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  • MS in Information Security, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
  • BS in Electrical Telecom Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

About Me

  • Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Field of Study:  Cybersecurity
  • PhD Advisor:  Aanjhan Ranganathan


Narmeen is a cyber enthusiast from Pakistan, currently pursuing a PhD in Cyber Security at Northeastern University, Boston, MA under the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program. She is also a recipient of DKG World Fellowship Award 2019. Narmeen received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical (Telecommunication) in 2013 and master’s degree in Information Security in 2016 from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan with gold medal.

She started her professional career as Research Fellow/ Team Lead with a national R&D organization, and later served as Lecturer in the Department of Information Security, NUST, Pakistan for 3 years. During her service at NUST, she also held position of Coordinator for Pakistan’s first National Cyber Security Auditing and Evaluation Lab (NCSAEL-NUST).

Narmeen has acquired several international trainings in the domain of Information Security particularly Information Design Assurance Red Team (IDART) from Sandia National Laboratories, USA, and Cyber Executive Training from Monterrey Institute of International Studies, MIIS, USA.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

Since its the first semester of my PhD program, I am more focused on studying core subjects and broadly exploring how wireless networks can be secured from evolving cyber attacks.

What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?

Network Security, Malware Analysis and Machine Learning have always enticed me, but since my graduate research was in the domain of Cyber laws and policies, I couldn’t really get a chance to work on the practical aspects of cyber security.

Pakistan being a developing country with minimal cyber consciousness lacks research opportunities, and learning environment that US can provide. Fulbright Scholarship program finally gave me the opportunity to advance my knowledge and career in the domain of cyber security.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?

Trying all the hacks practically that I have heard of in the past is the most fascinating thing to do. The labs really make the lectures interesting.

Though we are required to complete coursework first, I’m very much excited to start my research work.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

Since cyber security is increasingly important nowadays, I would like to join academia and prepare the young minds to contribute to cyber secure society.