Ibrahim (Abe) Baggili, Ph.D.

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Elder Family Chair
Assistant Dean
Associate Professor, Computer Science

Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department
Tagliatela College of Engineering

Ph.D. in Computer Information Technology (Emphasis on Cybersecurity and Networks and Cyber Forensics), Purdue University
M.S. in Computer Information Technology (Emphasis on Programming for Mobile Devices), Purdue University
B.S. in Computer and Information Technology - Network Engineering Technology (With Distinction), Purdue University

About Ibrahim (Abe)

Ibrahim “Abe” Baggili is an internationally recognized expert in cyber security and digital forensics. He is the founder and co-director of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group.

The group, which includes student researchers, found liabilities in popular apps, including WhatsApp and Viber, that affected more than 1.5 billion users, garnering significant international media coverage. Its National Security Foundation-funded research showed that they could break into virtual reality systems – the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift – and alter what happened once they got in.

Dr. Baggili works regularly with law enforcement on digital forensics to help solve crimes, and he created the Artifact Genome Project, a digital information resource for law enforcement. His work has been supported by the National Security Agency and the MITRE Corporation, which funded a project entitled “Survey for Automation of Child Abuse Investigations.”

He received his Ph.D., master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in computer information technology from Purdue University, where he was a researcher at its Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and its Cyber Forensics Laboratory. Before arriving at the University of New Haven in 2013, he was an assistant professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory, the first cyber forensics lab in the Arab region.

The former editor-in-chief for the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law, Dr. Baggili investigated and co-authored “A Method and a Case Study for the Selection of the Best Available Tools for Mobile Device Forensics Using Decision Analysis,” which was published in Digital Investigation. He won the best paper award for “File Detection on Network Traffic Using Approximate Matching” at the International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime.

Named to Connecticut Magazine’s “40 under 40” Class of 2018, a list of high-achievers under the age of 40 who stand out in their fields, Dr. Baggili mentors undergraduate and graduate researchers and the University’s hacking team. The team was a finalist in the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition and placed second at the CyberSeed competition at UConn.

He’s also the principal investigator on the GenCyber Agent Academy – funded by the NSA and NSF – a summer academy for middle and high school students to encourage interest in the STEM fields.

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Access Data Windows Forensics, Registry and Applied Decryption, 2008

Access Data Boot Camp Certification (Passed the Practical Skills Assessment), 2007

Honors & Awards

University Research Scholar, University of New Haven, 2014-2017

Exemplary Faculty Award, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, 2012

Adviser of Best Undergraduate Capstone Award for Jena2i (e-learning system for judges and lawyers in the U.A.E.), presented by Minister of Higher Education H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, 2011

ICST Best Paper Award at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime for: “Defining a standard for reporting digital evidence items in computer forensic tools,” 2010

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, 2008

Selected Publications

Ravai, G., and Baggili, I.M. (2013). Step into Programming with Visual Basic .NET. 4th Edition,Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Al Mutawa, N., Baggili, I., and Marrington, A. (2012). “Forensic analysis of social networking applications on mobile devices.” Digital Investigation, 9, S24-S33.

Marrington, A., Baggili, I., Ismail, T. A., and Kaf, A. A. (2012). “Portable web browser forensics: a forensic examination of the privacy benefits of portable web browsers.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Systems and Industrial Informatics (ICCSII), IEEE, pp. 1-6.

Ruan, K., Baggili, I., Carthy, J., and Kechadi, T. (2011). “Survey on cloud forensics and critical criteria for cloud forensic capability: a preliminary analysis.” Proceedings of the 2011 ADFSL Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

Baggili, I. (Ed.). (2011). Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime: Second International ICST Conference, ICDF2C 2010, Revised Selected Papers, Vol. 53, Springer.

Bariki, H., Hashmi, M., and Baggili, I. (2011). “Defining a standard for reporting digital evidence items in computer forensic tools. In Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 78-95.

Marrington, A., Baggili, I., Mohay, G., and Clark, A. (2011). “CAT Detect (Computer Activity Timeline Detection): a tool for detecting inconsistency in computer activity timelines.” Digital Investigation, 8, S52-S61.

Yousef, A. F., Baggili, I. M., Bartlett, G., Kane, M. D., and Mymryk, J. S. (2011). “LINA: a laboratory inventory system for oligonucleotides, microbial strains, and cell lines. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 16(1), 82-89.

Bader, M., and Baggili, I. (2010). “iPhone 3GS forensics: logical analysis using Apple iTunes backup utility.” Small Scale Digital Device Forensics, 4(1).

Baggili, I., and Rogers, M. (2009). “Self-reported cyber crime: an analysis on the effects of anonymity and pre-employment integrity. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 3(2).

Baggili, I. M., Mislan, R., and Rogers, M. (2007). “Mobile phone forensics tool testing: a database driven approach.” International Journal of Digital Evidence,6(2), 168-178.

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Recent Grants

Iqbal, F., Baggili, I., and Marrington, A., Social media forensics for cybercrime investigation and detection, Zayed University Research Office, 2013.

Marrington, A., Baggili, I., and Iqbal, F., Complex hypothesis testing in digital forensic event reconstruction, Zayed University Research Office, 2013.

Baggili, I., Marrington, A., and Iqbal, F., CAT-Recorder (Computer Activity Timeline Recorder): an agent based approach for real time computer forensic evidence collection, Zayed University Research Office, 2013.

Baggili, I. M., Second-hand cellular phones: do they pose a threat to our privacy? Zayed University Research Office, 2010.

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