Basil Manoussos

basil manoussos

Basil Manoussos AAS,BSc,PgCert,MSc,MBCS,ACSFS

Cyber Academy Manager

Biography

Basil is the Manager of The Cyber Academy, at the School of Computing.

Education

He studied for his BSc Business and his AAS (Associate in Applied Science) Computer Programming, at the American College of Greece (Deree College), and graduated with both degrees in 1995, receiving the President's Award for his contribution in the extra-curricular and academic activities in the school.

He received a PG Cert International Marketing from the University of Sunderland (2000) and later his MSc Forensic Informatics (2008) from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently studying for a BSc(Hons) Forensic Psychology with the Open University and he started his PhD with the University of Social Sciences (SAN) in Poland.

In January 2022, he received his Expert Witness Certificate from the University of Aberdeen/Bond Solon, as an Expert Witness under the jurisdiction of Scottish Law, making him the first (and only) Expert Witness in Digital Forensics to ever hold a University Certificate in this jurisdiction.

Experience

Basil brings more than a decade of experience in Digital Forensics as an Expert Witness, working with legal professionals in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as a 30+ years overall industry experience. His background includes working for organisations like IBM, Abbey National and HM Government. He has been running Strathclyde Forensics, one of the top Digital Forensics agencies in Scotland for over a decade.

Since 2017 he has been working at the School of Computing, with a primary scope of raising the profile of The Cyber Academy and help create awareness of cyber threats to businesses, individuals, the third sector and the state, in Scotland , the UK and around the world.

Basil has been working extensively with the Law Society of Scotland; he is a member of the Panel for the Accredited Legal Technologists, and he has developed (and delivers) the Cybersecurity Certification of the Law Society of Scotland.

Basil is a regular speaker to Scottish Universities and Colleges, and a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law, at the Catholic University of Lyon. He is also a member of the BCS and the Charter Society for Forensic Sciences (CSFS). He was a finalist for the Cyber Evangelist Award for 2018 and 2019 at the Scottish Cyber Awards.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • INTERPOL: Project LEADER: Advice on Digital Evidence for Prosecutors
  • INTERPOL: Project LEADER: Advice on Digital Evidence
  • SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT: ETIAG - Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing
  • SIPR - Scottish Institute for Policing Research
  • LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND: Member of the Accredited Legal Technologist Advisory Panel

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • 1st SMART S&P (Publicity Chair)
  • 18th Teaching Digital Forensics Workshop
  • Publicity Chair: DSAI-2021: International Conference on Applied Research in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Careers Fair 2021 (#CSW2021)
  • Internet Security Day / American College of Greece [2020]
  • Scottish Paralegal (Autumn) Conference [2020]
  • Scottish Paralegal Association Annual Conference [2020]
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Annual Conference [2019]
  • Internet Security Day / American College of Greece [2019]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Criminal Law Conference [2019]
  • Law Society of Scotland: Annual Conference [Edinburgh] [2018]
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Autumn Conference (Dundee) [2018]
  • Data in Health and Care [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland - High Street & Sole Practitioners Conference (Dundee) [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland: Law & Technology Conference [Edinburgh] [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland ‘Law & Technology Roadshow’ (Glasgow) [2018]
  • INTERPOL DFEG (Digital Forensics Expert Group) Conference [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Cyber Security & Law Conference [2018]
  • Heriot Watt Student Actuarial Society (SAS) Conference [2018]
  • International Conference in Big Data in Cyber Security [2018] (ORGANISER)
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Annual Conference [2018]
  • Law Society Of Scotland - Law & Technology Conference [2017]
  • Cyber Security in Romania [2016]
  • Post Graduate Cyber Security (PGCS) Symposium [2016]
  • Cyber Security in Romania [2015]

 

Editorial Activity

  • Reviewer / Journal of Cyber Security Technology [2018 to date]
  • CYBER SECURITY TRENDS magazine: Internal threats: misunderstandings and challenges. Always underestimated, unreported and ignored. [Romanian Text] [2017]
  • CYBER SECURITY TRENDS magazine: Safe passwords. Perhaps "simple engineering is good engineering" [Romanian Text] [2016]
  • CYBER SECURITY TRENDS magazine: How to hack friends & family [Romanian Text] [2015]
  • CYBER SECURITY TRENDS magazine: Public Sector, Private & Voluntary. Can they collaborate for a safer virtual space? [Romanian Text] [2015]
  • CYBER SECURITY TRENDS magazine: Do you use Tinder? How safe and anonymous is it really? [Romanian Text] [2015]

