Dr. Ghorbani has held a variety of positions in academia for the past 37 years and is currently a Professor of Computer Science, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, the Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, which he established in 2016. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick from 2008 to 2017. Dr. Ghorbani is also the founding director of the laboratory for intelligence and adaptive systems research. He has spent over 27 years of his 37-year academic career carrying out both fundamental and applied research in the area of cybersecurity, machine learning, and web intelligence. His current research focus is Cybersecurity, Web Intelligence, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. In 2007, Dr. Ghorbani received the University of New Brunswick's Research
Scholar Award. Since 2010, he has obtained more than $15M to fund 8 large multi-project research initiatives.
Dr. Ghorbani is the co-inventor on 3 awarded patents in the area of Network Security and Web Intelligence and has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles during his career. He has supervised over 170 research associates, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students during his career. His book, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems: Concepts and Techniques, was published by Springer in October 2010. He is the co-founder of the Privacy, Security, Trust (PST) Network in Canada and its international annual conference. Dr. Ghorbani served as the co-Editor-In-Chief of Computational Intelligence: An International Journal from 2007 to 2017. He developed a number of technologies that have been adopted by high-tech companies. He co-founded two startups, Sentrant Security and EyesOver Technologies in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Ghorbani was twice one of the three finalists for the Special Recognition Award at the 2013 and 2016 New Brunswick KIRA award for the knowledge industry. Dr. Ghorbani is the recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award.