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Mr David Cook


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5104, Mobile: 0448 701 705, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.334
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5104
Mobile: 0448 701 705
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 2599
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.334  


David is a Lecturer in the School of Science and a member of the ECU Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Systems Resilience
  • Physical Security
  • Aviation Security


David has extensive business and academic experience within South-east Asia, especially in Indonesia. He previously held the position of Manager in the secau Security Research Centre and has held a number of directorships and board appointments. David has won numerous academic awards including:

  • Dean’s Award for Excellence
  • The WA Police Award for the Best Counter Terrorism paper, 2010 SECAU Security Congress
  • Australian Computer Society “Education Across the Nation” Guest Keynote Lecturer for 2010

Professional Associations

  • ACS – MACS
  • AISA
  • ASIS

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009 - Dean’s Award for Excellence 


  • 2010 - The WA Police Award for the Best Counter Terrorism paper, 2010 secau Security Congress
  • 2010 - Australian Computer Society “Education Across the Nation” Guest Keynote Lecturer

Research Areas and Interests

  • Counter Terrorism
  • Anti Terrorism
  • Money Laundering
  • Information Security
  • Radicalisation and Governance in Indonesia


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Murdoch University.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, Murdoch University.
  • Master of Business Administration, Murdoch University, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours in Asian Studies, Murdoch University, 2009.
  • Bachelor of Asian Studies, Murdoch University, 2008.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Cook, D., Waugh, B., Abdipanah, M., Hashemi, O., Abdul Rahman, S., (2014), Twitter Deception and Influence: Issues of Identity, Slacktivism, and Puppetry. Journal of Information Warfare, 13(1), 58 - 71, Mindsystems 243 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121 AU, Mindsystems.

Conference Publications

  • Coldham, G., Cook, D., (2017), VR Useability from Elderly Cohorts: Preparatory challenges in overcoming technology rejection. Proceedings of the 35th National Information Technology Conference (NITC), 131-135, Colombo, Sri Lanka, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/NITC.2017.8285645.
  • Cook, D., Apoorv Kumar, ., Satiah, C., (2015), Loyalty cards and the problem of CAPTCHA: 2nd Tier security and usability issues for senior citizens. The Proceedings of 13th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 101 - 111, Perth, WA, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • Cook, D., (2015), Birds of a feather deceive together: The chicanery of multiplied metadata. Journal of Information Warfare, 13(3-4 July 2014), 85-96, Richmond, Victoria, Mindsystems Pty. Ltd..
  • Cook, D., (2014), Identity Multipliers and the Mistaken Twittering of Birds of a Feather. Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, 42 - 48, Reading, UK, Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.
  • Blanquart, G., Cook, D., (2013), Twitter Influence and Cumulative Perceptions of Extremist Support: A Case Study of Geert Wilders. The Proceedings of the 4th Australian Counter Terrorism Conference, 1 - 11, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Waugh, B., Abdipanah, M., Hashemi, O., Abdul Rahman, S., Cook, D., (2013), The influence and deception of Twitter: the authenticity of the narrative and slacktivism in the Australian electoral process. The Proceedings of 14th Australian Information Warfare Conference, 28 - 38, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
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