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Dr. Dan Dongseong Kim is Deputy Director of UQ Cybersecurity and an Associate Professor (in the commonwealth system, is broadly equivalent to a North American full professor) (continuing appointment) in Cyber Security at The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Before UQ, he was a faculty member (permanent academic staff; Senior Lecturer 2015-2018, Lecturer 2011-2014) in Cyber Security in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at The University of Canterbury (UC), Christchurch, New Zealand from 2011 to 2018. From 2008 to 2011, he was a postdoc at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in the US. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in the US in 2007. His research interests are in Cyber Security and Dependability for various systems and networks. Please visit his research team webpage:


Research Focus: Cyber G.A.M.E

  • Graphical Models for Cyber Security: Model-based Cyber Security Risk Analysis
  • AI for Cybersecurity & Cyber Security for AI: Securing AI systems and Cybersecurity using AI techniques
  • Moving Target Defense (MTD): Resilient and Proactive Defence
  • Evolving Attacks and Defense Automation: Red team and Blue team Automation and evaluation using AI

Professional Activities (selected)

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (impact factor: 33.84 (2022-2023), #1 impact factor among all the IEEE journals), 2021 - present.
  • Editorial Board Member, Elsevier Computers and Security (impact factor: 5.6 (2023)), 2019 - present.
  • Editorial Board Member, Elsevier Computer Networks (impact factor: 5.6 (2023)), April 2022 - present.
  • An Elected Member of the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance (2021 onwards).
    • The IFIP WG 10.4 consists of over 60 experts in the field of fault-tolerance, dependable and secure computing.
  • Steering committee member of IFIP/IEEE DSN, 2021-2025.
  • Steering committee chair of IEEE PRDC, 2022-present.
  • Steering committee member of IEEE PRDC, 2019-present.
  • TPC member of international conferences including IFIP/IEEE DSN, SRDS, ISSRE, ICDCS, etc.

Selected publications

Research Sponsors (past and current)

  • NSF (US), IBM T.J. Watson (US), US Army Research Lab. (US), NEC (Japan), Tait Comm. (NZ), MBIE (NZ), NPRP (Qatar), ADD (Republic of Korea), NRF (Republic of Korea), etc.

Recent Ph.D. graduates (selected)

  1. Kok Onn Chee (Ph.D., University of Queensland, 2024: Principal Advisor): Security Modelling and Analysis of Internet of Things against Evolving Attacks.

  2. Minjune Kim (Ph.D., , University of Queensland, 2023: Principal Advisor): Security and performance evaluation of software defined networking adopting moving target defenses (Research Engineer at CSRIO's Data61, Australia).
  3. Dilli P. Sharma (Ph.D., University of Canterbury, 2020; senior supervisor at UC, -> co-supervisor at UQ): Software-defined networking based moving target defenses. (Postdoc at U. of New Brunswick, Canada -> Postdoc at the University of Toronto, Canada).

  4. Taehoon Eom (Ph.D., 2020, KAU, Korea, co-supervisor): Security modeling and analysis for performance enhancement in software defined network (Researcher at KAU-> Research Professor at KAU -> Artificial Intelligence Industry Cluster Agency (AICA), South Korea).

  5. Hooman Alavizadeh (Ph.D., Massey University, NZ, 2019, co-supervisor): Effective Security Analysis for Combinations of MTD Techniques on Cloud Computing (a Postdoc, Massey University -> Postdoc at UNSW Canberra->Lecturer at U of Sydney-> Lecturer (continuing academic staff), La Trobe University, Australia).

  6. Kieran Morris (Ph.D., ECE, University of Canterbury, NZ, 2019, co-supervisor): Reliability and resilience evaluation of distribution automation (first employment: Tait communications, NZ-> Noted Ltd ).

  7. Simon (Enochson) Yusuf (Ph.D., Computer Science, NZ, University of Canterbury, Dec 2018, senior supervisor): Dynamic Cyber Security Modeling and Analysis (Postdoc at UQ-> Lecturer (continuing academic staff) at Federal University Kashere (FUK), Gombe, Nigeria -> Lecturer at Whitecliffe College, New Zealand. )

  8. Mengmeng Ge (Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Canterbury, 2018; senior supervisor): Graphical security modeling and assessment for the Internet of things (Lecturer (continuing academic) in Cybersecurity at Deakin University -> RMIT University, Australia -> Deloitte New Zealand-> Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand).

  9. Iman Elmir (Ph.D., Hassan 1st Univ. Morocco, 2017, co-supervisor): Security Modeling and Analysis of Intrusion Tolerant Data Centers

  10. Jin B. Hong (Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Canterbury, April 2015, senior supervisor): Scalable and Adaptable Security Modeling and Analysis. (First employment: Postdoc, UC, NZ -> Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity at U of Western Australia)

  11. Nguyen Tuan Anh (Ph.D., August 2015, KAU, co-supervisor): Availability Modeling and Analysis of Data Center Systems using Stochastic Reward Nets. (Postdoc, Kunkuk University, South Korea -> an Academic Research Professor, Kunkuk University, South Korea)

Cyber Security Research Experience

Dan Dongseong Kim has been working on various topics in computer and network security since 2001. Dan started his research with crypto algorithms design, implementation, and testing for hardware devices such as FPGA/ASICs. Then, he worked on machine learning/data mining approaches for (host-based, network-based) intrusion detection from 2001 onward. His master's thesis was a machine learning (ML)-based network intrusion detection. He worked on various computer and network security topics such as an intelligent SIEM (it was called enterprise security management at that time), authentication protocols for RFID systems, security and privacy for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), etc. His Ph.D. topics were security and privacy for WSNs. He spent one year as a visiting scholar at The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, Maryland in the US in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Virgil D. Gligor.

He started working on dependability more seriously in addition to Cyber Security in 2008 when he started his postdoc research at Duke University under the supervision of the Hudson Chaired Professor Kishor S. Trivedi. He worked on research projects funded by the US NSF, NEC Japan, and IBM T.J. Watson in the area of dependability (availability/performance) of data centers/cloud computing and cybersecurity modeling & analysis.

Since he became a faculty member at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand in August 2011, he explored deeply the area of graphical models for cybersecurity, metrics, measurement, and efficient evaluation methods for automated cybersecurity modeling and analysis and applied those key ideas to Cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Moving Target Defenses (MTD), cyber deception, and automated cyber-attacks generation. He worked with diverse groups of people from various countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, USA, UK, and Vietnam.

Academic Genealogy

As for his academic genealogy, his Ph.D. thesis advisor was

  • Jong-Sou Park (Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1994); his one was
  • Paul Thomas Hulina (Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1969); then it runs back through
  • Jon Gustav Bredeson (Northwestern University, Ph.D., 1967),
  • Seifollah Louis Hakimi (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Ph.D., 1959),
  • Mac Van Valkenburg (Stanford University, Ph.D., 1952),
  • Oswald Garrison Villard, Jr. (Stanford University, Ph.D., 1949),
  • Frederick Emmons Terman (widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1924, Sc.D.) and
  • Vannevar Bush (Jointly Harvard/MIT, D. Eng., 1916) to
  • Arthur Edwin Kennelly (Professor at Harvard/MIT) (who was working in Thomas Edison's West Orange Laboratory from December 1887 to March 1894) and Dugald C. Jackson.

His postdoc advisor is Professor Kishor S. Trivedi (UIUC, Ph.D., 1974) who is a Life Fellow of IEEE and the Hudson Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, USA. Please visit the academic tree from Duglad C. Jackson up to the ancestors at the academic tree (link).