Sagar Samtani

Sagar Samtani

Assistant Professor
Room: CIS 2071
Phone: (813) 974-6708
Fax: (813) 974-6749

Sagar Samtani is an assistant professor with the Muma College of Business' Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department. He comes to USF  from the University of Arizona's Management Information Systems Department where he designed and developed cyber threat intelligence courses in the master's program. He also taught undergraduate courses in computers and internetworked society and in 2016, he earned the James F. LaSalle Award for Teaching Excellence.

His research interests are within cybersecurity, specifically on monitoring the “dark web” for emerging threats and key threat actors for proactive cyber threat intelligence by developing artificial intelligence-based algorithms and systems rooted in deep learning and network analysis. His work has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Management Information Systems and IEEE Intelligent Systems. He has presented at several conferences including Woman in Cybersecurity, IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics and the INFORMS Annual Meeting. He is also a frequent speaker at numerous industry events. His research has won multiple awards and has been featured in media outlets such as Fox, The Penny Hoarder, and RSI Security. His work has also been funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, including the prestigious CISE Research Initiation Initiative grant in 2019

Samtani earned a PhD and a master's degree in management information systems from the Univesity of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from the same institution. He served as National Science Foundation Scholarship-for-Service Fellow from 2014-17.


ISM 6328 - Info Security & Risk Management

Recent Research

  • S. Samtani, S. Yu, H. Zhu, M. Patton, J. Matherly, and H. Chen, (2018), "Identifying SCADA Systems and their Vulnerabilities on the Internet of Things: A Text Mining Approach," IEEE Intelligent Systems, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 63-73.
  • S. Samtani, R. Chinn, H. Chen, and J. F. Nunamaker Jr., (2017), "Exploring Emerging Hacker Assets and Key Hackers for Proactive Cyber Threat Intelligence," Journal of Management Information Systems, Volume 34, Number 3, Pages 1023-1053.
  • S. Samtani, K. Chinn, C. Larson, and H. Chen, (2016), "AZSecure Hacker Assets Portal: Cyber Threat Intelligence and Malware Analysis," presented at the 2016 IEEE Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. Tucson, Arizona.
  • S. Samtani, S. Yu, H. Zhu, M. Patton, and H. Chen, (2016), "Identifying SCADA Vulnerabilities using Passive and Active Vulnerability Assessment Techniques," presented at the IEEE Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. Tucson, Arizona.
  • S. Samtani and H. Chen, (2016), "Using Social Network Analysis to Identify Key Hackers for Keylogging Tools in Hacker Forums," presented at the 2016 IEEE Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. Tucson, Arizona.


  • Guest editor, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, special issue on Analytics for Cybersecurity and Privacy, 2019
  • Ad hoc reviewer, for more than 25 journals and conferences pertaining to information systems and computer science, 2019-present
  • Director: Information Assurance Concentration for USF's MS in cybersecurity, 2018-present