• 106 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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Personal profile


Stephen's current research interests are in cyber security, digital forensics, cyber threat intelligence and information warfare.   His research draws on a diverse background in policing, security and information technology.  His PhD thesis examined the impact of Eastern European cybercrime groups on Australian banks.  Stephen over the last 20 years has held a number of senior positions in information security with IBM, CSC, RSA, National Australia Bank (nabCERT) and SecureWorks.  In 2009 nabCERT, the team Stephen setup and led, won AusCERT's Annual Award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security.  Stephen prior to working in industry spent 14 years in the NSW Police as a Detective and was instrumental in the establishment of their first computer crime investigation team. Stephen is currently a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Macquarie University in Australia and an Honorary Research Fellow at Massey University in New Zealand.  He is also currently a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and an Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP).

Research interests

  • Cyber conflict
  • Cyber espionage
  • Organised cyber crime groups
  • State offensive cyber capability 


Research student supervision

Interested in PhD and MRes candidates in areas of cyber security, digital forensics, cyber threat intelligence and information warfare.

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Research Outputs

The US 2016 presidential election & Russia's troll farms

McCombie, S., Uhlmann, A. J. & Morrison, S., 2020, In : Intelligence and National Security. 35, 1, p. 95-114 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A target-centric intelligence approach to WannaCry 2.0

    Turner, A. B., McCombie, S. & Uhlmann, A. J., 7 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Money Laundering Control. 22, 4, p. 646-665 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Welcome message

    Brown, S., Layton, R., McCombie, S., Pieprzyk, J. & Watters, P. A., 2015, Proceedings: Fifth Cybercrime and Trustworthy Computing Conference: CTC 2014. Piscataway, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. vi 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript/introduction


    • 1 Oral presentation

    Interference in the 2016 US Election

    Stephen McCombie (Speaker)
    Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation