find two of my free online courses at:

  1. Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks -
  2. Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself -
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Career highlights

Awarded PhD from Deakin University in 2013.

Alfred Deakin Thesis Medal awardee for 2014 for research that was focused on 'Improving the world'.

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Knowledge areas

IT Security. Forensics. Hacking Countermeasures. Biotechnology. Criminology. Agile Project Management.

Media appearances


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An improved authentication scheme for Internet of Vehicles based on blockchain technology

Xiaoliang Wang, Pengjie Zeng, Nick Patterson, Frank Jiang, Robin Doss

(2019), Vol. 7, pp. 45061-45072, IEEE access, Piscataway, N.J., C1


Exploring and managing the impact of cyber security on customer experience in cloud hosted software services

Barker Dominique, Nicholas Patterson

(2019), Vol. 1, pp. 1-7, COJ electronics & communications, New York, N.Y., C1


Virtually there: the potential, process and problems of using 360 video in the classroom

Sophie Mckenzie, Justin Rough, Aaron Spence, Nick Patterson

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 211-219, Issues in informing science and information technology, Santa Rosa, Calif., C1


Chunked lectures: a new model or conducting online lectures within information technology higher education

Nicholas Patterson, R Trujillo Rasua, M Hobbs, G Wood-Bradley, J Currey, E Lanham

(2019), pp. 20-30, EAISR 2019 : European Academic Institute for Scientific Research Conferences Proceedings, Berlin, Germany, E1


Cyber security insights into self-proclaimed virtual world hackers

Nicholas Patterson, M Hobbs, F Jiang, L Pan

(2019), pp. 73-87, CSITEC 2019 : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Science, Information Technology, Vienna, Austria, E1


A cyber-threat analytic model for autonomous detection of virtual property theft

N Patterson, T Zhu, M Hobbs

(2017), Vol. 25, pp. 358-381, Information and computer security, Bingley, Eng., C1


Visualization of big data security - a case study on the KDD99 cup data set

Z Ruan, Y Miao, L Pan, N Patterson, J Zhang

(2017), Vol. 3, pp. 250-259, Digital communications and networks, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


A direct insight into victims of cybercrime

N Patterson, M Hobbs, D Palmer

(2013), pp. 603-610, TrustCom 2013 : Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Virtual world security inspection

N Patterson, M Hobbs

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 895-907, Journal of networks, Oulu, Finland, C1


Virtual property theft detection framework

N Patterson, M Hobbs, J Abawajy

(2012), pp. 177-184, TRUSTCOM 2012 : Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, Liverpool, England, E1


Virtual world security inspection : a software inspection process carried out on popular virtual world environments

N Patterson, M Hobbs

(2011), pp. 1-9, ATIS 2011 : Proceedings of the 2nd Applications and Techniques in Information Security Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, E1


Can virtual world property be considered a digital good?

N Patterson, M Hobbs

(2010), pp. 33-40, IADIS ITS 2010 : Proceedings of THE IADIS International Conference : Internet Technologies & Society, Perth, Australia, E1


A multidiscipline approach to governing virtual property theft in virtual worlds

N Patterson, M Hobbs

(2010), pp. 161-171, What kind of information society? : governance, virtuality, surveillance, sustainability, resilience : 9th IFIP TC 9 international conference, HCC9 2010 and 1st IFIP TC 11 international conference, CIP 2010, held as part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010 : proceedings, Brisbane, Queensland, E1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Responsible gambling for preventing and reducing harm through digital education.

Dr Nick Patterson, Mrs Sophie Mckenzie, A/Prof Jo Coldwell-Neilson, Dr Elicia Lanham, Dr Guy Wood-Bradley, Dr Chathu Ranaweera, A/Prof Samantha Thomas, Dr Hannah Pitt

  • 2019: $75,000

Industry and Other Funding

Supporting older people who are disadvantaged with increased access to work through Deakin Professional Credentials

Dr Nick Patterson, Adj/Prof Marcus Bowles, Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Ms Jane Fahey, Ms Sophie Lanyon

  • 2018: $50,000


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