Dr. Arash Habibi Lashkari is a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Cybersecurity. He is a Senior member of IEEE and an Associate Professor at York University. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick (UNB), and the Research Coordinator of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC). His research focuses on cyber threat modeling and detection, malware analysis, big data security, internet traffic analysis, and cybersecurity dataset generation.
Dr. Lashkari has over 25 years of teaching experience, spanning several international universities, and was responsible for designing the first cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) competition for post-secondary students in Canada. He has been the recipient of 15 awards at international computer security competitions - including three gold awards - and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 150 Researchers for 2017. In 2020, Dr. Lashkari was recognized with the University of New Brunswick’s prestigious Teaching Innovation Award for his personally-created teaching methodology, the Think-Que-Cussion Method.
He is the author of ten published books and more than 110 academic articles on a variety of cybersecurity-related topics and the co-author of the national award- winning article series, “Understanding Canadian Cybersecurity Laws”, which was recently recognized with a Gold Medal at the 2020 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, remotely held in 2021.
Building on over two decades of concurrent industrial and development experience in network, software, and computer security, Dr. Lashkari’s current work involves the development of vulnerability detection technology to provide protection to network systems against cyberattacks. He simultaneously supervises multiple research and development teams who are working on several projects related to network traffic analysis, malware analysis, Honeynet and threat hunting.