Prof. G Geethakumari 

Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India




Prof. Geetha worked as the HoD, Dept of Computer Science and Information Systems from October 2020 to September 2022. Prof. Geetha joined the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus in 2008. Prior to joining BITS, she worked as a faculty at the National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW).  Prof. Geetha received Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad. Her Ph.D. thesis was titled “Grid Computing Security through Access Control Modelling”.
Prof Geetha is a member of the Quantum Computing Interest Group at BITS Pilani which offers an avenue for both students and faculty who are keenly interested in the emerging field of quantum computing to convene and acquire knowledge about its various aspects. The group facilitates an environment that encourages collaboration among members and the pursuit of quantum computing projects.
Prof. Geetha is a core member of the design team of the country's first Center of Excellence (CoE) in Automotive Cyber Security to be launched as a collaboration between BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus and BOSCH. To be set up as part of the Telangana Mobility Valley (TMV) initiative of the Telangana State Govt., the CoE aims to achieve the upskilling and reskilling of the existing talent in the area of Automotive Cyber Security.
Prof. Geetha's present areas of research interests include: information security, cloud computing - cloud security challenges, IoT security concerns like RPL attacks and malware attacks, Blockchain Technology, Fog Computing Security and Automotive Cyber Security. Application of Block chain Technology for implementing security is another focus area of her research. Her publications have reached over 5000 reads and around 3000 citations in ResearchGate. Six Ph.D. students have graduated under her guidance. Prof. Geetha has done extensive research on the security and privacy aspects in Online Social Networks (OSNs) like: semantic attacks in OSNs and data privacy in online social networks. Prof. Geetha has many international publications (in reputed conferences and peer-reviewed journals) to her credit.
Prof Geetha's research papers have crossed 1340 citations in Google Scholar Citations(Google Scholar Citation link).
Prof. Geetha served as a Panel Expert for the 2nd Brainstorming Session on The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India initiated  “e-Governance Standards and Guidelines (eGSG)” Project, 2022.
Prof. Geetha was an invited speaker at the Training Programme for experts from BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan), at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad. The event was jointly organized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and CFSL, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. 
Prof. Geetha gave  an invited talk on "Embedded System Security" at the Defense Electronics Research Lab (DLRL), DRDO, Hyderabad on 12th December, 2018.
Prof. Geetha has successfully executed a funded project on Cloud Forensics sponsored by MeitY, Govt. of India and is also a Project Review Steering Group (PRSG) member for a DIT-funded project on Cloud Interoperability. She organized a Symposium on Cloud Computing and Digital Forensics (SoC-D 2015) on September 4, 2015 in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. As part of the funded project on Cloud Forensics, Prof. Geetha organized a tech showcase event on January 30th, 2017 at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. Titled "Unveiling CFIT: Cloud Forensic Investigator Toolkit - A Technology Showcase", the event was aimed at bringing out the design and development aspects of CFIT.
Prof. Geetha is Senior Member IEEE. 
Prof. Geetha has given many guest lectures and tutorial sessions on topics in emerging areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) security, cyber security, cloud computing and cloud security. She has been a member of  the Technical Program Committees of various IEEE International Conferences. Prof. Geetha is a reviewer for many top-notch journals like Elsevier and Springer. 



Sponsored Projects

  • A project on "Design and Development of Digital Forensic Tools for Cloud IaaS", funded by DIT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, New Delhi (Total Project Outlay: Rs 54.96 lakhs), 2014 - 2017.

          Title of the Project: Design and Development of Digital Forensic Tools for Cloud IaaS

          Chief Investigator: Prof G Geethakumari

          Co- Chief Investigator: Dr Digambar Powar 

          Research Scholars (Project Fellowship): BSKP Kumar Raju and Meera G.

          Funding Agency: MeitY, Govt. of India.

          Amount: Rs 54.96 Lakhs

          Duration: 2 years

  • A project on "Identity and Access Management Solutions for Health Care Cloud Systems", funded by the Research Initiation Grant, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus(for Rs 2 lakhs), 2012.



Ph.D. Guidance

Ph. D. (Awarded)

  1. K.P Krishna Kumar: Title of the thesis: “Information Diffusion Modelling to Counter Semantic Attacks in Online Social Networks”
  2. Agrima Srivastava: Title of the thesis: “Enhancing Privacy in Online Social Networks using Data Analysis”
  3. Povar Digambar: Title of the thesis: “A Novel Digital Forensic Framework for Cloud Computing Environment”.
  4. B K S P Kumar Raju: Title of the thesis: “Incident Handling in IaaS Cloud Environment using Digital Forensic Practices"
  5. D Radha Rani: Title of the thesis: “Securing the Cloud Forensic Investigation Process against Anti-Forensic Attacks" 
  6. Rashmi Sahay: Title of the thesis: Securing the Internet of Things Environment against RPL Attacks" 

Ph.D. (Under Supervision)

