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Irfan Ahmed

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Get to Know Me

Something that excites me in my field...
I develop digital forensic capabilities and tools to catch bad guys who attack the US critical infrastructure.

My work impacts society by...
by equipping law enforcement agencies with advanced digital forensic tools and techniques leading to a safer and healthier society.

Something I learned in my research this year that surprised me...
I was surprised to know how a ransomware attack led to the shutdown of the colonial gas pipeline.

My favorite quote is...
"Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better." — Jim Rohn

Current University
Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Area
Cybersecurity; currently focusing on digital forensics, malware, cyber-physical systems, and cybersecurity education. 

Background
Irfan Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research group is Security and Forensics Engineering (SAFE) Lab, and he is also a faculty fellow at VCU Cybersecurity Center.

Before VCU, Ahmed was a Canizaro-Livingston Endowed Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity at the University of New Orleans (UNO), New Orleans, LA.

He is a recipient of the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, an Outstanding Research Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the UNO's Early Career Research Prize. His research work has been supported in part by the NSF, NSA, ONR, ARO, ORAU, and VA CCI, and has received three Best Paper Awards at DFRWS'20, ISC'13, and ICRC'11, and an Outstanding Poster Award at CODASPY'16.

Alma Mater
Ajou University, South Korea

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