Ibrahim "Abe" Baggili is an internationally recognized expert in cyber security and digital forensics. He is the founding director of the University of New Haven’s Connecticut Institute of Technology and executive director of its Samuel S. Bergami Jr. Cybersecurity Center.

The University’s Cyber Forensic Research and Education Group he founded at the University, which includes student researchers, found liabilities in popular apps, including WhatsApp and Viber, that affected more than 1.5 billion users, garnering significant international media coverage. Its National Security Foundation-funded research showed that they could break into virtual reality systems – the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift – and alter what happened once they got in.

Dr. Baggili works regularly with law enforcement on digital forensics to help solve crimes, and he created the Artifact Genome Project, a digital information resource for law enforcement. His work has been supported by the National Security Agency and the MITRE Corporation, among other organizations.

Dr. Baggili received his Ph.D., master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in computer information technology from Purdue University, where he was a researcher at its Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security and its Cyber Forensics Laboratory. Before arriving at the University of New Haven in 2013, he was an assistant professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory, the first cyber forensics lab in the Arab region. In 2019, he was named a fellow of the European Alliance for Innovation.