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Dr Patryk Szewczyk


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6979, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO18.338
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6979
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.338  


Dr Patryk Szewczyk is a cyber security and digital forensics lecturer within the School of Science. He is the course coordinator for the Graduate Certificate/Diploma of Cyber Security, Master of Cyber Security and Master of Digital Forensics, and a researcher in the Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • Computer Security
  • Introductory Computer Forensics
  • Computer Forensics
  • Forensic Investigation and Evidence Presentation

Professional Associations

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Information Security Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011 WAITTA Winner - Service Delivery & Training
  • 2010 WAITTA Finalist - Security


  • 2015 Best Paper Award - Australian Information Security Management Conference
  • 2009 Best Paper Award - Australian Digital Forensics Conference

Research Areas and Interests

  • ADSL router forensics, embedded system forensic, consumer electronic forensics
  • End-user security awareness, security education, security perceptions, usability of security products


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) First Class Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Edith Cowan University, 2005.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Baig, Z., Szewczyk, P., Valli, C., Rabadia, P., Hannay, P., Chernyshev, M., Johnstone, M., Kerai, P., Ibrahim, A., Sansurooah, K., Syed, N., Peacock, M., (2017), Future Challenges for Smart Cities: Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics. Digital Investigation, 22(1), 3-13, DOI:
  • Szewczyk, P., (2012), An Australian Perspective on the Challenges for Computer and Network Security for Novice End-Users. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 7(4), 51-72, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota, USA, Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

Conference Publications

  • Sansurooah, K., Szewczyk, P., Blackman, D., (2016), Unauthorised Wireless Network Access Attempts in Western Australia. 2016 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence Proceedings, 999-1004, Los Alamitos, USA, IEEE Computer Society.
  • James, M., Szewczyk, P., (2016), Survey on remnant data research: The artefacts recovered and the implications in a cyber security conscious world. Proceedings of the 14th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, 58-65, Joondalup, Western Australia, Edith Cowan University.
  • Blackman, D., Szewczyk, P., (2015), The challenges of seizing and searching the contents of wi-fi devices for the modern investigator. Proceedings of the 13th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, 37-48, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • Hampton, N., Szewczyk, P., (2015), A survey and method for analysing SoHo router firmware currency. Proceedings of the 13th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 11-27, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University.
  • El-Abed, J., Szewczyk, P., (2014), Persistent issues in encryption software: A heuristic and cognitive walkthrough. Proceedings of the 12th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 64-74, Perth, W.A., Edith Cowan University.
  • Szewczyk, P., Robins, N., Sansurooah, K., (2013), Sellers continue to give away confidential information on second hand memory cards sold in Australia. The Proceedings of 11th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, 135-140, Joondalup, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Szewczyk, P., (2013), Usability and security support offered through ADSL router user manuals. The Proceedings of 11th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 93-101, Joondalup, WA, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Szewczyk, P., Sansurooah, K., (2012), The 2012 Investigation into Remnant Data on Second Hand Memory Cards Sold in Australia. The Proceedings of the 10th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, 41-46, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Sansurooah, K., Szewczyk, P., (2012), A study of remnant data found on USB storage devices offered for sale on the Australian second hand market in 2011. Proceedings of the 10th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 83-91, Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
  • Szewczyk, P., (2012), A Survey of Computer and Network Security Support from Computer Retailers to Consumers in Australia. The Proceedings of the 10th Australian Information Security Management Conference, 111-117, Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia, Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.
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