Elena Sitnikova

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Elena Sitnikova is Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Networking, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University. A Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, Elena leads cutting-edge research in Critical Infrastructure protection, focusing on intrusion detection for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things. With cyber-attacks increasing globally, she is exploring system antifragility and using artificial intelligence to analyse abnormal data that may affect critical cyber-physical systems.

Elena has successfully led research grants with a research income of over AU$1.5 million, has many cited publications and supervised six successful PhD completions.

She is an Associate Editor with the Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering and serves cyber discipline as Chair/Editor of conferences/journals . E.g. International Cyber Warfare, US-based Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. Elena is Invited Keynote Speaker for many industry and government forums.

Elena is also an innovative university educator in cybersecurity, pioneering online student engagement and research-led teaching. She is a recognised expert in excellence in higher education, holding a UK-based Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and have received an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching Citation award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Elena is the elected national Academic Lead of the Australian Affiliate of the international network Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS).


Ph.D.,Computer Technology, Specialisation: Communication Control Systems, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia, by USSR Academy of Science. Thesis: Mathematical Modelling of Space Communication Systems.

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours, majoring in Information Control Systems, Georgian Technical University (formerly known as Polytechnic Institute), Tbilisi, Georgia.

Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, Florida, USA.

Honours, awards and grants

Elena has been awarded nationally and internationally through numerous fellowships and awards, including her recent Women in AI Cybersecurity award and Defence-related fellowships as a recognition of her contribution to Australia’s ongoing defence.

She is also an innovative university educator in cybersecurity, pioneering online student engagement and research-led teaching.

Topic coordinator
COMP7701 Advanced Enterprise Cybersecurity
Topic lecturer
COMP7701 Advance Enterprise Cybersecurity