Dr. Ayman El Hajjar is a senior lecturer and serves as the head of the Cyber Security Research Group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Westminster. In his capacity, he also leads the Cyber Security and Forensics BSc and MSc programs. While leading the university’s Cyber Security research group, the group has successfully secured substantial funding totalling over half a million pounds. This funding supports their extensive research endeavours in IoT security, data integrity, and cryptographic solutions.
His primary research focus centres on the security of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities. Within these domains, Dr El Hajjar and his PhD students are exploring the use of various cryptographic models to secure communication of IoT devices both in transit and at rest, specifically focusing on data confidentiality and integrity and enabling secure key distribution among devices. Their research also investigates the integration of blockchain technology to enhance security measures within smart cities.
Dr. El Hajjar is also interested in addressing the human factor in cybersecurity He actively seeks solutions that lessen the burden on end-users, advocating for a paradigm shift towards more accessible and user-friendly security practices.
Dr. El Hajjar is actively engaged on national and international platforms, participating in various conferences and webinars, where he shares his insights and advances in cybersecurity, thus contributing to the promotion of cyber readiness worldwide. He has published numerous research papers and edited books in the field of cybersecurity. His publications cover a wide range of topics, including IoT security, data integrity, cryptography, and smart city technologies.