Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)


Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

Advisory Board

Theodosios Dimitrakos (Chair)
Theo is interested in creating, directing and delivering impactful innovation from senior leadership or advisory roles.

Theo has over 25 years of experience in Information and Communications Technology including 17 years of experience in Trust and Information Security.

Theo combines deep technical knowledge with strong leadership and people management skills and with a solid international reputation as a thought-leader who can also manage large-scale international research collaborations and innovation delivery projects.

Theo's expertise and thought-leadership experience spans a wide range of topics including Enterprise and Cloud Security, Cybersecurity, SOA and Web Services, Next Generation Network Security (including SDN and NFV security), Identity, Applied Cryptography, Privacy and Data Protection, Uncertainty Reasoning and Trust Management.

While working at BT, Theo developed the innovation strategy and new technologies roadmap on virtualization and cloud security and Theo directed the delivery of technological and business innovations in close collaboration with the Security Leadership Team and the IT Services and Security Portfolio product teams.

Through his participation in expert groups and strategy boards, Theo has advised European Agencies, such as ENISA, industry forums such as ISF and CSA and the European Commission on both technological development and policy making issues.

Theo has been a keynote speaker in international conferences and directed researchers in top Universities.

Theo authored several technical books, scientific papers, guest editions of international journals and over forty patents.

His innovation projects have received industry awards in the UK and continental Europe and he has received awards including a silver core medal from IFIP.

Theo has the reputation of an inspirational people’s manager in both rapidly growing and resource-constrained environments. My teams are often multicultural and distributed in differed locations around the world.

Matt Lewis
Matt is an experienced Technical Research Director with over 15 years working in Cyber Security. His specialisms include general security consultancy, scenario-based penetration testing, vulnerability research and development of security testing tools. He studied formal methods at Swansea (BSc Hons) and Oxford University (MSc). After university Matt joined GCHQ and spent several years working at CESG in their vulnerability research team, focussing on biometric and network security. After GCHQ he spent over 10 years in penetration testing (IRM and KPMG) as a CHECK Team Leader, providing security assurance to clients around network and application security across all sectors.

Tony Phipps
Tony Phipps started his career as an engineer and has worked in a variety of fields including construction, electrical and electronic engineering and more recently, information technology. For the last 20 years he has specialised in Information and Physical Security. He obtained my first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Greenwich in 1997 and a masters degree from University of Westminster in Information Technology Security in 2002. He is currently responsible for a small team that manages cyber security research for one of Europe's largest Digital banks.

Mark Ryan
Mark Ryan is Professor of Computer Security and leads the Security and Privacy group in Birmingham, where he also holds the HP Research Chair in Cyber Security. From 2010 to 2015, he was EPSRC Leadership Fellow, also at Birmingham. His recent work includes analysis and development of hardware security anchors (e.g., TPM, SGX); analysis and development of security protocols (e.g., in messaging, voting, authentication); and development of systems that address the tension between security and privacy.

Alan Woodward
Alan began as a physicist, however, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after his BSc.

His post graduate research at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, was in adaptive filtering, and novel methods of recovering corrupted signals.

After leaving the ISVR Alan worked for the UK government for many years. He has particular expertise in, and continues to conduct research into, cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing. Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him elected as a Fellow and chartered member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society.

The Centre is forming its Advisory Board and more members will be invited.

Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 13/02/2018