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About Sajal Bhatia

Dr. Sajal Bhatia is an Associate Professor (Cybersecurity) and Director of Cybersecurity programs within the School of Computing at Sacred Heart University, CT. His primary research interest revolves around Network Security - both in wired and wireless domain, in particular areas such as Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks synthetic traffic generation, critical infrastructure security, and intrusion detection. More recently he has been interested in exploring Intrusion Detection System (IDS) for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Cybersecurity Education. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Sajal worked as Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Fordham University and at the Institute for Software Integrated System at Vanderbilt University where he was exploring the area of secure and resilient cyber-physical systems.

Sajal obtained his PhD from the Information Security Research Institute at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in 2013. His PhD thesis entitled Detecting Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks and Flash Events was nominated for the University Outstanding Thesis Award by the external reviewers. Sajal holds bachelor’s degree in Communication and Computer Engineering awarded by the LNM Institute of Information Technology, India in 2008. Prior to starting his doctoral studies, he worked as a Project Associate at IIT Kanpur.


September 2023 - Present Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University School of Computer Science & Engineering
August 2017 - Present Director of Cybersecurity Programs, Sacred Heart University School of Computer Science & Engineering
August 2017 - August 2023 Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University School of Computer Science & Engineering

Curriculum Vitae


2020 - 2023 Using Problem-Based Learning for Vocational Training in Cyberinfrastructure Security at Community Colleges
NSF - 2017371
Role: Principal Investigator
2020 - 2021 Creating Best Practices for Electricity Utilities Against DDoS Attacks
Protect Our Power
Role: Director
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Honors and Awards

  • SHU Tenure and Promotion 2023


July 2009 - August 2013 Ph.D., Queensland University of Technology ‐ Information Security Research Institute
July 2004 - July 2008 B.Tech. Communication & Computer Engineering, The LNM Institute of Information Technology

Contact Information

School of Computer Science & Engineering 
Jack Welch College of Business & Technology
West Campus East Building WCE*E-1137


Research Works (33)