Professor of Cyber Security, University of Portsmouth

I am a Professor of Cyber Security in the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth. I was previously Head of the Centre for Cyber Security at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK. Before becoming an academic I was a Managing Consultant at QinetiQ (formerly DERA). I have been working in cyber security since 1998. I have a PhD in Computer Science from UCL, an MBA, MSc in Computer Science, MA in Victorian Literature and BA (Hons) in English Literature.Debi has worked extensively across the public and private sector for organisations such as the MoD, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Prudential, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. She has had a number of articles on cyber security published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for

I have worked extensively across the public and private sectors for organisations such as the MoD, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Prudential, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. I've had a number of articles on cyber security published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets.

My research interests are in the social and behavioural aspects of cyber security – particularly in finding ways of ‘patching with people’ as well as technology. I am the Programme Director for Protective Security & Risk at the Centre for Research & Evidence for Security Threats (CREST). CREST is a national hub for understanding, countering and mitigating security threats. I have previously carried out research funded by EPSRC, ESRC, Technology Strategy Board, Home Office, Fujitsu, Police IT Organisation, MoD, DTI, Cabinet Office, Dstl, GCHQ.

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in Cyber Security, Cranfield University

Education

  • 2015 
    UCL, PhD