Basil Manoussos

basil manoussos

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

Project Manager

Biography

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

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.

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, and a 30+ years overall industry experience. His background includes working for organisations like IBM, Abbey National and HM Government. He has been operating 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 (CSoFS) and was a finalist for the Cyber Evangelist Award for 2018 and 2019.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • SIPR - Scottish Institute for Policing Research [2020 to date]
  • Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing (Scottish Government) [2020 to date]
  • Member of the Accredited Legal Technologist Advisory Panel @ The Law Society of Scotland [2019 to date]

 

Conference Activity

  • Cyber Careers Fair 2021 (#CSW2021)
  • Scottish Paralegal Association Annual Conference [2020]
  • Scottish Paralegal (Autumn) Conference [2020]
  • Internet Security Day / American College of Greece [2020]
  • Internet Security Day / American College of Greece [2019]
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Annual Conference [2019]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Criminal Law Conference [2019]
  • Law Society of Scotland ‘Law & Technology Roadshow’ (Glasgow) [2018]
  • International Conference in Big Data in Cyber Security [2018] (ORGANISER)
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Annual Conference [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Cyber Security & Law Conference [2018]
  • INTERPOL DFEG (Digital Forensics Expert Group) Conference [2018]
  • Heriot Watt Student Actuarial Society (SAS) Conference [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland - High Street & Sole Practitioners Conference (Dundee) [2018]
  • Scottish Paralegal Association (SPA) Autumn Conference (Dundee) [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland: Law & Technology Conference [Edinburgh] [2018]
  • Law Society of Scotland: Annual Conference [Edinburgh] [2018]
  • Data in Health and Care [2018]
  • Law Society Of Scotland - Law & Technology Conference [2017]
  • Post Graduate Cyber Security (PGCS) Symposium [2016]
  • Cyber Security in Romania [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: Do you use Tinder? How safe and anonymous is it really? [Romanian Text] [2015]
  • 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]

 

Invited Speaker

  • West Lothian College / Digital Forensics (neurodiversity) [2020]
  • West College Scotland / Cyber Threat Awareness [2020]
  • The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow [2020]
  • SSCL - The Scottish IT Law Community [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Cybersecurity in the COVID-19 Era [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Delivering Justice Remotely [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Introduction to Digital Evidence for Criminal Lawyers [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Introduction to Digital Evidence for Employment Tribunals & Family Courts [2020]
  • Law Society of Scotland - Dealing with Digital Evidence in Police Forensic Reports [2020]
  • Big Data in Biosciences, Edinburgh Napier University [2020]
  • City of Glasgow College / Phishing Scamming & Other Evils [2019]
  • New College Lanarkshire / Christmas Lecture [2019]
  • The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow [2019]
  • Aberdeenshire Sole Practitioner Group [2019]
  • Schools STEM event (Nat Museum of Scotland) [2019]
  • STV Interview [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)
  • Symposium on Data Loss Detection and Prevention (2015)
  • Chinese Government training on Big Data & Cyber Security (2015)

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences [2020 to date]
  • BCS Member [2018 to date]
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU) / Roster of Experts [2015 to date]

 

Public/Community Engagement

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

 

Visiting Positions

  • Lecturer (Cybersecurity), Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Lyon [2020 to date]
  • Lecturer (Digital Forensics) West College Scotland [2019 to date]