Ian Welch

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Associate Professor School of Engineering and Computer Science

Teaching in 2020


BCA Well., MSc PhD Newcastle (UK)

About Me

I have a PhD and MSc from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Bachelor of Commerce focusing on Accountancy and Commercial Law from Victoria University of Wellington. Before returning to study I worked for a range of employers including the State Services Commission, Government Superannuation Fund, QEII Arts Council, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Accenture and the UK National Health System. I returned to New Zealand in 2003 to begin work as a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington.

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I'm the main contact for the Cybersecurity (Haumaru-a-rorohiko) within the Bachelor of Engineering and Computer Science.


My current research focuses on web browser security, network security, human aspects of information security and programmable networks. Previous work has been on anonymous auctions, language level security, and digital archiving. While in the United Kingdom, I was a research associate on the five nation European Union project Malicious and Fault Tolerant Internet Applications and also contributed to the Dependable Systems of Systems project focusing upon adaptive distributed systems to increase their reliability.

I am a member of the New Zealand Internet Task Force, was a judge for the New Zealand iSANZ awards for excellence in Information Security in 2014, was co-leader of the New Zealand Honeypot chapter for more than five years, remain a member of the Honeyproject, have been a mentor for the Google Summer of Code. I am a strong believer in local Information Security conferences and support AISC, ACSW and promote Kiwicon to my students.

Several years ago, I received Government funding to run night courses and establish a community-based Internet cafe and education centre in association with the Porirua Pacific Islands Forum. For many years I have run outreach events for the Te Rōpū Āwhina Māori and Pasifika groups. My personal family connections are part of my motivation for this type of work.


Many of my students are co-supervised with other staff (including VUW Aaron Chen, David Streader, Bing Xue, David Pearce, Winston Seah, Qiang Fu, Jocelyn Cranefield, Brenda Chawner, Gillian Olliver, Peter Komisarzcuk, Andy Linton and Kris Bubendorfer).


  1. Kaishuo Yang - Reverse Engineering of an Obfuscated Binary (MSc)
  2. Matthew Stevens - Security when a Hacker Pwns your Business Partners Network (PhD)
  3. Trung Truong - Interdomain routing (PhD)
  4. Mohammed Al-Shaboti- Dynamic access control for IoT (PhD)
  5. Hassan Tariq - Optimisation HDFS using SDN measurements (PhD)
  6. Shabbir Abbasi - APT, Ransomware and Cryptojacking (PhD)
  7. Junaid Haseeb - Deception Techniques for IoT (PhD)



  1. Abigail Koay - Detecting High and Low Intensity Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks (2018)
  2. Muhammad Mahmood - Event Reliability in Wireless Sensor Networks (2018)
  3. Michael Emmanuel -Interconnection Impact Analysis of Solar Photovoltaic Systems with Distribution Networks (2018) ResearchArchive
  4. Masood Mansoori - Localisation of Attacks, Combating Browser-Based Geo-Information and IP Tracking Attacks (2017) ResearchArchive
  5. Ferry Hendrix - Reputation Services (2015) ResearchArchive
  6. Van Lam Le - Feature-Based Approaches to Detect Drive-by Download Attacks (2013) (pdf)
  7. Benjamin Palmer - Anonymously Establishing Digital Provenance in Reseller Chains (2012) ResearchArchive
  8. Christian Seifert - Cost-effective Detection of Drive-by-Download Attacks with Hybrid Client Honeypots (2010) ResearchArchive

Masters by thesis

  1. Jayden Nowitz - Modern Perspective on Phishing: An investigation into susceptibility to phishing attacks between mobile and desktop email clients (MSc 2018) ResearchArchive
  2. Matthew Stevens - Applying Formal Modelling to the Specification and Testing of SDN Network Functionality (2016) (ME) ResearchArchive
  3. Pacharawit Topark-Ngarm - Mobile Client Honeypots (MSc 2014) pdf
  4. Shadi Esnaashari - Invisible Barriers: Identifying restrictions affecting New Zealanders' access to the Internet (MSc 2014) ResearchArchive
  5. Wayne Thomson - GAF: A General Auction Framework for Secure Combinatorial Auctions (MSc 2014) ResearchArchive
  6. Aun Iqbal - Development of Osix - A Peering Point in a Box (MCompSci 2013) ResearchArchive
  7. Hugh Davenport - Implementation and Evaluation of Security Protocols in E-Commerce Applications (ME 2012) ResearchMaster
  8. Paul Radford - Improving Salience Retention and Identification in the Automated Filtering of Event Log Messages (MSc 2011) ResearchArchive
  9. Deb Shepherd - Developing, Analysing and Testing the Fringe Routing Protocol (ME 2011) ResearchArchive
  10. David Stirling - Enhancing Client Honeypots with Grid Services and Workflows (MSc 2009) pdf
  11. Benjamin Palmer - Verifying Anonymous Auctions (MSc 2009) ResearchArchive
  12. Vipul Delwadia - RemoteME:Experiments in Thin-Client Mobile Computing (MSc 2009) ResearchArchive
  13. Dean Pemberton - An Empirical Study of Internet Background Radiation Arrival Density and Network Telescope Sampling Strategies (MSc 2007) pdf


An automated compilation of my publications is provided by Google Scholar. The human curated version is maintained in the School's Publications Database.