Dr Elena Sitnikova

PG Cyber Program Coordinator
School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW Canberra Cyber
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Elena Sitnikova, PhD, BE (Hons), CSSLP,  is an academic and researcher within the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of NSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Australia. Her main research interests are in critical infrastructure protection and cyber security, quality assurance and enterprise process capability improvement. Elena currently leads the Critical Infrastructure area, carrying out research projects in cyber security in SCADA and process control systems with industry, State and Federal Government partners in Australia. She works internationally researching cyber and natural threats including the new research direction of Extreme Solar Events and EMPs on SCADA systems. Recently published within the Inside Homeland Security : Cyber Threats, Solar Events and EPMs 

Elena is among the first Australians to be certified in CSSLP - Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, issued by (ISC)2 International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, USA in 2009 and she keeps this current.  From this she gained the knowledge and the concept of building security in, not adding on, within software application development lifecycles.  She now applies to her research and teaching specific courses within the Master of Cyber Security  and the Master of Cyber Security Operations programs at UNSW.

Elena is an award winning academic, holding an Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She is an executive member of and a Champion for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) and a key member and a champion of the Australian Council of Deans for Information and Communications Technology (ACDICT). 

Elena also has IT industry experience working as a senior software engineer with the Motorola Australia Global Software Group. Prior to migrating to Australia, she worked for the space project Buran; the results of her research were implemented at “Energia“(The Russian Space Research Centre in Moscow, Russia).

Current Research Topics and Interests

*Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Governance and Policy. There is currently no standard-based, large scale IoT deployment in support industrial control systems that operate within CI. This project will investigate and examine current standards and guidance for improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and develop a framework for IIoT with best practice solutions.

* Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) secure design. Driven by emergence of the IoT that adds new dimensions to cyber security issues for traditional M-2-M systems; this research aims to develop solutions to design and architecture pre-existing Critical Infrastructure systems that reflect the new phenomenon of IoT and its required interoperability and diverse architectures.

* IoT in autonomous systems. This research project will look at the adaptive behavioural of Industrial IoT systems and how these systems be re-programmed to change their behaviours automatically through specific data or interactions with other networking systems. For example, rapid response to cyber-threats.

* IoT-enabled systems complexity and interconnectivity. This project aims to develop innovative cyber security approaches to architectures, interfaces and integration of networks, sensors, control and computation for rapid design and deployment of heterogeneous Industrial IoT systems.

* Secure software applications, mobility and BYO devices. This project will research in software development principles in a new era of Secure Software applications. The concept of building “security in” through the life cycle development that increases software operability, security and safety in critical operations and IoT-enabled systems.

* Ecosystem cyber security . This research considers new technological advancements of IoT and creates opportunities to end-to-end ecosystem security and resiliency for industrial control systems, where the decisions can be made automatically in a distributed manner. The research project can include streams of transworthiness and resiliency. This project will be suitable for a potential student with specific skills in systems engineering and substantial years of experience in the field.

Some possible areas of industry applications of these research projects (but not limited to) are: Industrial Control Systems, Mission Critical Systems, Space Systems; and Socio-technical Systems.

If you are motivated individual with a strong record of academic publications who are interested in research area of cybersecurity and interested in applying for PhD scholarship please visit http://sas.unsw.adfa.edu.au/future_students/pg_research/

 

Journal articles

Joiner KF; Atkinson SR; Christensen PH; Sitnikova E, 2018, 'Cybersecurity for Allied Future Submarines', World Journal of Engineering and Technology, vol. 6, pp. 696 - 712, 10.4236/wjet.2018.64045

Joiner KF; Ghildyal A; Devine N; Laing A; Coull A; Sitnikova E, 2018, 'Four testing types core to informed ICT governance for cyber-resilient systems', International Journal of Advances in Security

AL-Hawawreh M; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E, 2018, 'Identification of malicious activities in industrial internet of things based on deep learning models', Journal of Information Security and Applications, vol. 41, pp. 1 - 11, 10.1016/j.jisa.2018.05.002

