I am a first year Computer Science Ph.D. student at UCL under the supervision of Dr. Marie Vasek and Professor Steven J. Murdoch.

Prior to starting my Ph.D., I was working as a Research Associate at Bristol Cyber Security Group, University of Bristol.

Research

My current research focuses on fighting against online financial crime, whose center of attention is smishing (SMS-based-phishing). I am working to devise methodologies to collect an updated novel SMS phishing data feed and analyze this in an automated fashion to understand the ecosystem in-depth. The research also looks into understanding the human perceptions and susceptibility towards smishing through a socio-technical approach.

My master’s thesis focused on investment frauds - online Ponzi schemes, where we collected a novel dataset, analyzed the schemes and contributed with new findings (paper presented at WACCO 2022). At the Bristol cybersecurity group, I worked on agritech security. As the lead researcher for the CyFoo project, funded by the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity. I designed and built the first smart dairy farm table-top testbed and conducted an initial security assessment in dairy farms. The research paper will be presented at CSET’22.

Education

  • MSc in Information Security
    University College London (UCL), London, UK
    Recepient of the Dean’s List Award for outstanding academic performance
    Thesis Advisor: Dr. Marie Vasek

  • BTech in Computer Science and Engineering
    VIT University, Chennai, India

Personal

I was born and brought up in a small valley in the lap of the Himalayas, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. In 2018 I moved to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to work for the CERN Computer Security Team. I worked at CERN for almost three years where my last position was a Research Scientist at the CMS Experiment’s Offline Computing Team. In 2020, I moved to London to start my taught Master’s in Information Security where I did my thesis on Online Ponzi Schemes. During my thesis, I started working part-time for the Bristol Cyber Security Group on the CyFoo project. After my graduation in September 2021, I was appointment to work full time on the project.

During this exciting journey of my life, I have been lucky to visit several countries in Europe to attend conferences and summer schools. I love travelling and exploring new places, capturing them through my lens (see some on Behance), and getting to know about various cultures. Like most of the other cybersecurity researchers, I love watching crime and thriller series. Being a foodie, I love trying different cuisines, Indian still being my favourite. Want to discuss anything about cyber security/crime, lets catchup over a cup of freshly brewed coffee!