Dr Elena Sitnikova

Masters of Cyber Security Programs Coordinator
School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW Canberra Cyber
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Elena Sitnikova, PhD, BE (Hons), CSSLPSFHEA  is an award-winning academic and researcher; and Program Coordinator for the Masters in Cyber Security suites of programs within UNSW Canberra Cyber centre at the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). She is a global leader for cutting-edge research in Critical Infrastructure protection with a current focus on intrusion detection for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems cyber security, cyber-physical systems and industrial IoT (IIoT).  Given the increasing number of cyber-attacks globally, Elena’s research explores systems resilience and the use of artificial intelligence in the analytics of abnormal data that may affect critical systems. Her contribution in the field is demonstrated through the recent Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship Award.

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.  She is a recognised expert in excellence in higher education, holding a UK-based Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Team Citation award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Elena is affiliated internationally as an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), USA; and as an adjunct staff member at the School of IT and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS) at the University of South Australia (UniSA).

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

  • Critical Infrastructure protection with a current focus on intrusion detection for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems cyber security,
  • Cyber-physical systems and industrial IoT (IIoT). 
  • Systems resilience and the use of artificial intelligence in the analytics of abnormal data that may affect critical systems.

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

 

Journal articles

Offner K; Sitnikova E; Joiner K; MacIntyre R, 2020, 'Towards understanding cybersecurity capability in Australian healthcare organisations: A systematic review of recent trends, threats and mitigation (submitted)', Intelligence and National Security

Joiner K; Rees L; Levett B; Sitnikova E; Townsend D, 2020, 'Efficacy of structured peer critiquing in postgraduate coursework (accepted)', Studies in Higher Education

Joiner K; Rees L; Levett B; Sitnikova E; Townsend D, 2020, 'Learning Environment of Distance and Partly-Distance Postgraduate Coursework Programs (submitted)', Learning Environments Research

Brennan G; Joiner K; Sitnikova E, 2019, 'Architectural Choices for Cyber Resilience', Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, vol. 15, pp. 68 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14488388.2019.1664210

Koroniotis N; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Turnbull B, 2019, 'Towards the Development of Realistic Botnet Dataset in the Internet of Things for Network Forensic Analytics: Bot-IoT Dataset', Future Generation Computer Systems

Koroniotis N; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E, 2019, 'Forensics and Deep Learning Mechanisms for Botnets in Internet of Things: A Survey of Challenges and Solutions', IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 61764 - 61785, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2916717

Al-Hawawreh M; den Hartog F; Sitnikova E, 2019, 'Targeted Ransomware: A New Cyber Threat to Edge System of Brownfield Industrial Internet of Things', IEEE Internet of Things

Hassan M; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Turnbull B, 2018, 'Privacy-preserving big data analytics for cyber-physical systems', Wireless Networks, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11276-018-01912-5

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jisa.2018.05.002

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, vol. 11, pp. 313 - 327

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/wjet.2018.64045

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

Fowler S; Sweetman C; Ravindran S; Joiner KF; Sitnikova E, 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; Slay J; Ismail S, 2016, 'SCADA Systems Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructures: Case Studies in Multiple Sectors', Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, vol. v.6, pp. 79 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJCWT.2016070107

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

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

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, http://dx.doi.org/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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11334-007-0020-5

Conference Papers

Brennan G; Joiner K; Sitnikova E, 2019, 'Bespoke versus Open Architectures: Impacts on Cyber-Resilience of Mission-Critical Systems', Institute of Engineers Australia, Canberra, Australia, presented at SYSTEMS ENGINEERING TEST AND EVALUATION CONFERENCE 2019: Systems, Science and Engineering for a better Australia, Canberra, Australia, 29 April 2019 - 01 May 2019

Morrison C; Sitnikova E; Shoval S, 2018, 'A review of the relationship between cyber-physical systems, autonomous vehicles and their trustworthiness', in Hurley JS; Chen JQ (ed.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ICCWS 2018, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, National Defense University, Washington DC, pp. 611 - 621, presented at 13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS 2018), National Defense University, Washington DC, 08 March 2018 - 09 March 2018

