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Eerke Boiten

Professor of Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University

Eerke Boiten is the Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, and former Director of the Cyber Technology Institute, an EPSRC/NCSC accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Education (Gold).

After his PhD in the Netherlands, Eerke Boiten worked at the University of Kent as a computer science researcher and academic from 1995 to 2017. His work was initially in formal methods, and included two monographs on Refinement published by Springer. He branched out into computer security 15 years ago. He set up and led the University's interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security, which achieved the EPSRC/GCHQ accreditation as an Academic Centre of Excellence in 2015. Looking beyond just his own discipline, Eerke developed an interest in the policy sides of data, starting from a perspective of technical realism. He engages in public debate in this area, including on privacy in general, and was a reviewer for the Nuffield Bioethics report on Biological and Health Data in 2015.
In April 2017, he moved to the Cyber Technology Institute at De Montfort University to take up the role of Professor of Cyber Security. His current research projects are in privacy impact assessment, anonymisation, cybercrime, refinement and cyber intelligence sharing.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, De Montfort University
  • 2012–2017
    Director of Cyber Security Centre, University of Kent
  • 2004–2016
    Senior lecturer, University of Kent


  • 2001 
    University of Kent, PGCHE
  • 1992 
    University of Nijmegen, NL, dr.
  • 1988 
    University of Twente, NL, ir.

Professional Memberships

  • BCS
  • HEA
  • FME


PhD, University of Nijmegen, 1992