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Lecturer, Cyber Security Course Leader, University of Central Lancashire

Dr. Vinh Ta received his MSc degree in 2008 and earned the PhD degree in 2014 in IT security from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE), in the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS Lab), which is famous for discovering and investigating high profile malwares such as DuQu, Flame, MiniDuke, etc.

Before joining UCLan he worked as a researcher at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), in the group PRIVATICS (the team behind the French StopCovid contact tracing app). At INRIA he investigated possible solutions for privacy by design, data protection and accountability problems.

He is currently a course leader for the cyber security BSc (Hons) and apprenticeship degrees in the school of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan, Main campus). He co-founded and member of the Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research (SAFeR) in the school. His teaching and research interest include privacy by design, data protection, network security, malware analysis, computer forensic, game theory and machine learning in security and privacy.

He published numerous scientific papers on the security and privacy problems of vehicular communications, smart traffic control systems, and privacy by design. He is also author and creator of several software tools, for example, most recently, DataProVe: A Data Protection Policy and System Architecture Verification Tool (available on GitHub:

He is member of the British Computer Society (BCS), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
  • 2014–2015
    Research associate, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria)