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Anitha Chinnaswamy

Associate Director, Cyber Security Innovation Centre, Aston University

Anitha currently works at Aston Business School as an Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Management and is Associate Director of the Cyber Security Innovation Centre. Anitha has delivered multiple research and consultancy projects aimed at supporting the cybersecurity sector, alongside working with stakeholders in the key areas of cybersecurity risk management, awareness and organisational training and development in cybersecurity. In delivering the initiatives Anitha also holds relationships with LEAs, regional cybercrime units and other resilience centres and academic partnerships.

Anitha has led the design, development and delivery of an innovative MBA in cybersecurity that is aimed at middle-senior managers and includes key areas such as:
• Cyber threats, vulnerabilities, attack methodologies and dependencies.
• Core components around people, processes and technology necessary to develop a cyber resilience programme.
• Effective incident management, crisis management and communications during a cyber incident; and
• Business continuity planning and effective recovery planning.

Anitha is currently a member of the steering group of the Cyber Network for BAME cyber professionals led by DCMS. The vision of this network consisting of members from across the West Midlands region is to promote diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity sector.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer/Research Associate (Information Management), Coventry University


  • 2015 
    Coventry University, PhD