Abhishta Abhishta

Assistant Professor of Finance and Cyber Risk Management

University of Twente

About Me

I am an assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems group at University of Twente. My research focuses on empirically measuring the economic/financial impact of cyber attacks. In order to do so I device/adapt data-driven economic impact assessment techniques. I look to help organisations make well-measured investments in security. My doctoral research was funded under NWO project D3 – Distributed Denial-of-Service Defense: protecting schools and other public organizations. You can access a copy of his doctoral thesis here. Other than finding (un)cool methods of finding the “devil” in financial details I am also involved in teaching and guiding students. From time to time I also deliver lectures to executives and collaborate with companies to help them with security decision making. I am also a member of behavioural data science incubator at the faculty of BMS at the university, where I contribute to solving social science problems using data science.


  • Applied Finance
  • Security Economics
  • Network Security
  • Cyber Risk Management


  • PhD in Security Economics, 2019

    University of Twente

  • MBA (Operations and IT), 2015

    Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

  • BE in Industrial Engineering, 2013

    Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

Recent Publications

Why would we get attacked? An analysis of attacker's aims behind DDoS attacks.

Reliable availability to the internet and internet-based services is crucial in today’s world. DDoS attacks pose a severe threat to the …

A Note on Analysing the Attacker Aims Behind DDoS Attacks

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks pose a serious threat to the availability of online resources. In this paper, we analyse …

The Blind Man and The Elephant: Measuring Economic Impacts of DDoS Attacks

Internet has become an important part of our everyday life. We use services like Netflix, Skype, online banking and Scopus etc. daily. …


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