Researcher

Associate Professor Benjamin Peter Turnbull

Fields of Research (FoR)

Computer System Security, Networking and Communications, Conceptual Modelling, Decision Support and Group Support Systems, Simulation and Modelling

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Biography

I am a leader, mentor, researcher, and education specialist, working at the forefront of cybersecurity at UNSW Canberra. 

My research is at the nexus of cyber security, simulation and emerging technology. My research goal is to provide comprehensive simulation, exercises, and decision support platforms for emerging cyber systems. I am a researcher and practitioner working in the Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, Knowledge Representation and...view more

I am a leader, mentor, researcher, and education specialist, working at the forefront of cybersecurity at UNSW Canberra. 

My research is at the nexus of cyber security, simulation and emerging technology. My research goal is to provide comprehensive simulation, exercises, and decision support platforms for emerging cyber systems. I am a researcher and practitioner working in the Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, Knowledge Representation and Simulation and Scenario-based learning domains. My research interests include novel approaches to securing computers and networks, automated learning from large datasets, forensic analysis of non-traditional devices, cyber security, cyber situation awareness, and simulation design for future outcomes. In this area, I have led large numbers of externally-funded research projects to success and significant outcomes. I have significant research management experience, with a combined research income of over $3 Million AUD, from sources including CSIRO, the Australian Defence Force, DST, the Cyber Cooperative Research Centre, and the US Naval Research Laboratory. This funding has largely been applied in nature, with outputs being in software code and documentation. 

I have been teaching cybersecurity for over two decades. My teaching in cybersecurity has spanned almost every offering at UNSW Canberra – from co-developing and teaching the first UNSW Canberra cybersecurity undergraduate elective through to the scaffolded and design of all undergraduate programs and multiple postgraduate offerings. I have, and continue to be, involved at every stage – course and program design, content development, teaching (in-class and online), marking, and moderation. I have a strong history in building and running industry-relevant, modern courses, across all aspects of the university offerings. 

I have a PhD in Information Technology (2007) - the first Australian PhD in Digital Forensics, and a Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Engineering) (2003). 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Research

Research Interests

  • Cyber Security 
  • Cyber Business Impact Analysis
  • The security of Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems Security, Industry 4.0.
  • Influence, misinformation and rumour propagation. 

 

Research Supervised

     PhD: 11 PhD completions, currently supervising 5 PhD students. 

     Honours: 22 Honours student completions


My Teaching

Teaching 

University of New South Wales

2023     Bachelor of Cyber Security (Pass, Honours) – Undergraduate
    Development: Co-designed and scaffolded. Worked with industry and UNSW stakeholders. Represented UNSW Canberra at high-level discussions. Ensured program and course approvals. 

2023    Graduate Certificate, MBA-X, Cyber Security Leadership
    Development: Contributed to course design and structure.   

2019    Cyber Security UNSW Online Program - Post-Graduate
  o    Cyber Security Graduate Certificate
  o    Cyber Security Graduate Diploma (Management and Leadership)
  o    Cyber Security Masters (Management and Leadership)
  o    Cyber Security Graduate Diploma (Security Engineering)
  o    Cyber Security Masters (Security Engineering)
    Development: Designed and scaffolded. Worked with industry and UNSW stakeholders. Represented UNSW Canberra at high-level discussions. Co-designed scaffolded, articulated degree. Ensured program and course approvals. 
    Operation: Co-Program Director (UNSW Canberra Director), 2019-June 2023. 

2016    Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security – Undergraduate. 
    Development: Assisted in program structure, content design and scaffolding.
    Operation:  Co-Program Convenor (2017-2018).

2015    Bachelor of IT/Cyber Honours.
    Development: Developed program structure, content design and scaffolding.
    Operation: Coordinator 2015-2016, 2019 - 2021.

2015    Masters of Cyber Security – Security Operations, Forensics, Advanced Tradecraft. 
    Development: Consulted on program and specialisation structures.

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Location

Room 205, Building 15
UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy
Tobruk Road
Campbell ACT 2612

Contact

+61 2 5114 5214