Wilson SW; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E, 2018, 'A Digital Identity Stack to Improve Privacy in the IoT', in IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things, IEEE, Singapore, pp. 25 - 29, presented at IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things, Singapore, 05 February 2018 - 08 February 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WF-IoT.2018.8355199

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, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, Oslo, Norway, pp. 307 - 316, presented at 17th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ECCWS 2018, Oslo, Norway, 28 June 2018 - 29 June 2018

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 Proceedings, AAEE2018 Conferences, Hamilton, New Zealand, Australasian Association Engineering Education, Hamilton, New Zealand, presented at Australasian Association Engineering Education, Hamilton, New Zealand, 08 December 2018 - 12 December 2018

Marsden T; Moustafa N; Sitnikova E; Creech G, 2018, 'Probability Risk Identification Based Intrusion Detection System for SCADA Systems', in Mobile Networks and Management, Springer International Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 353 - 363, presented at 9th International Conference, MONAMI 2017, Melbourne, Australia, 13 December 2017 - 15 December 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_28

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, Springer International Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 30 - 44, presented at 9th International Conference, MONAMI 2017, Melbourne, Australia, 13 December 2017 - 15 December 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_3

Hassan MM; 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, Canberra, pp. 1 - 6, presented at MilCIS 2017 IEEE Stream, Canberra, 14 November 2017 - 16 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MilCIS.2017.8190422

Moustafa N; Creech G; Sitnikova E; Hassan M, 2017, 'Collaborative Anomaly Detection Framework for handling Big Data of Cloud Computing', in 2017 Military Communications and Information Systems Conference, MilCIS 2017 - Proceedings, Canberra, Australia, pp. 1 - 6, presented at Military Communications and Information Systems Conference (MilCIS), Canberra, Australia, 13 November 2017 - 14 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MilCIS.2017.8190421

Joiner KF; Atkinson SR; Sitnikova E, 2017, 'Cybersecurity Challenges and Processes for Australia's Future Submarine', in Skinner CJ; Morgan GA (ed.), 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 November 2017 - 16 November 2017, http://www.submarineinstitute.com/

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 May 2016 - 19 May 2016, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=255773240686908;res=IELENG

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 May 2016 - 19 May 2016

Sitnikova E; Slay J; Ismail S, 2015, 'Studying SCADA Organisations Information Security Goals: an Integrated System Theory Approach', in Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2015 - Proceedings, Singapore, presented at Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), Singapore, 05 July 2015 - 09 July 2015

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

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

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

Sitnikova E; Asgarkhani M, 2014, 'SCADA Systems: Strategic e-Systems for E-Governance of Critical Resources', in Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on e-Government: ECEG 2014, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited: Reading, United Kingdom, Faculty of Legal and Administrative Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Brasov, Romania, pp. 24 - 33, presented at 14th European Conference on e-Government: ECEG 2014, Faculty of Legal and Administrative Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Brasov, Romania, 12 June 2014 - 13 June 2014

Sitnikova E; Slay J; Ismail S, 2014, 'Towards Developing SCADA Systems Security Measures for Critical Infrastructures against Cyber-Terrorist Attacks', in Cuppens-Boulahia N; Cuppens F; Jajodia S; Kalam AAE; Sans T (eds.), IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Springer, pp. 242 - 249

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FSKD.2014.6980976

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FSKD.2014.6980967

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2459976.2459997

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39377-8_9

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

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

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IEMC.2005.1559094

Conference Abstracts

Sitnikova E; Seo WJ, (eds.), 2015, 'Uncovering Industrial Control Systems Vulnerabilities by Examining SCADA Virtual Packages and Their Communication Protocols', in Uncovering Industrial Control Systems Vulnerabilities by Examining SCADA Virtual Packages and Their Communication Protocols, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, presented at International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, 29 November 2015 - 04 December 2015, http://mssanz.org.au/modsim2015/documents/MODSIM2015_Abstracts.pdf