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CARE Lab Director

Dr. Aunshul Rege, CARE Lab Director

Aunshul Rege is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple. She currently serves as the Research Lead for the Social Engineering Community at Defcon. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Raices Cyber and Black Girls Hack.

She has a B.Sc.(2002) in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, and worked for two years as a software engineer. She also holds a B.A. (hons.) (2006) and M.A. (2008) in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She completed her M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) in Criminal Justice from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. She has been researching cybercrimes from a Criminological perspective for over ten years. Her primary area of research, supported by an NSF CAREER award, is cybercrimes against critical infrastructures (power, water, transportation, etc), and she addresses the organizational dynamics of cybercriminals and their modus operandi, offender decision-making and decision trees, the anatomy of cyber-attacks, the ‘hybridity’ (cyber-physical relationships) of crime, and trend analyses. Her NSF EAGER grant in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology fuses Criminological theoretical frameworks, adversarial behavior data, and simulation modeling. She has worked with Temple’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department researching cyber attacks against power grids on an NSF CPS grant: “Synergy: Collaborative Research: Towards Secure Networked Cyber-Physical Systems: A Game-Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality.” She is a recipient of a 2019 NSF Trusted CI (Critical Infrastructure) Open Science Cybersecurity Fellowship. More recently, Dr. Rege received an NSF SaTC EDU grant: “Educating STEM Students and Teachers about the Relevance of Social Engineering in Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity”, where she will be running a social engineering CTF that is grounded in the social sciences and emphasizes the human factor in cyberattacks and cybersecurity.

For more information visit: Dr. Rege’s Website

Click here to request my NSF CAREER proposal.

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