Nick Pitropakis

nick pitropakis

Dr Nick Pitropakis

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Nikolaos (Nick) Pitropakis is an Associate Professor of cybersecurity at the School of Computing of Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the HEA. He is also core member of the Blockpass Identity Lab. Dr. Pitropakis has a strong research background in human factors in cyber security. His current research interests include trust and privacy using distributed ledger technology, adversarial machine learning, advanced cyber attack attribution, data science applied on cyber security and IoT devices security. Dr Pitropakis led the development of the School’s MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics (Myanmar), while including introducing new hybrid learning modes of study. He is teaching the Cyber-related graduate apprenticeship degrees, both running in Scotland and in England. He is also the external examiner of The American College in Greece (ACG), covering the BSc (Hons) Information Technology and BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking programmes provided by The Open University.

Dr. Pitropakis is currently leading the H2020 project SinGLe Sign-on eGovernAnce paradigm based on a distributed file exchange network for Security, transparency, cost effectiveness and truSt. Prior to joining ENU in 2016, he has worked as Postdoctoral Researcher for the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was involved in a U.S. Department of Defense project (Methods for producing standardized and transparent attribution) worth of 17.3 million dollars aiming at advanced attribution of malicious parties. His work has impacted major trademark holders and especially average users, whose awareness was increased against the combosquatting abuse.

His recent work has included a £787,597 project in Cryptography and Privacy and a 250,000€ H2020 project. Dr. Pitropakis has established synergies around the UK with other centers of excellence in cyber security like Royal Holloway and the University of Surrey, where he has been invited as a guest speaker. Additionally, he and Professor Bill Buchanan have been working with international partners such as the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Piraeus, and the University of Oslo.

Based on the outcomes of these projects, Dr. Pitropakis has published 30 quality scholarly articles. His most recent research achievements have been published in several highly cited Elsevier and Springer journals as well as Tier 1 international conferences. Dr. Pitropakis has also been invited to serve as an organizing and program committee member of major international conferences and a reviewer for prestigious journals. In addition, Dr. Pitropakis has been involved in supervising Research Master and PhD students since he accomplished his PhD in 2015. Currently, Dr. Pitropakis is supervising 3 PhD students, and their research activities are being disseminated in high quality conferences and journals.

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Privacy-preserving and Trusted Threat Intelligence Sharing using Distributed Ledgers

Conference Proceeding
Ali, H., Papadopoulos, P., Ahmad, J., Pit, N., Jaroucheh, Z., & Buchanan, W. J. (in press)
Privacy-preserving and Trusted Threat Intelligence Sharing using Distributed Ledgers. In IEEE SINCONF: 14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks
Threat information sharing is considered as one of the proactive defensive approaches for enhancing the overall security of trusted partners. Trusted partner organizations can...

PAN-DOMAIN: Privacy-preserving Sharing and Auditing of Infection Identifier Matching

Conference Proceeding
Abramson, W., Buchanan, W. J., Sayeed, S., Pitropakis, N., & Lo, O. (in press)
PAN-DOMAIN: Privacy-preserving Sharing and Auditing of Infection Identifier Matching. In 14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks
The spread of COVID-19 has highlighted the need for a robust contact tracing infrastructure that enables infected individuals to have their contacts traced, and followed up wi...

Browsers’ Private Mode: Is It What We Were Promised?

Journal Article
Hughes, K., Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., Smales, A., Ahmad, J., & Buchanan, W. J. (2021)
Browsers’ Private Mode: Is It What We Were Promised?. Computers, 10(12), https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10120165
Web browsers are one of the most used applications on every computational device in our days. Hence, they play a pivotal role in any forensic investigation and help determine ...

Evaluating Tooling and Methodology when Analysing Bitcoin Mixing Services After Forensic Seizure

Presentation / Conference
Young, E. H., Chrysoulas, C., Pitropakis, N., Papadopoulos, P., & Buchanan, W. J. (2021, October)
Evaluating Tooling and Methodology when Analysing Bitcoin Mixing Services After Forensic Seizure. Paper presented at International Conference on Data Analytics for Business and Industry (ICDABI) 2021 - (DATA'21), Online
Little or no research has been directed to analysis and researching forensic analysis of the Bitcoin mixing or 'tumbling' service themselves. This work is intended to examine ...

A Deep Learning-Based Intrusion Detection System for MQTT Enabled IoT

Journal Article
Almas Khan, M., Khan, M. A., Ullah Jan, S., Ahmad, J., Jamal, S. S., Shah, A. A., …Markakis, E. K. (2021)
A Deep Learning-Based Intrusion Detection System for MQTT Enabled IoT. Sensors, 21(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/s21217016
A large number of smart devices in Internet of Things (IoT) environments communicate via different messaging protocols. Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a widely ...

GLASS: Towards Secure and Decentralized eGovernance Services using IPFS

Conference Proceeding
Chrysoulas, C., Thomson, A., Pitropakis, N., Papadopoulos, P., Lo, O., Buchanan, W. J., …Tsolis, D. (2021)
GLASS: Towards Secure and Decentralized eGovernance Services using IPFS
The continuously advancing digitization has provided answers to the bureaucratic problems faced by eGovernance services. This innovation led them to an era of automation, broa...

PyDentity: A playground for education and experimentation with the hyperledger verifiable information exchange platform

Journal Article
Abramson, W., Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., & Buchanan, W. J. (2021)
PyDentity: A playground for education and experimentation with the hyperledger verifiable information exchange platform. Software Impacts, 9, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpa.2021.100101
PyDentity lowers the entry barrier for parties interested in experimenting with the Hyperledger’s verifiable information exchange platform. It enables educators, developers an...

Towards Lightweight URL-Based Phishing Detection

Journal Article
Butnaru, A., Mylonas, A., & Pitropakis, N. (2021)
Towards Lightweight URL-Based Phishing Detection. Future Internet, 13(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13060154
Nowadays, the majority of everyday computing devices, irrespective of their size and operating system, allow access to information and online services through web browsers. Ho...

Towards An SDN Assisted IDS

Conference Proceeding
Sutton, R., Ludwiniak, R., Pitropakis, N., Chrysoulas, C., & Dagiuklas, T. (2021)
Towards An SDN Assisted IDS. In 2021 11th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS)https://doi.org/10.1109/NTMS49979.2021.9432651
Modern Intrusion Detection Systems are able to identify and check all traffic crossing the network segments that they are only set to monitor. Traditional network infrastructu...

Launching Adversarial Attacks against Network Intrusion Detection Systems for IoT

Journal Article
Papadopoulos, P., Thornewill Von Essen, O., Pitropakis, N., Chrysoulas, C., Mylonas, A., & Buchanan, W. J. (2021)
Launching Adversarial Attacks against Network Intrusion Detection Systems for IoT. Journal of Cybersecurity and Privacy, 1(2), 252-273. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcp1020014
As the internet continues to be populated with new devices and emerging technologies, the attack surface grows exponentially. Technology is shifting towards a profit-driven In...

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