Weekend Conference


7, 8 and 9 September 2018

Lizzie Coles-Kemp

Lizzie is Professor of Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London. She is a qualitative researcher who uses creative engagement methods to explore everyday practices of information production, protection, circulation, curation and consumption within and between communities. She took up a full-time academic post in 2008 and prior to joining Royal Holloway University of London she worked for 18 years as an information security practitioner. Lizzie's focus is the intersection between relational security practices and technological security and she specialises in public and community service design and consumption. She is currently an EPSRC research fellow with a research programme in everyday security.


Christopher Cutajar

Christopher is an information security officer for a global fintech company, responsible for the designing and implementation of secure software and networks for the payment card industry. Christopher obtained a BSc (Hons) Computer Science from University of Malta and recently earned a MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. His master's project focused on the development of an application filtering algorithm utilizes popularity-based data for application collusion detectors. His areas of interest include application security, security testing and digital forensics. In his spare time Chris enjoys football, and is an active member in one of the local voluntary organizations. Furthermore, he's continuously researching new areas within information security and learning new technologies.


Joseph Da Silva

Joseph is the CISO for Electrocomponents plc, a FTSE250 global distributor and service provider to engineers. Previously he was the CISO for British Gas and has held a number of leadership positions at such businesses as Old Mutual Wealth, Virgin Media and IBM. Joseph is actively involved in the wider industry, having spoken at a number of conferences across Europe and contributed articles to multiple publications. He holds CCISO, CISM and BCS certificates as well as an honours degree in Biochemistry and over 18 years experience in IT and Change roles.


Amy Ertan

Amy is a PhD researcher within the Centre for Cyber Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Amy previously studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, where she first developed an interest in international security. Amy was part of the winning team in Atlantic Council's international relations ⁄ cyber security "9 ⁄ 12 competition", and was also awarded Cyber Security Student of the Year at the 2018 SC Media Awards. Her main research interests continue to focus on international relations and cyber-warfare, as well as emerging cyber security threats relating to artificial intelligence.


Rory Hopcraft

Rory is a third-year PhD student from the CDT for Cybersecurity, based within the ISG. He has a background in Geopolitics and Security and is co-supervised by Geography and the ISG. His research focuses on the regulatory aspects of maritime cybersecurity, and has a keen interest in how the international community regulates cyberspace.


Peter Komisarczuk

Peter (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D, C.Eng ) is currently the Head of the Information Security Group in Royal Holloway University of London. He received his B.Sc. Joint honours and M.Sc. from the University of Nottingham and his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey (1998). He has worked in industry in various R&D roles at Ericsson, Fujitsu and Nortel Networks in the areas of next generation 'intelligent networks', access and optical networks and internet network technology. He researches and publishes in the areas of internet security, networks and protocols, next generation networks and cognitive radio and has worked at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) 2003-2010 and the University of West London (UWL) 2010-2014 and has been involved with the Honeynet Project since 2007. He teaches primarily in networks and security. He is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Computer Society (BCS).


Irwin Raymond Lyttle

Irwin is a Senior Technical Services Engineer currently working for a mid-sized Managed Services and Systems Integration company based in Belfast, with customers across the UK & Ireland. Irwin has been working in technical IT roles for over 12 years. His main areas of interest are in the secure implementation of networks and server hardware, operating systems, server applications, virtualization platforms, systems monitoring, data backup and disaster recovery. Irwin successfully completed the MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London in 2018 and is also a member of (ISC)2.


Konstantinos Markantonakis

Konstantinos B.Sc. (Lancaster University), M.Sc., MBA, Ph.D. (London) received his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Lancaster University in 1995, his MSc in Information Security in 1996, his PhD in 2000 and his MBA in International Management in 2005 from Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the Director of the Information Security Group Smart Card Centre (SCC). His main research interests include smart card security and applications, secure cryptographic protocol design, key management, embedded system security and trusted execution environments, mobile phone operating systems/platform security, NFC/RFID/HCE security, grouping proofs, electronic voting protocols. He has published more than 160 papers in international conferences and journals. Since completing his PhD, he has worked as an independent consultant in a number of information security and smart card related projects. He is also a member of the IFIP Working Group 8.8 on Smart Cards. Since June 2014, he is vice chair of IFIP WG 11.2 Pervasive Systems Security. He continues to act as a consultant on a variety of topics including smart card security, key management, information security protocols, mobile devices, smart card migration program planning/project management for financial institutions, transport operators and technology integrators.


Konstantinos Mersinas

Konstantinos (MSci, MSc, PhD, CISSP) is currently the Director of the Distance Learning MSc Programme at the Information Security Group. Konstatninos has worked in various information security roles as a consultant and has been teaching the majority of information security courses. His research interests lie with human aspects of security, cyber crime and risk behaviour.










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