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Ahmad Ghafarian, Ph.D

Title: Professor - Computer Science
Phone: 706-864-1498

Office: Barnes Hall, 123, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Information Security, Computer Forensics


Dr. Ahmad Ghafarian serves as professor of computer science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia and has served UNG's students for more than 20 years. Dr. Ghafarian believes in fostering a positive teacher-student relationship by caring for the students’ well-being and understanding their difficulties in acquiring knowledge. A good teacher should be committed to bringing out the best in every student with their passion for teaching and love for the students.

Courses Taught

Graduate Cybersecurity Courses

Foundation of Information Security
Cryptography & Data Protection
Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
Risk Management
Advanced Network Security
Advanced Software Security
Cloud Computing Security
Information Security Capstone

Graduate Computer Science Courses

Operating Systems
Compiler Construction
Software Engineering
Analysis of Algorithms
Theory of Computation
Programming Languages
Numerical Analysis
Software Security

Undergrad Cybersecurity courses

Information Security Architecture
Computer Security
Cybersecurity & Cyberterrorism
Computer Forensics
Information Security
Cybersecurity Capstone
Network Security

Undergrad Computer Science Courses

Object-Oriented Programming
C++, Java & Python Programming
Data Structure
Computer Organization
Computer Ethics
Computer Science Capstone
Operating Systems


  • Ph.D, Computer Science, University of Glasgow, UK, 1982
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Glasgow, UK, 1974
  • B.S., Mathematics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, 1970
  • Postdoctoral Studies, Information Security, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), 2007
  • Graduate Certificate, Information Security, Purdue University, Indiana, 2003

Research/Special Interests

  • Computer Forensics
  • Malware detection and analysis
  • Cloud computing security
  • Security/privacy of online social media networking
  • SQL injection attack


Ghafarian, A., Ash Mady and kyung Park. “An Empirical Analysis of Email Forensics Tools”. International Journal of Network Security & Its Application (IJNSA). Vol 12, No. 3, pp. 39-57, May 2020. ISSN: 0974 – 9330 [online]: 0975 – 2307 [print].

Ghafarian, A, Ash Mady and Charlie Wood. “An empirical Study of Skype Data Retrieval from Main Memory”. International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 –8887). Vol 178, No. 29, pp. 4-12, July 18, 2019. DOI: 10.5120/ijca2019919115

Ghafarian, A and Maria Dehghani, “An Empirical Study of Security of VoIP System”. International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 – 8887). Vol 181-No 10, pages 6-11, August 2018.

Cannols, B. and Ghafarian, A. (2017). Hacking Experiment Using USB Rubber Ducky Scripting. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 15(2), 66-71.

Ghafarian, A., and Hosseini Seno, S.A. (2016). Forensics Evaluation of Privacy of Portable Web Browsers. International Journal of Computer Applications, 132(16), 27-34.

Ghafarian, A., Hosseini Seno, S. A. (2015). Analysis of Privacy of Private Browsing Mode through Memory Forensics. International Journal of Computer Application, 132(16), 27-34.

Work Experience

Tenured Professor of Computer Science & Cybersecurity
University of North Georgia

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Tuskegee University
1994 - 1996

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, College of Engineering
1992 - 1994

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Marycrest International University
1990 - 1992

Visiting Scholar
University of Chicago, Aragon National Lab
1989 - 1990

Assistant Professor
Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Department of Math and Computer Science
1982 - 1989

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