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Dr 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 within the School of Science, a member of the ECU Security Research Institute, a member of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE), and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Current Teaching

David had taught across a range of computer and security science areas including Information Warfare, Terrorism, Counter Terrorism, Systems Resilience, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Aviation Security, Communicating in an IT Environment, Radicalisation and Political Extremism.  David supervises a wide range of student projects and research topics. Through his engagement with the ACS he has negotiated with industry and government to secure student placements and workplace opportunities for final year undergraduate and post-graduate students.

  • IT Professionalism and Practice
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Project Preparation
  • Applied IT Project
  • Project Methods and Professionalism
  • Special Topic


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

Professional Associations

  • Australian Computer Society ACS - Certified Professional
  • Australian Information Security Association AISA
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009 - Dean’s Award for Excellence
  • 2013 - Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement


  • 2007 - The Berndt Memorial Prize in Anthropology
  • 2008 - The State Anthropology Prize – Anthropological Society of WA
  • 2010 - The WA Police Award for the Best Counter Terrorism paper, 1st Australian Counter Terrorism Conference
  • 2010 - The Australian Computer Society “Education Across the Nation” Australia-Wide Touring Keynote Lecturer
  • 2012 - 2016 Chairman of the Australian Computer Society WA
  • 2012 - WAITTA Winner of the Service and Training Award for Services to the Elderly – The Seniors Identity Training Program.
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Australian Computer Society

Research Areas and Interests

David’s principal research interests surround the broad field of security through Governance. He specialises in Gerontechnology,  the advancement of Human Computer Interaction, and the proliferation of Cyber Crime. His research activities include Counter Terrorism, Money-Laundering, Senior Citizen Security, Social Media, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Financial Elder Abuse, Social Network Analysis, Online Radicalisation, Political Extremism and Technology Ethics.

  • New Modes of Governance
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Financial Elder Abuse
  • Gerontechnology
  • Human Computer Interaction, HCI
  • Virtual Reality Acceptance
  • Digital Legacies
  • Haptics
  • Technology Ethics
  • Money Laundering
  • Information Security


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, Murdoch University.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Murdoch University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2018.
  • 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

  • Beti, R., Al-Khatib, FM., Cook, D., (2019), The Efficacy of Using Virtual Reality for Job Interviews and Its Effects on Mitigating Discrimination. Recent Advances in Information and Communication Technology 2018: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (IC2IT 2018), pp 43-54, Cham, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93692-5.
  • Dissanayake, D., Cook, D., (2018), The Changing Values of Digital Legacies: E-books and the challenges of data mobility and the perceived value of books. Emerging Trends in Librarianship: Role of Libraries in Learning environment, 273-278, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli , Learning Resource Centre.
  • Sannd, P., Cook, D., (2018), Older Adults and the Authenticity of Emails: Grammar, Syntax, and Compositional Indicators of Social Engineering in Ransomware and Phishing Attacks. Proceedings of the Fourteenth international Conference on Information Processing (ICInPro) 2018, 196-200, Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923., IEEE eXpress Conference Publishing.
  • Kaur, K., Cook, D., (2018), Haptic Alternatives for Mobile Device Authentication by Older Technology Users. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (IC2IT 2018), 243-254, Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing AG, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93692-5.
  • Dissanayake, D., Cook, D., (2018), A Low-Cost Framework for the Digital Preservation of Indigenous Artwork and Languages: An Australian Case Study Review. Proceeedings of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Education and Library & Information Science, LibSym 2018, pp 36 - 45, Batticaloa, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, Thurkka Press.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

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