The Global College of Engineering and Technology (GCET) has a key role in the Cybersecurity research and education in the Sultanate of Oman. GCET Cyber is a team of academics at GCET aspiring to work for Cybersecurity. The group is actively engaged in various areas related to Cybersecurity, Cyber Physical Systems, Data Science and Cybersecurity, Wire/Wireless Security, Mobile and Embedded Devices, High Performance Computers security, Cloud and Grid Computing Security and Digital Forensics. GCET Cyber is active in teaching, research, industrial engagement, and outreach. Key members of the group are involved in the delivery of BSc (Hons) Computer Security and Forensics which is a unique programme in the Sultanate of Oman. Recently, the group has broadened its landscape and started research on the challenges in the Cybersecurity education in the MENA region with a deeper focus on offering Cyber education using blended/distance learning.

Research Focus

  • Computer and Network Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Challenges in teaching Cybersecurity
  • Deception Technologies.
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Communication Protocols
  • Networks Communication and Optimization
  • IPv6 Security
  • IoT6 security


       As collaboration is the key factor in research, GCET Cyber is active in extending its network to collaborate with both academia and industry. GCET Cyber is in active research collaboration with Network and Communication Technology Laboratory (NCT), Cybersecurity Center, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, The National University of Malaysia. Several researches in IPv6 security, IoT security, Blockchain, cloud data security, and AODV security conducted between NCT and GCET cyber. Within the industry, GCET Cyber is in  partnership with EC-Council, one of the world’s leading body in Cybersecurity. One of the aim of this industrial collaboration is to have GCET Cyber Taskforce as advisory and consultancy body for the government and private sectors in the Cybersecurity related areas.

Selected Publications

  • Aman, Azana Hafizah Mohd, Zainalabideen Ali Rahemm Al-Mayyah, Rosilah Hassan, Aisha Hassan Abdalla Hashim, Amjed Sid Ahmed Mohamed Sid, and Ahmed Mahdi Jubair. “Framework Design for Secured Local Cloud Data Query Processing Analysis.” In 2019 International Conference on Cybersecurity (ICoCSec), pp. 64-69. IEEE, 2019.
  • Elliott, Geoffrey, and Mazhar Hussain Malik. “Roadmap to overcoming the Challenges of Cyber Security and Forensics Education in the age of distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic.” In Journal of The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 5-5. 2022.
  • Ahmed, A. S., R. Hassan, N. E. Othman, N. I. Ahmad, and Y. Kenish. “Impacts evaluation of DoS attacks over ipv6 neighbor discovery protocol.”  Comput. Sci15, no. 5 (2019): 702-727.
  • El-Taj, Homam Reda, and Ruqaiya Alhadhrami. “CryptoQR System based on RSA.” International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security (IJCSIS)18, no. 6 (2020).
  • Talukdar, Md Ibrahim, Rosilah Hassan, Md Sharif Hossen, Khaleel Ahmad, Faizan Qamar, and Amjed Sid Ahmed. “Performance improvements of AODV by black hole attack detection using IDS and digital signature.” Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing2021 (2021): 1-13.
  • Ahmed, Amjed Sid, Rosilah Hassan, Faizan Qamar, and Mazhar Malik. “IPv6 cryptographically generated address: Analysis, optimization and protection.” CMC-COMPUTERS MATERIALS & CONTINUA68, no. 1 (2021): 247-265.
  • Hassan, Rosilah, Faizan Qamar, Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, Azana Hafizah Mohd Aman, and Amjed Sid Ahmed. “Internet of Things and its applications: A comprehensive survey.” Symmetry12, no. 10 (2020): 1674.
  • Jeong, Heon, Sang-Woong Lee, Mazhar Hussain Malik, Efat Yousefpoor, Mohammad Sadegh Yousefpoor, Omed Hassan Ahmed, Mehdi Hosseinzadeh, and Amir Mosavi. “SecAODV: A secure healthcare routing scheme based on hybrid cryptography in wireless body sensor networks.” Frontiers in Medicine(2022): 1224.
  • Rahmani, Amir Masoud, Rizwan Ali Naqvi, Mazhar Hussain Malik, Tauqeer Safdar Malik, Mahyar Sadrishojaei, Mehdi Hosseinzadeh, and Ali Al-Musawi. “E-learning development based on internet of things and blockchain technology during COVID-19 pandemic.” Mathematics9, no. 24 (2021): 3151.
  • Rahmani, Amir Masoud, Saqib Ali, Mazhar Hussain Malik, Efat Yousefpoor, Mohammad Sadegh Yousefpoor, Amir Mousavi, Faheem Khan, and Mehdi Hosseinzadeh. “An energy-aware and Q-learning-based area coverage for oil pipeline monitoring systems using sensors and Internet of Things.” Scientific Reports 12, no. 1 (2022): 9638.

Talks and Panels Participation

Name Role Event Place Date Title
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed Panelist Dell Virtual Boardroom Online 23rd June 2021 Education and Research Impact in Developing Nations
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed Panel Moderator The 23rd Gulf Engineering Forum


Al Bustan Palace Hotel, Muscat Oman. 22nd March 2022 Cyber Security, Oil, And Electricity
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed  Speaker The 23rd Gulf Engineering Forum


Al Bustan Palace Hotel, Muscat Oman. 22nd March 2022 Cyber Attacks: Challenges, Mitigation and Countermeasures
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed Panelist COMEX AI Oman 2022 – 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat Oman. 25th May 2022 AI in Information Security
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed Speaker EC-Council  Online 30th September 2021 How To Build A Career in Cybersecurity
Dr. Amjed Sid Ahmed Panel Session 3rd International Cyber Resilence Conference UTM, Malaysia 29-31 January 2021 Post Graduate session