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. Today's presentation is here.


  • 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

Ransomware: How attacker's effort, victim characteristics and context influence ransom requested, payment and financial loss

In recent years, ransomware attacks have led to disastrous consequences for victims, not just due to the payment ransom amount but also …

COORDINATE: A model to analyse the benefits and costs of coordinating cybercrime

Recent leaks (such as Conti) have provided greater insights on the working of cybercriminal organisations. Just like any other …

Industry 4.0 and healthcare: Context, applications, benefits and challenges

Industry 4.0 refers to the digital transformation in the manufacturing domain through new technology. Currently, it expands well beyond …


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