Dr. Nalin Asanka

Dr. Nalin Asanka

Lecturer @ Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) UNSW ADFA

Dr Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage currently works as a Lecturer in Cyber Security in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy). He holds a PhD in Usable Security entitled “Security Awareness of Computer Users: A Game Based Learning Approach” from Brunel University London, UK where he developed  a game design framework to protect computer users against “phishing attacks”. He obtained a BSc (MIS) Hons from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland and has completed a master’s degree, MSc in Information Management and Security at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), USA. He is also a professional member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
 
Prior to undertaking his current position at UNSW Canberra, he worked as Research Fellow in Usable Security and Privacy in the Laboratory of Education and Research in Software Security Engineering (LERSSE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Before moving to Vancouver, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Systems Security Engineering in the Cyber Security Centre, Department of Computer Science at Oxford University. He has also presented his research at Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, California, USA and collaborated with HP in a research capacity at the HP Lab, Bristol, UK. Nalin has been an invited speaker for conferences both nationally and internationally. His  research has been featured in numerous media outlets including ABC News Radio, SYN Radio 90.7 FM, Sky News Australia, Daily show on Radio 2SER 107.3, Choice – Australia, Guardian labs (sponsored by Intel Corporation, Australia) and UNSW TV. He worked on a number of lecturing positions in Computer Science at Brunel University, University of Bedfordshire, Westminster University and Central Bedfordshire College in the UK. Before moving to UNSW Canberra, He briefly worked as Sessional Lecturer in Computer Science at Deakin University, Victoria University and Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) in Melbourne, Australia. 
 
Apart from his academic career, Nalin also worked on a number of software engineering roles ranging from Programmer, Software Engineer to IT Manager.