Welcome from our newest member of staff

Cyber Security Researcher - Maria Evangelopoulou

Cyber Security Researcher, Maria Evangelopoulou, at DEMOfest 2016

By Alan Settery, SICSA Cyber Security Network Integrator

I began my role as the new SICSA Cyber Security Network Integrator role just over a week ago and I look forward to working in this exciting and growing area. Of course, I’m not new to SICSA having been the first SICSA Business Development Executive and more recently managing the SICSA Smart Tourism programme, so I know many of you very well! In-line with the increased activity in this area, we have recently launched a new permanent SICSA Research Theme in Cyber Security.

To carry out some ground work for this new role I attended SICSA Demofest 2016 where it was good to see a strong Cyber Security presence at the event, with a key note from Edinburgh Napier University’s Professor Bill Buchanan on “The Key Risks of the Cyber Age”; and 4 exhibiting researchers in this area;

  • DEAV: IoT Security Threat Detection Analysis & Visualisation, Robert Gordon University.
  • Securitometer, an Overall Security Metrics App for Android, University of Edinburgh
  • Market-Scale Behavioural Security Analysis for Android Apps, University of Edinburgh
  • The “What, when, why, how and what now?” of an attack in an ICS/SCADA network, University of Glasgow

It was interesting to notice how topical these research areas are, especially considering the recent cyber-attacks on Tesco Bank and the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on company Dyn through the IoT Mirai botnet malware, which brought down sites including Netflix, Twitter and Reddit.

With cyber-attacks becoming more prolific and sophisticated, Government, Industry and Academia are joining forces to address the issue.

I recently attended the first Scottish Cyber Awards 2016 event held in the Waldorf Astoria – Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh.  The awards, organized by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Scottish Enterprise had 13 categories.  There was an impressive academic performance, with awards for many of the Scottish Institutions (including Abertay, Edinburgh Napier, Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian and Kyle Academy).  The Champion of Champions Award went to Zonefox, a spinout from Edinburgh Napier University. https://www.sbrcentre.co.uk/news/2016/november/scottish-cyber-awards-2016-winners/

It is apparent that the needs for skills in this sector are growing quickly and a key part of my activity will be in growing this expertise through raising awareness and encouraging the next wave of graduates into our industry.

The Cyber Security Christmas lectures are next on the horizon, taking place in cities across Scotland – Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and attracting 3000 school pupils! http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/events/cyber-security-christmas-lectures/

The Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University are also holding a Christmas Cyber and STEM event for P7 Girls http://thecyberacademy.org/christmas-cyber-and-stem-event-for-school-girls-6-december-2016/

I look forward to a busy 2017!

For more information please contact me:

Alan Settery
SICSA Cyber Security Network Integrator, University of Glasgow
Email: Alan.Settery@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 141 330 4845