Dr Faruk Kazi

Professor & Dean of Research & Development at VJTI, Mumbai

Dr Faruk Kazi received his Ph.D. degree from IIT Bombay in 2009. He is currently working as Professor & Dean of Research & Development at VJTI, Mumbai. He is a senior member of IEEE and is a recipient of AICTE-VISVESVARAYA Best Teacher National Award-2020. He is listed on “Schneider Electric Wall of Thanks-2021” for helping in securing Schneider Electric products.

He has extensively worked in the areas of digital architecture and cyber security of critical energy infrastructure. He has contributed in developing resilience framework for smart grid and other smart city verticals. ICS-CERT & OEMs have released around 30 CVEs and worldwide advisories based on vulnerabilities identified by his research team. He has published more than 100 research papers in IEEE Journals & Conferences in the domain of smart grid, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructure.

He is working as Chair of WG-3 (Digital Architecture and Cyber Security) of India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF). He was involved in expert team investigating Mumbai Grid failure incident of 12 October 2020.

He has worked as visiting research scholar at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Switzerland, MIT USA, and Tufts University, USA.

He has developed a research test-bed for the cyber security of critical energy infrastructure with in-kind support from industries like Siemens, Emerson, L &T (Electrical & Automation), Schneider Electric L & T Infotech, Claroty, and CISCO.