Dr. Musuva, Paula

pmusuva@usiu.ac.ke    |     +254 730 116 512


Dr. Paula Mwikali Musuva is currently a lecturer in Forensic Information Technology at the United States International University-Africa where she teaches specialized courses in Information Security, Audit and Digital Forensics. She has worked as a Senior Technology Consultant at Deloitte East Africa and as a Team Leader and Network and Security Engineer at Seven Seas Technologies.

She has over 15 years’ work experience. Her earlier projects involved implementing networking and security technologies within the region - in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. She also has experience in IT Service Management and has been part of ITIL implementation in the UK and has lead an IT Service Management team in Kenya. Paula has taught since 2011 and has over 10 years teaching experience.

She is actively driving Cyber-Security research at the Centre for Informatics Research and Innovation (CIRI). Paula regularly publishes research reports and briefs in partnership with Serianu. She is also a member of The HoneyNet Project in Kenya - which is a global organization of Information Security researchers. She has also served in the ISACA Kenya Chapter board as a Special Programs Director and Academic Relations Co-ordinator. Paula is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of IS professionals and challenges them to excellence and integrity.

Academic Degrees:

  • 0000: PhD. Information Systems at University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 0000: MSc. Network Systems (Distinction), University of Sunderland, United Kingdom.
  • 0000: BSc. Computer Science (First Class Honors), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 0000: Diploma Management of Information Systems (Distinction), Institute of Management of Information Systems (IMIS)

Professional/Industry Certifications;

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Security Intelligence Specialist with IBM QRadar SIEM v7.2
  • Application Security Specialist with IBM Security AppScan v8.7
  • Blockchain Developer with Hyperledger Fabric v1.1
  • Predictive Analytics with IBM SPSS Modeler v18
  • Business Intelligence Analyst with IBM Cognos BI
  • Big Data Specialist with IBM BigInsights v2.1
  • Mobile Application Developer with Worklight Studio v6.2
  • Linux Certified Professional Certification (LPIC)-1 Rtd.
  • Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) Rtd.

Grants Received:
April 2020 to December 2020 - Case Writing Small Grant Competition: Finance, Cybersecurity & Risk Management in the Developing World https://gbsn.org/cybersecurityinthedevelopingworld/. Awarded 3 Case Grants each $5,000 totaling $15,000 by Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Institute.

Journal Articles:

  1. Ng’ang’a, A., & Musuva, P. M. W. (2020). Enhancing Accuracy in a Touch Operation Biometric System: A Case on the Android Pattern Lock Scheme. Mobile Information Systems, 2020, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/4165457
  2. Musuva, P. M. W., Getao, K. W., & Chepken, C. K. (2019). A New Approach to Modelling the Effects of Cognitive Processing and Threat Detection on Phishing Susceptibility. Computers in Human Behavior, 94, 154–175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.12.036
  3. Musuva, P. M. W., Getao, K. W., & Chepken, C. K. (2019). A Naturalistic Methodology for Assessing Susceptibility To Social Engineering Through Phishing. The African Journal of Information Systems, 11.

Conference Papers:

  1. Wairire, G. H., & Musuva, P. M. W. (2017). Assessing IPv6 Adoption in Kenya: A Case of Selected Internet Service Providers. Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Research Innovation and Capacity Building. Presented at the Eastern African Multidisciplinary Applied Research Conference (EAMARC 4), Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Wachira, J. N., & Musuva, P. M. W. (2017). An Assessment of Wi-Fi Security implementations in Nairobi’s Central Business District. Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Research Innovation and Capacity Building. Presented at the Eastern African Multidisciplinary Applied Research Conference (EAMARC 4), Nairobi, Kenya.
  3. Musuva, P. M. W. (2016). Assessing the Efficacy of Learning Using the Cloud for Information Technology Skills Acquisition: The Case of the IBM Africa Skills Initiative in Kenya. Cloud Computing in Education. Presented at the 4th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference (ICACON 2016), Edmonton, Canada.
  4. Musuva, P. M. W. (2013). The Insider Threat Is Largely Unmitigated In The Information Security Practices Of Kenyan Organizations. Relevance of Applied Research to Society. Presented at the Eastern African Multidisciplinary Applied Research Conference (EAMARC 1), Windsor Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.


Areas of Interest/Specialization:

  • Digital Forensics,
  • Cyber crime,
  • Information Security,
  • Systems Audit,
  • Governance,
  • Risk and Compliance.

Courses Teaching:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Information Systems Security
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigations
  • Information Systems Audit
  • Information Technology and Cybercrime
  • Computer Networks and Telecommunications
  • Client/Server and Distributed Systems