  1. S. Rasagna Vakkalanka: Tentative Title of the thesis: "Fog Computing Security through Access Control Modelling"

Courses taught in previous semesters (2008 - 2011):

  • Network Security
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Programming-I
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Data structures
  • Advanced Architecture and Performance Evaluation
  • Reconfigurable Computing
  • Data structures and Algorithms
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Parallel Computing
  • Advanced Computer Organization



Awards & Recognitions

  • Core team member, BITS-BOSCH CoE on Automotive Cyber Security (as part of the Telangana Mobility Valley -TMV initiative of the Telangana State Govt), 2023.
  • Reviewer, ACM Computing Surveys, 2020.
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), 2019.
  • Reviewer, Elsevier Computers & Security Journal, 2018.
  • Mentor, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus Student Team, Winners of KPIT Innovation Award in Smart India Hackathon, 2018.
  •  Elevated as Senior Member, IEEE, 2018.
  • Letter of Appreciation from IB, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, 2017.
  • PRSG Member for a DIT-funded project on Cloud Interoperability, 2015.
  • Tutorial Speaker at the IEEE ICACCI 2015 International Conference, August 10 - 13, 2015.
  • Program Committee Member for ICCS 2010,2011.
  • Program Committee Member for IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing, 2006.
  • Research Fellowship awarded by Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad during 2004-2006
  • Program Committee Member for IEEE ICACCI 2013 International Conference, Mysore, India
  • Program Committee Member for IEEE International Conference on e-Science,(e-Science 2013), Beijing, China
  • Session Chair for IEEE ICACCI 2013 International Conference, Mysore, India
  • The research paper titled "Identifying Sources of Misinformation in Online Social Networks", co-authored by K P Krishna Kumar and Prof Geetha and presented at the International Symposium on Signal Processing and Intelligent Recognition Systems, (SIRS-2014), March 13-15, 2014, has received the best paper award
  • Program Committee Member, WWP@IEEE-e-Science 2014 (
  • Tutorial Speaker for the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Computing, Communications and Informatics (IEEE ICACCI 2015).



Conferences / Workshops attended


  1. Tutorial Chair, IEEE ANTS 2021 Conference, Dec 13 - 16, Hyderabad, India.
  2. Invited Speaker, Defense Electronics Research Lab (DLRL), DRDO, Hyderabad, on December 12th, 2018.
  3. Invited Speaker, Training Program for BIMSTEC countries at CFSL, Hyderabad, on November 16th, 2018 (jointly organized by NIA, Govt.of India and CFSL, Hyd)
  4. 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (IEEE ANTS) 2017, December 17, 2017, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. 
  5. 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication, (ACM IMCOM 2017), Beppu, Japan, January 5-7, 2017.
  6. 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC), Shanghai, China, December 6-9, 2016.
  7. Twelfth Annual IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics, India, January, 4-6, 2016.
  8. 4th International Conference on Big Data Analytics-2015, December 15-18, 2015, India.  
  9. IEEE ADCOM 2015 International Conference, September 18 – 20, 2015, India.
  10. Fourth IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, August 10 – 13, Cochi, 2015, India.
  11. IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Informatics, Communication and Energy Systems (IEEE SPICES 2015), February 19-21, 2015, India.
  12. International Conference on Information Systems Security (ICISS 2014), Dec 16-20, 2014, Hyderabad, India.
  13. International Conference on Security in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SNDS-2014), March 13-14, 2014 Technopark, Trivandrum, India, Proceedings in Springer.
  14. IEEE International Mutli-Conference on Automation, Computing, Communication, Control and Compressed Sensing (iMac4s), March 22-23, 2013, India.
  15. IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets, IEEE CCEM 2012, October 11-12, 2012, Bangalore, India.


  • ACM Annual Symposium, ISB, Hyderabad, January, 2011.
  • Intel Workshop on Multicore Programming, Hyderabad, India, October, 2009.
  • IEEE TENCON, Hyderabad, India, 2008.



Visits Aborad

(i) Visited Beppu, Japan to present a paper at the 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication (ACM IMCOM 2017), during Jan 5-7, 2017.

(ii) Visited Shanghai, China to present a paper at the 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016), during Dec 6-9, 2016.



Administrative Responsibilities


  • Member, Department Level Screening Committee (DLSC, CSIS Dept)
  • Student Branch Counsellor, IEEE Student Branch, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus


  • Head of the Dept, Computer Science and Information Systems Department ( Oct 2020 - Sept 2022)
  • IEEE Student Branch Counsellor, IEEE Student Branch, BITS Pilani Hyd Campus (2008 - till date)
  • Campus Website In Charge, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus (2009 - 2014) & (2018 - 2022)
  • Faculty Advisor, Computer Science Association (2008 - 2011)
  • Coordinator for EDUCAN, the Course Management System (2008 - 2012)
  • Faculty Mentor, Online Course (Udacity)(2009 - 2012)