Dr Nick Pitropakis is a lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the HEA. He is a 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 has participated in research projects such as the SPAGOS, ESPA2007-2013 Researcher Secure & Privacy-Aware eGovernment Services funded by the European Commision and Methods for producing standardized and transparent attribution that overcomes concerns about credibility and helps hold actors accountable for malicious activity funded by the US department of Defence. Prior to joining ENU in 2016, he has worked as Postdoctoral Researcher for Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was involved in a U.S. Department of Defense project (Methods for producing standardized and transparent attribution that overcomes concerns about credibility and helps hold actors accountable for malicious activity) worth of 17.3 million dollars aiming at advanced attribution of malicious parties. His task was to study the combosquatting phenomenon (in which attackers register domains that combine a popular trademark with one or more phrases) over time and prove its importance. 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.
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 guest speaker. Additionally, he and Professor Bill Buchanan have been working 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 20 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 2 PhD students, and their research activities are being disseminated in high quality conferences and journals.