Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Computer Science- Digital forensics)

MSc. (Computer Science- Information Security)

B.Eng. (Electrical/Computer Engineering)


Dr. Richard got his Ph.D. from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2015 where he worked on the human aspect of security and forensics. Proceeding after his Ph.D. studies, he joined the Cybersecurity department of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, as a lecturer, in 2016.  Shortly after, he joined the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa as a Postdoctoral fellow where he further secured a concurrent Postdoctoral fellowship award with Australia Awards-Africa. He conducted his research with the University of New South Wales Sydney, and the UP from 2016 to 2018. Thereafter, he initiated a research body in FUT Minna towards digital policing for developing nations between 2018 and 2019. Before joining Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Richard was with the Cyber and Network security department of the Community College of Qatar where he taught extensive practical-based, student-oriented cyber security courses. In terms of research, Dr. Richard has published in high-rated security and forensic journals and reputable international conferences. He is pioneering digital policing studies with a special focus on developing countries.


Abu Dhabi Campus, FF3-1-21


+971 2 599 3729

Teaching Areas

Information security

Information security management

Digital Forensics

Malware analysis

etwork security (architecture)


Research and Professional Activities

Digital forensics

Malware analysis

Digital policing

User and device attribution

Cyber security education

AI in cybersecurity

Behavioral Biometrics


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Selected Refereed journal papers

  • Ikuesan, A. R., & Venter, H. S. (2019). Digital behavioral-fingerprint for user attribution in digital forensics: Are we there yet?. Digital Investigation, 30, 73-89.

  • A. Singh, R. A. Ikuesan and H. Venter, "Secure Storage Model for Digital Forensic Readiness," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 19469-19480, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3151403.

  • A. Al-Dhaqm et al., "Digital Forensics Subdomains: The State of the Art and Future Directions," in IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 152476-152502, 2021, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3124262.

  • Kebande, V. R., Ikuesan, R. A., Karie, N. M., Alawadi, S., Choo, K. K. R., & Al-Dhaqm, A. (2020). Quantifying the need for supervised machine learning in conducting live forensic analysis of emergent configurations (ECO) in IoT environments. Forensic Science International: Reports, 2, 100122.

  • Al-Dhaqm, A., Abd Razak, S., Dampier, D. A., Choo, K. K. R., Siddique, K., Ikuesan, R. A., ... & Kebande, V. R. (2020). Categorization and organization of database forensic investigation processes. IEEE Access, 8, 112846-112858.

Selected Papers in refereed conference proceedings

  • V. R. Kebande, R. A. Ikuesan, F. M. Awaysheh and S. Alawadi, "Towards a Learning-enabled Virtual Sensor Forensic Architecture Compliant with Edge Intelligence," 2021 Second International Conference on Intelligent Data Science Technologies and Applications (IDSTA), 2021, pp. 154-161, doi: 10.1109/IDSTA53674.2021.9660795.

  • Munkhondya, H., Ikuesan, A., & Venter, H. (2019, February). Digital forensic readiness approach for potential evidence preservation in software-defined networks. In ICCWS 2019 14th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security: ICCWS (Vol. 268).

  • Kebande, V. R., Mudau, P. P., Ikuesan, R. A., Venter, H. S., & Choo, K. K. R. (2020). Holistic digital forensic readiness framework for IoT-enabled organizations. Forensic Science International: Reports, 2, 100117.

  • Lagrasse, M., Singh, A., Munkhondya, H., Ikuesan, A., & Venter, H. (2020, March). Digital forensic readiness framework for software-defined networks using a trigger-based collection mechanism. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ICCWS (pp. 296-305). Norfolk, Virginia: ACPI.

  • Kebande, V. R., & Ikuesan, R. A. (2020, September). Virtual sensor forensics. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent and Innovative Computing Applications (pp. 1-6).

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