The University of Southampton

Fara Yahya

Postgraduate research student

Born in west coast Sabah, Malaysia and raised in Southern Illinois, United States has given Fara abundant exposure since she was young. Through her love of technology and its potential to inspire change, Fara has worked vividly in information technology industry for more than ten years. Fara received the Malaysia Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship while undergoing her undergraduate degree. In 2006, she was awarded First Class Honours in BSc. Information System Engineering by Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Her final year project involved developing a Location Viewer for Residential Property System (ReProS) using Spatial Database.

Fara’s information technology experience includes two years as an application and system engineer at oil and gas and multinational companies. Some of her work involves building applications for HMI terminals. Her most recent experience was serving the Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia) for eight years holding the role as a System Administrator and also supported the Database Administrator role in the Data Centre Unit. There her focus on strategic planning for key areas of operational, governance & policy, security and service management. She was awarded Excellent Service Award for year 2009. While there, she earned her MSc with focus on data model for bioinformatics as a part time student in 2011. Her dissertation title is "A Graph Data Model for Human Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes to organise pharmacogenomics knowledge".

Currently Fara is pursuing her lifelong dream to become an independent researcher. She is now a PhD candidate at University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Visit Fara at her linkedin page.


Research interests

I am interested in the area of computer security specifically in the domain of cloud computing. Currently, my research focus on empirical evaluation of security for cloud storage. The evaluation involves security primitives such as authentication, authorisation, securing data at rest/transfer, key distribution/revocation in storages.

Throughout the year, I have also worked with other researchers on threat modeling, security risk management, virtualization and cloud adoption in higher education institutions.



MSc. Information Technology, BSc. (Hons) Information System Engineering 

Professional activities

Session chair in conference
  • 2017 CLOSER (Services Science, Service Modelling and Analytics)
Reviewer for:
  • 2015 IEEE CloudCom (Enterprise Security)

Member of: 

  • IEEE Member (Computer Society)
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • ITILv2 Foundation
  • Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified System Engineer  
  • Certified Linux Administrator (CLA01)
  • Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator 

Conferences attended


  • Cyber Science Conference (Cyber Security) 2016, London, UK - Presenter (Paper)
  • World Congress on Internet Security (WorldCIS-2015), Dublin, Ireland - Presenter (Paper)
  • IEEE Technically Sponsored SAI Computing Conference 2015, London, UK - Presenter (Paper)
  • Science@Malaysia Conference 2014, Oxford, UK - Presenter (Poster)


  • Workshop on European Cybersecurity sponsored by the French Ministry of Defence Strategic Research Institute (IRSEM) & Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (MJMCE), Manchester, UK - Presenter (Paper)
  • Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture in conjunction with the 47th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-47), Cambridge, UK - Presenter (Poster)

Summer school:

  • International Summer School on Information Security (InfoSec), Bilbao, Spain (Participant)


Working as:

  • COMP1204 Data Management Demonstrator (2017)
  • Researcher at IT Innovation (OPERANDO project) (2016)
  • COMP3201 Cybersecurity Demonstrator (2015-2016)
  • FPSE Invigilator (2015-2106)
  • ESS Student Representative at FPSE Graduate School Committee Meeting (2015-2016) 
  • ESS Open Day Organiser (2015) 
  • Postgraduate Ambassador (2015-present)


Yahya, Fara, Walters, Robert J. and Wills, Gary B. (2017) Using Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) approach to assess security in cloud storage In, Chang, Victor, Ramachandran, M., Walters, R. and Wills, Gary (eds.) Enterprise Security. Springer pp. 223-240. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10131). (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-54380-2_10).

Yahya, Fara, Walters, Robert J and Wills, Gary B (2017) Clustering goal-driven security factors for protecting data in cloud storage using Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA): an empirical study In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science. vol. 1 - CLOSER, INSTICC. 482 pp, p. 475. (doi:10.5220/0006302304750482).


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