Associate Professor
Facilities Manager
Strategy Management Office
Advanced Informatics School
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
54100 Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra
Kuala Lumpur
Phone (O): (+603) 2180 5211
Phone (R): (+603) 2203 1397
Fax (O): (+603) 2180 5370

Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin, PhD

CTFL, CPRE, CEH, ECSA, ISMS Implementer and Auditor


Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Advanced Informatics School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

He received the BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in  1997 and 2000 respectively. In 2010, he completed his PhD degree in Software Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia.

He has been working with the Advanced Informatics School (formerly known as Centre for Advanced Software Engineering) since 2001. He teaches several postgraduate courses including software process and quality, requirements, design, testing, and secure software development. He also supervise master and PhD student research. His research interests include software engineering process and quality, software measurement, and bridging between software engineering and information security. His current research (as a principle investigator) are on Enhancing Collaborative Filtering for Recommender Systems by Considering Implicit Feedback and Data Mining Techniques, Coordination in Global Software Development (GSD), and Big Data project on Integrated Cyber Evidence (ICE) for Digital Forensics.

From the 1st June 2014 until 31st July 2015 he is on Industrial Attachment at Nexagate Sdn Bhd, a Network Security Consulting Services company. During this period of time, he involved with Information Security Management System (ISMS) establishment, operation, and maintenance projects based on recommended practices from ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard. A series of Information Security Awareness Talk, Gap Analysis, and Information Security Risk Assessment have been conducted with numbers of public and private institutions such as Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), The Registry of Societies Malaysia (ROS), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), ISM Insurance, Commerce Dot Com (CDC), and Fujitsu GDC Malaysia.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society (91230223), ACM Professional (6691066), and Malaysian Software Engineering Interest Group (MySEIG).

He likes to play golf and currently he is a member at Danau Golf ClubUniversiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Leadership Style

  • Ambassador 84%
  • Advocate 76%
  • People Mover 80%
  • Truth-Seeker 92%
  • Creative Builder 92%
  • Experienced Guide 92%

Conflict Handling Style

  • Competing (Forcing) 33.3%
  • Cooperating (Problem Solving) 66.7%
  • Compromising (Sharing) 66.7%
  • Avoiding (Withdrawal) 50%
  • Accommodating (Smoothing) 33.3%

TKI score: Middle 50% (moderate in both assertiveness and cooperativeness)


Journals (SCOPUS/ISI)

Journals (Others)


Book Chapters

Income Generation

Five grants as a Principle Investigator and another five as a Collaborator were obtained since the first project in 2011. Three grants were completed and another seven still active.

Nine grants were funded by UTM Research University Grant (RUG), One by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), and another one from the Industry.

Research Grant (RM)

Consultation (RM)

Actively involved in two information security projects which are an Integrated Cyber Evidence (ICE) project and Establishing Information Security Management System (ISMS) based on ISO/IEC 27001:2013


Dr. Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin is one of the best supervisors I have ever had. He really gave vigilant contemplation to my ideas and was able to strike the steadiness between stimulating me and encouraging me. He was really involved with what I had written each time and directed me to areas of the discussion that I hadn’t previously thought of. He was at no time too quick in criticism and had never left me feeling like I had little to stand on. Throughout my doctorate journey, he provided me thorough guidance and encouragement. He was a wonderful supervisor in all elements such as: listening, availability, mission-focus/priority-setting, transparency, delegation, and realism. I’m really grateful to him.

Dr Huma Hayat Khan

Assistant Professor, Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Pakistan

I am proud to say that I obtained my PhD degree under the guidance of Dr Naz’ri. I have benefitted in many ways from having Dr Naz’ri as my supervisor. Dr Naz’ri has excellent communication skills. In addition, he is extremely reliable and very systematic in managing research. Dr Naz’ri is able to follow research area of their PhD students to ensure that the research gets done. Dr Naz’ri always encouraged us to explore new fields in order to get a broader perspective and bring together new methods and ideas in solving interesting problems. I feel that this freedom and creativity to think out side the box have better us as researcher and helped preparing us to best position in our future. Dr Naz’ri is very approachable whenever we needed his help. I look forward to interacting with him and for his advice in the future. I gained a lot of experience by working with him. I sincerely appreciate all the guidance and opportunities provided by Dr.Naz’ri.

Dr Maryam Khanian


Dr Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin is an enthusiastic and experienced supervisor who can demonstrate substantial supervisory experience within the helping hand; this what I can summarize about my supervisor in one sentence. Dr Naz’ri possess extensive experience in working as supervisor in UTM especially in supervising his students. He consistently aims to provide high quality of learning experiences for his students, taking pride in his record of achievement and successful outcome for students, through his access to a range of teaching and learning methods. He also possess numerous personal qualities such as compassion, leadership, maturity, emotional stability, excellent communication, good self-management skills, sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships are desirable with the capacity for self-awareness and concern for others. His contribution to course delivery, development and student support in completing their task are excellent. I am proud to be under his supervision.

Anusuyah Subbarao

PhD Student, UTM AIS

I’m currently pursuing my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mohd Naz’ri Mahrin. My research area is Secure Software Development. Dr. Naz’ri  was chosen to be my supervisor as his interest and area of expertise is well related to my research. Based on my experience, I find him very knowledgeable as he always keeps himself updated with the latest development in my research area. He is very straightforward and always motivates me when I’m feeling lost in my research. He is strict but never fails to give his support and guidance to his students all the time.  

Sri Lakshmi Kanniah

PhD Student, UTM AIS