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I'm Dr. Ikjot Saini
Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher
Assistant Professor

My area of expertise is Automotive Cyber Security and Privacy

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Automotive Security
Automotive Privacy
Connected/Autonomous Vehicles
Smart Cities
42.319862 -83.036186 Based In Ontario Canada
//My Expertise

Automotive Security Solutions
to solve the real
world problems


The Security Credential Management System (SCMS) is a proof-of-concept (POC) message security solution for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.


DSRC provides a highly secure communication channel. The receiving vehicle validates the authenticity of the received messages and the messages aren’t linkable to the vehicle, protecting the privacy.


Threat modeling is an effective technique to identify threats and mitigations during security analysis of automotive systems. I demonstrated that threat modeling, using existing tools, can be a useful and efficient analysis method for automotive security in different phases in the automotive development lifecycle.

V2X Privacy

Privacy in Connected Vehicle Ecosystem is an open challenge and for the public acceptance of this emerging technology, privacy issues are the roadblocks. The data in V2X communication has privacy threats which are complex due to multitude of the factors.

My Portfolio

These facts speak for themselves

Research Publications
Happy Students
Yrs of V2X EXPC
Speaker Sessions
My Resume//

My Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor - University Of Windsor

July 2020 - Present
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School of Computer Science

  • Teach university subjects to Masters of Applied Computing students
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to students and conduct laboratory sessions or discussion groups
  • Prepare, administer and grade examinations, laboratory assignments and reports
  • Advise students on course and academic matters and career decisions
  • Serve on faculty committees and perform administrative duties
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Independent Security Consultant

May - September 2020
02. -


  • Worked on a project with Escrypt Canada on V2X-SCMS project for Transport Canada
  • Validate and provide input on stakeholder and component/ system interaction for a pilot and production operational model for a Canadian SCMS
  • Facilitate discussion for a stakeholder group at Transport Canada SCMS workshop includes summarizing comments and provide feedback for workshop report
  • Identify aspects of operational models that will require guidance in a Canadian certificate and security policy
  • Validate and provide input into a governance model into a public/ private partnership for an SCMS system in Canada
  • Identify and provide guidance on technical option for an SCMS deployment in Canada
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Doctor of Philosophy

Sept 2016 - June 2020
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University of Windsor - School of Computer Science

Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) is envisioned as an integral part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems as it promises various services and benefits such as road safety, traffic efficiency, navigation and infotainment services. In this research, we propose a framework to assess the effectiveness of PCSs in VANET with a systematic approach. This comprehensive equitable framework consists of a variety of building blocks which are segmented into correlated sub-domains named Mobility Models, Adversary Models, and Privacy Metrics. Our research introduces a standard methodology to evaluate and compare VANET PCSs using a generic simulation setup to obtain optimal, realistic and most importantly, consistent results. This road map for the simulation setup aims to help the research & development community to develop, assess and compare the PCS with standard set of parameters for proper analysis and reporting of new PCSs. The assessment of PCS should not only be equitable but also realistic and feasible. Therefore, the sub-domains of the framework need coherent as well as practically applicable characteristics.

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PGD - Information Security Management

Sept 2015 - April 2016
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Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

This program provided me with a holistic approach to information systems security as it applies to business. It provided a broad understanding of security concepts and held me to concentrate on industry best practices for information security. I gained the knowledge required to manage both the strategic and operational aspects of information security.  The program addressed the following questions:

  • What business assets need protection?
  • What are the vulnerabilities and threats to the business and the assets?
  • What safeguards need to be implemented to protect the business?
  • Did the protection measures or safeguards work?

I developed the skills to identify vulnerabilities to business and implement effective safeguards to minimize risks to acceptable levels.  I learned detailed practical aspects of security such as risk analysis, vulnerability testing, writing security policies, implementing access controls, and performing security audits.

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My Security and Privacy


Privacy Skills

01. -

Requirement Analysis

Data Protection

Impact Assessment

Assessment Framework

Risk Mitigation

Security Skills

02. -
Network Security
Risk Management | Vulnerability Assessement
Theat Modeling
Security Engeneering

V2X Skills

03. -

Adversary Modeling

Location Privacy

Simulation Testing

Trust Management


Organizations I am working with


Companies, Institutes, and Non-profits I am engaged with

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