RA/PhD researchers
Current researchers
Neil Ashdown
Neil joined the CDT Cyber Security in 2019 after a career in journalism. He is working on cyber threat intelligence and is co-supervised by Prof. Pete Adey.
Simon Butler
Simon joined the CDT Cyber Security in 2017. He has wide experience of working in security, both for government agencies and also in the corporate world as a security consultant. He is working on the geopolitics of cryptocurrency and is co-supervised by Prof. Pete Adey.
Rory Hopcraft
Rory is a geographer who joined the CDT Cyber Security in 2016. He is interested in maritime cyber security and is jointly supervised by Prof. Klaus Dodds.
Colin Putman
Colin joined the CDT in 2019 following a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and a master degree in Information Security. Colin's research is focused on design and analysis of digital credentials supporting degrees of anonymity.
Nick Robinson
Nick has a background in Geopolitics and Security. He joined the CDT Cyber Security to research virtual data embassies. He is jointly supervised by Prof. Klaus Dodds in the Department of Geography.
Past researchers
James Alderman
James joined the CLARUS project in 2015 working on processing of encrypted data in the cloud. He finished in September 2017 and is now working for Thales.
Zeeshan Bilal Zeeshan completed his PhD thesis on Addressing Security and Privacy Issues in Low-Cost RFID Systems in 2015. He was a cyber security expert for the Pakistani Air Force and is now a security engineer at Camelot.
Ben Curtis
Ben's PhD thesis was on Cryptanalysis and Applications of Lattice-based Encryption Schemes and was completed in 2020. He is now a Research Assistant at the Alan Turing Institute.
Lydia Garms
Lydia completed her PhD thesis on Variants of Group Signatures and their Applications in 2020. She is now a Postdoctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway.
Andreas Haggman
Andreas completed his PhD thesis on Cyber Wargaming: Finding, Designing, and Playing Wargames for Cyber Security Education in 2019. He is now a Cyber Security Skills expert working for the UK Government.
Steve Hersee
Steve completed his PhD thesis on The Cyber Security Dilemma and the Securitisation of Cyberspace in 2019. Steve now works for the UK Government.
Mwawi Nyirenda Kayuni Mwawi was a Schlumberger Faculty of the Future Scholar from Malawi. She completed her PhD thesis on A Combinatorial Approach for Frequency Hopping Schemes in 2017. Mwawi is a Lecturer at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.
Michelle Kendall Michelle completed her thesis on Combinatorial Aspects of
Key Predistribution for Resource-Constrained Networks
in 2013. She is now a Researcher in Statistical Genetics at the University of Warwick.
Haibat Khan
Haibat completed his thesis on Security and Privacy in Emerging Communications Standards in 2020. He has returned to his former employer in Pakistan.
Miss Laiha Mat Kiah Miss is a Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya. She completed her thesis A Key Management Framework for Secure Group Communication in Wireless Mobile Environments in July 2007, extending previous work for fixed multicast networks.
Thalia Laing
Thalia completed her thesis on Enhanced Threshold Schemes and their Applications in 2017. She is now a Security Researcher at HP Inc.
Ela Lee
Ela's thesis was on Advancements in Proxy Re-Encryption: Defining Security for wider Applications and was completed in 2020. She now works at the Connected Places Catapult.
Konstantinos Mersinas
Konstantinos completed his PhD on Risk Perception and Attitude in Information Security Decision-making in 2017. He is interested in how behavioural economics influences decision making in information security professionals. He was jointly supervised by Prof. Andy Seltzer and Bjoern Hartig in the Department of Economics and is now a Lecturer in the Information Security Group at Royal Hollloway.
Qin Li Qin completed his PhD thesis on Design and Analysis of Electronic Feedback Mechanisms in 2012. He was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at NTU, Singapore and CEO of Everyday Ratings, based in the Sydney. He is now an information security manager with ABB in China.
Thomas Martin Thomas wrote a thesis A Set Theoretic Approach to Broadcast Encryption on the finer subtleties of the efficiency of some of the most well-known techniques for key distribution in broadcast environments. He was co-supervised by Peter Wild and now works as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. 
Julia Novak Julia is a combinatorial mathematician who completed her thesis on Generalised Key Distribution Patterns in 2012. She now works in the Mathematics Department at the University of Auckland.
Tom Page Tom works as a Senior Software Engineer at Alfresco. His thesis The application of hash chains and hash structures to cryptography develops a toolkit of techniques for designing and applying generalisations of hash chains to different environments such as lightweight authentication, digital signatures, online auctions and key establishment. Tom was co-supervised by Siaw-Lynn Ng.
Maura Paterson Maura Paterson was the most recent in a line of pure mathematicians from Adelaide who made their way to Royal Holloway. She was employed on a three-year research project working on key establishment for wireless sensor networks between January 2007 and September 2009. Maura is now a Professor of Mathematics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Geong Sen Poh Geong Sen is a Manager of Cyber Security Research and Development at Trustwave, Singapore. His thesis Design and Analysis of Fair Content Tracing Protocols concerned new approaches to proposing protocols that allow digital content to be traced in ways that remain fair to both distributors and acquirers of content. He completed his PhD in April 2009.
Sarah Louise Renwick Sarah Louise was sponsored by an EPSRC CASE award with Thales. Sarah Louise completed her thesis on Searching on Encrypted Data in 2017.
Markku Saarinen Markku is from Finland (more recently a global citizen). He has completed his thesis on Cryptanalysis of Dedicated Hash Functions and is currently working somewhere (I give up trying to edit this entry!) Just google him!
Pip Thornton
Pip completed her PhD thesis on Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism in 2019. Pip is now a Research Associate in Creative Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Wei Zhang Wei completed his PhD thesis on Generalisations and Security Analysis of Signcryption Schemes in 2012. Wei is now a senior researcher at nChain.
Zhiqian Xu
Zhiqian completed her PhD thesis on Generic Access Control of Cloud Storage Using Attribute-Based Cryptography in 2019.
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