Aunshul Rege


Research Website: CARE

SaTC EDU grant [Feb 2021 – Jan 2024]
Title: "SaTC: EDU: Educating STEM Students and Teachers about the Relevance of Social Engineering in Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity.
Role: PI

NSF CAREER grant [Sep 2015-Aug 2020]
Title:"CAREER: Applying a Criminological Framework to Understand Adaptive Adversarial Decision-Making Processes in Critical Infrastructure Cyberattacks"
Role: PI

NSF EAGER grant [Sep 2017-Aug 2019]
Title:"EAGER: Collaborative: A Criminology-Based Simulation of Dynamic Adversarial Behavior in Cyberattacks"
Role: PI

NSF CPS grant [Jan 2015-Dec 2017]
Title: "CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Towards Secure Networked Cyber-Physical Systems: A Game-Theoretic Framework with Bounded Rationality"
Role: Co-PI


Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

I am an Associate Professor with the Criminal Justice Department at Temple University. I received my PhD from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in May 2012. My research focuses on proactive cybersecurity, focusing on adversarial behavior, decision-making, movement, adaptation to disruption, and group dynamics. More recently, I have become interested in the area of social engineering, as well as experiential learning and cybersecurity education. The hands-on social engineering projects I developed for my students have been mapped on to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) and you can request free downloads at my research website Cybersecurity in Action, Research and Education (CARE).

Recent Publications
[ (*) = undergraduate student co-author; (+) = graduate student co-author ]

Rege, A.& Bleiman, R. (+) (forthcoming). Collegiate Social Engineering Capture the Flag Competition. Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE eCrime Researchers Summit. Winner of Best Student Paper Award.

Bleiman, R. (+), Ducoste, M.(+) & Rege, A. (2021). “Understanding cybercriminals through analysis of penetration testing group dynamics”. Proceedings from the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Ducoste, M. (+), Bleiman, R. (+), Nguyen, T (+). & Rege, A. (2021). “An Examination of Industry Standards of Success within Penetration Testing Groups”. Proceedings from the 10th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

Williams, K. (+), Ducoste, M. (+) & Rege, A. (2020). “Educating multidisciplinary undergraduates on security and privacy”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Rege, A. & Bleiman, R. (*). (2020). “Ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure”. Proceedings from the 19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

Mendlein, A. (+), Nguyen, T. (+) & Rege, A. (2020). “Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Through a Multidisciplinary OSINT Course Project”. Proceedings from the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Rege, A., Nguyen, T. (+), & Bleiman, R. (*). (2020). "A social engineering awareness and training workshop for STEM students and practitioners". Proceedings from the 10th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

Rege, A., Yang, S., Mendlein, A. (+), Williams, K. (+), Su, S (+) & Moskal, S. (+). (2020). "Dissecting Cyberadversarial Intrusion Stages via Interdisciplinary Observations". Proceedings from the 6th ACM International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics 2020.

Bleiman, R. (*) & Rege, A. (2020). “The susceptibility of humans in disclosing sensitive information”. Proceedings from the 15th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

For a complete list of publications, please click here.

Buster (my companion) and I are Associate Members of Therapy Dog International. We get to visit nursing homes, hospitals, universities, and other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. I am also an active blood donor with the American Red Cross. They have frequent blood drives on Temple campus.

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