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Dr. Mathew Nicho

Associate Researcher: Associate Professor

Dr. Mathew Nicho is an Associate Professor at Rabdan Academy. He worked previously at the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; School of Computing and Digital Media, at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland; University of Dubai (UAE); and Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). His research outputs have appeared in journals and conferences namely Communications of the Association of Information Systems, Information and Computer Security, International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and conferences namely Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, International Conference on Mathematical Methods, Models and Architectures for Computer Network Security), IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security(to name a few). He was awarded “Exceptional” employee of CTI, Zayed University in 2019 and nominated for “Exceptional’ employee of CTI, Zayed University in 2018; A ‘special award’ for assisting Zayed University students of special needs in 2022; and an ‘outstanding paper’ award in 2020 at the Applied Computing conference.


    PhD (Auckland University of Technology)

    MIS (Auckland University of Technology)

Teaching Areas

    Ethical Hacking

    Penetration Testing

    Information Security Management

Research Interests

    Socio-technical vulnerabilities of Advanced Persistent Threats

    IoT vulnerabilities and threats

    Threat detection

    Spear phishing

    Cyber security awareness.



    1.     Nicho, M., McDermott B., & Majdani, F. (2022). Replacing Human Input in Spam Email Detection using Deep Learning. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp 387-404) Springer, Cham.                                          [Scopus B]

    2.     Nicho, M., & Girija, S. (2022). Evaluating Machine Learning Methods for Intrusion Detection in IoT at the 12th International Conference on Information Communication and Management (ICICM 2022). ACM.                       [Scopus]

    3.     Nicho, M., & Girija, S. (2022). Systems Dynamics Modelling for Evaluating Socio- Technical Vulnerabilities in Advanced Persistent Threats at the 15th IEEE International Conference On Human System Interaction.                                    [Scopus]

    4.     McDermott, Christopher D.; Nicho, Mathew; Isaacs, John P. (2022): Intrusion Detection in Smart Homes: A pretest-posttest study of learning modalities for improved Cyber Situational Awareness. TechRxiv. Preprint.               https://doi.org/10.36227/techrxiv.19672275.v1      [Scopus]

    5.     Shafaq Naheed Khan, S., Mohammed Shael, M., Munir Majdalawieh, M., Nishara Nizamuddin, M., & Nicho, M. (2022). Blockchain for Governments: The Case of Dubai Government. Sustainability Journal.                       [Scopus Q2]


    6.     Nicho, M., & Alkhateri, M. (2021). Modeling Evasive Malware Authoring Techniques. In 2021 5th Cyber Security in Networking Conference (CSNet) (pp. 71-75). IEEE. [Scopus]

    7.     Nicho, M., & Girija, S. (2021). IoTVT Model: A Model Mapping IoT Sensors to IoT Vulnerabilities and Threats. In 20th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications (IUCC/CIT/DSCI/SmartCNS) (pp. 123-128129). IEEE.                                                            [Scopus]

    8.     Nicho, M., Emad. B, & Parkar, T., (2021). Application of Consumptive Metrics to Measure Internship Alignment. In 2021 8th Annual Conf. on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence (CSCI'21)). IEEE.                                      [Scopus]

Dr. Mathew Nicho
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