Joiner KF; Sitnikova E; Fowler S; Sweetman C; Ravindran S, 2017, 'Developing cyber-security policies that penetrate Australian defence acquisitions', The Australian Defence Force Journal, http://www.defence.gov.au/adc/adfj/Documents/issue_202/Sweetman_July_2017.pdf

Sitnikova E, 2017, 'Developing Postgraduate Cyber Security Programs at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales Canberra at ADFA', Journal of the Colloquium for Information System Security Education (CISSE), vol. 1

Ismail S; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2016, 'SCADA Systems Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructures', International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, vol. 6, pp. 79 - 95, 10.4018/IJCWT.2016070107

Sitnikova E; Asgarkhani M, 2015, 'Developing a Strategic Framework for Managing Security in SCADA Systems', The Journal in Information Warfare, vol. 13, https://www.jinfowar.com/journal-issue/volume-13-issue-4

Sitnikova E; Pelton JN; Singh I, 2015, 'Cyber Threats, Extreme Solar Events and EMPs', Inside Homeland Security Journal, http://www.abchs.com/ihs/WINTER2015/Pelton_Singh_Sitnikova_92.php

Dhenesh VS; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2012, 'An integrated tool-support for small team meetings: Lessons from observations of team meetings in organisations', International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, vol. 45, pp. 1 - 7

Ferris TLJ; Sitnikova E; Duff AH, 2010, 'Building graduate capabilities to communicate research and plans successfully', International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 26, pp. 891 - 899

Slay J; Sitnikova E, 2009, 'The development of a generic framework for the forensic analysis of SCADA and process control systems', Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol. 8 LNICST, pp. 77 - 82, 10.1007/978-3-642-02312-5_9

Sitnikova E; Kroeger T; Cook S, 2007, 'Software and systems engineering process capability in the South Australian defence industry', Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering, vol. 3, pp. 129 - 139, 10.1007/s11334-007-0020-5

Conference Papers

Koroniotis N; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2018, 'towards developing network forensic mechanism for botnet activities in the IoT based on machine learning techniques', in Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, pp. 30 - 44, presented at , 10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_3

Marsden T; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Creech G, 2018, 'Probability risk identification based intrusion detection system for SCADA systems', in Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, pp. 353 - 363, presented at , 10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_28

Sitnikova E; Saberi M; Townsend D; Joiner KF; Robertson E, 2018, 'Lessons learned: Understanding online engagement satisfaction in a large postgraduate Information Assurance Principles (IAP) course', in Lessons learned: Understanding online engagement satisfaction in a large postgraduate Information Assurance Principles (IAP) course, Australasian Association Engineering Education, Hamilton, New Zealand, presented at Australasian Association Engineering Education, Hamilton, New Zealand, 08 - 12 December 2018

Monks K; Sitnikova E; Moustafa N, 2018, 'Cyber intrusion detection in operations of bulk handling ports', in European Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS, pp. 307 - 316, presented at

Wilson S; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E, 2018, 'A digital identity stack to improve privacy in the IoT', in IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2018 - Proceedings, pp. 25 - 29, presented at , 10.1109/WF-IoT.2018.8355199

Morrison C; Sitnikova E; Shoval S, 2018, 'A review of the relationship between cyber-physical systems, autonomous vehicles and their trustworthiness', in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ICCWS 2018, pp. 611 - 621, presented at

Joiner KF; Atkinson SR; Sitnikova E, (eds.), 2017, 'Cybersecurity Challenges and Processes for Australia's Future Submarine', in 4th Submarine Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017, Submarine Institute of Australia, Adelaide, pp. 165 - 174, presented at 4th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference 2017 (SubSTEC4), Adelaide, 13 - 16 November 2017, http://www.submarineinstitute.com/

Moustafa N; Creech G; Sitnikova E; Keshk M, 2017, 'Collaborative anomaly detection framework for handling big data of cloud computing', in 2017 Military Communications and Information Systems Conference, MilCIS 2017 - Proceedings, pp. 1 - 6, presented at , 10.1109/MilCIS.2017.8190421