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Scottish Cyber Awards: Outstanding Cyber Team: THE CYBER ACADEMY (Finalist)
  • Scottish Cyber Awards: Cyber Evangelist of the Year 2019 (Finalist)
  • Scottish Cyber Awards: Cyber Evangelist of the Year 2018 (Finalist)
  • Scottish Cyber Awards: Leading Light Innovation (SOCLAB) (Finalist)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Fraud & Loss Prevention (GRC World Forums) [Apr 2022]
  • INTERPOL: Digital Evidence for Prosecutors (Guest Speaker)
  • BCS (Newcastle) AGM 2021
  • Fraud & Loss Prevention (GRC World Forums) [2021]
  • The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Dealing with Digital Evidence in Police Forensic Reports [2020]
  • West College Scotland / Cyber Threat Awareness [2020]
  • SSCL - The Scottish IT Law Community [2020]
  • UCL (University College London): Cybersecurity Talk
  • Law Society of Scotland - Delivering Justice Remotely [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 Era [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Introduction to Digital Evidence for Employment Tribunals & Family Courts [2020]
  • Big Data in Biosciences, Edinburgh Napier University [2020]
  • West Lothian College / Digital Forensics (neurodiversity) [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Introduction to Digital Evidence for Criminal Lawyers [2020]
  • Schools STEM event (Nat Museum of Scotland) [2019]
  • Aberdeenshire Sole Practitioner Group [2019]
  • New College Lanarkshire / Christmas Lecture [2019]
  • STV Interview [2019]
  • The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow [2019]
  • City of Glasgow College / Phishing Scamming & Other Evils [2019]
  • SYLA (Scottish Young Lawyers Association) [2018]
  • Chinese Government Delegation: South-to-North Water Diversion Project (2017)
  • Chinese Government training on Big Data & Cyber Security (2016)
  • Chinese Government training on Big Data & Cyber Security (2015)
  • Symposium on Data Loss Detection and Prevention (2015)

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Industry Liaison Co-Chair (IEEE UK & Eire Industry Applications Chapter)
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Science (Member)
  • BCS (Member)
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU) / Roster of Experts [2015 to date]

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2021d]
  • Online Fraud in the COVID-19 Era (#CSW2021)
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2021e]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2021c]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2021b]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2021a]
  • Online Fraud in the COVID-19 Era [2021a]
  • Online Fraud in the COVID-19 Era [2021b]
  • Christmas Cyber Lectures [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Think Before You Click! [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Presents: Alan Greig & Mandy Haeburn-Little [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Online fraud in the COVID-19 era [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: Check your facts [2020]
  • Police Scotland / SPA Roundtable
  • The Cyber Academy Presents: Laura Irvine [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Webinars: COVID-19 fraud online [2020]
  • The Cyber Academy Presents: Martin Borrett, CTO, IBM Security Europe [2020]
  • YoungScot : "DigiKnow?" (Kilmarnock) [2019]
  • Cyber Breakfast @ Napier: ADARMA [2019]
  • YoungScot : "DigiKnow?" (Dundee) [2019]
  • DataFest WiDS19
  • Cyber Breakfast @ Napier : Royal London [2019]
  • YoungScot : "DigiKnow?" (Glasgow) [2019]
  • Demarco & Buchanan (Organiser) [2018]
  • SCVO - Training for Charity Board Members (Cohort 2) [2018]
  • SCVO - Training for Charity Board Members (Cohort 1) [2018]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (ROYAL LONDON) [2018]
  • YoungScot [Edinburgh] [2018]
  • Internal and External threats to Law Firms (LINDSAYS SOLICITORS) [2018]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (BARCLAYS BANK) [2017]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (AEGON) [2017]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT) [2017]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (undisclosed bank) [2017]
  • Phishing, Scamming & Other Evils (SCOTTISH CANALS) [2017]

 

Reviewing

  • Police Scotland / SPA Roundtable

 

Visiting Positions

  • Lecturer at West Lothian College (Digital Forensics)
  • Visiting Lecturer (Specialist) at Sheffield Hallam University
  • INTERPOL: Digital Evidence (Guest Speaker)
  • Lecturer (Cybersecurity), Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Lyon
  • Lecturer (Digital Forensics) West College Scotland [2019 to date]