Keshk M; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Creech G, 2017, 'Privacy preservation intrusion detection technique for SCADA systems', in 2017 Military Communications and Information Systems Conference, MilCIS 2017 - Proceedings, pp. 1 - 6, presented at , 10.1109/MilCIS.2017.8190422

Joiner KF; Sitnikova E; Tutty M, 2016, 'Structuring Defence Cyber-Survivability T&E to Research Best Practice in Cyber-Resilient Systems', in 2016 Systems Engineering Test and Evaluation Conference Proceedings, 2016 Systems Engineering Test and Evaluation Conference, Melbourne, presented at 2016 Systems Engineering Test and Evaluation Conference, Melbourne, 17 - 19 May 2016

Sitnikova E; Tutty MG; McKee SV, 2016, 'Towards joint fires superiority in kinetic weapons, non-kinetic electronic and cyber warfare operations', in 2016 Systems engineering test and evaluation conference: SETE 2016., 2016 Systems engineering test and evaluation conference: SETE 2016, Melbourne, presented at 2016 Systems engineering test and evaluation conference: SETE 2016, Melbourne, 16 - 19 May 2016, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=255773240686908;res=IELENG

Ismail S; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2015, 'SCADA systems cyber security for critical infrastructures: Case studies in the transport sector', in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ICCWS 2015, pp. 425 - 433, presented at

Ismail S; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2015, 'Studying SCADA organisations information security goals: An Integrated System Theory approach', in Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2015 - Proceedings, presented at

Sitnikova E; Asgarkhani M, 2014, 'A strategic framework for managing internet security', in 2014 11th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, FSKD 2014, pp. 947 - 955, presented at , 10.1109/FSKD.2014.6980967

Ismail S; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2014, 'Using integrated system theory approach to assess security for SCADA systems cyber security for critical infrastructures: A pilot study', in 2014 11th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, FSKD 2014, pp. 1000 - 1006, presented at , 10.1109/FSKD.2014.6980976

Ismail S; Sitnikova E; Slay J, 2014, 'Towards developing SCADA systems security measures for critical infrastructures against cyber-terrorist attacks', in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 242 - 249, presented at

Asgarkhani M; Sitnikova E, 2014, 'SCADA systems: Strategic e-Systems for e-Governance of critical resources', in Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Government, ECEG, pp. 24 - 33, presented at

Asgarkhani M; Sitnikova E, 2014, 'A strategic approach to managing security in SCADA systems', in European Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS, pp. 23 - 32, presented at

Asgarkhani M; Sitnikova E, 2014, 'SCADA systems: Strategic e-Systems for e-Governance of critical resources', in Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Government, ECEG, pp. 24 - 33, presented at

Morris TH; Vaughn RB; Sitnikova E, 2013, 'Advances in the protection of critical infrastructure by improvement in industrial control system security', in Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series, pp. 67 - 74, presented at

Sitnikova E; Foo E; Vaughn RB, 2013, 'The power of hands-on exercises in SCADA cyber security education', in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, pp. 83 - 94, presented at , 10.1007/978-3-642-39377-8_9

Vaughn RB; Morris T; Sitnikova E, 2013, 'Development & expansion of an industrial control system security laboratory and an international research collaboration', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, presented at , 10.1145/2459976.2459997

Mubarak S; Sitnikova E, 2009, 'A case study on an investigation of information security management among law firms', in Proceedings of the 7th Australian Information Security Management Conference, pp. 103 - 109, presented at

Kasser JH; Sitnikova E; Tran XL; Yates G, 2005, 'Optimising the content and delivery of postgraduate education in engineering management for government and industry', in IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, pp. 90 - 94, presented at , 10.1109/IEMC.2005.1559094

Conference Abstracts

Sitnikova E; Seo WJ, Uncovering Industrial Control Systems Vulnerabilities by Examining SCADA Virtual Packages and Their Communication Protocols