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.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • SecureComm, International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks
  • MSN, International Conference on Mobility, Sensing and Networking
  • IEEE DSC 2022, 2022 IEEE Conference on Dependable and Secure Computing (Local Arrangements Co-chair)
  • ISC, International Conference on Information Security
  • UbiSec, International Conference on Ubiquitous Security
  • ISPEC, International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience
  • STM, International Workshop on Security and Trust Management
  • CyberICPS, International Workshop On The Security Of Industrial Control Systems & Of Cyber- Physical Systems
  • CRYPIS, International Conference on Cryptography and Information Securit
  • DPSC, Digital Privacy and Security Conference
  • ICISSP, The International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy
  • TrustCom, The IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications
  • TrustBus, International Conference on Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business
  • SECURWARE, The International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor of Cybersecurity and Privacy (specialty section of Frontiers in Big Data)
  • MDPI SENSORS Guest Editor of Special Issue "Cyber Situational Awareness in Computer Networks"
  • MDPI SENSORS - Journal Topical Advisory Panel Member

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Lead examiner for MSc Cyber Security (Newcastle and London campuses)
  • External Examiner for Open University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • MDPI SENSORS Editor’s Choice Article: Stamatellis, C., Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., Katsikas, S., & Buchanan, W. J. (2020). A Privacy-Preserving Healthcare Framework Using Hyperledger Fabric. Sensors, 20(22), 6587.
  • MDPI Computers Journal Cover: Hughes K, Papadopoulos P, Pitropakis N, Smales A, Ahmad J, Buchanan WJ. Browsers Private Mode: Is It What We Were Promised? Computers. 2021; 10(12):165.
  • SINCONF 2021, Best Paper Award: Abramson, W., Buchanan, W. J., Sayeed, S., Pitropakis, N., & Lo, O. (2021). PAN-DOMAIN: Privacy-preserving Sharing and Auditing of Infection Identifier Matching.
  • MDPI Computers Journal Cover: Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., Buchanan, W. J., Lo, O., & Katsikas, S. (2020). Privacy-Preserving Passive DNS. Computers, 9(3), 64.

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
  • European Research Council Starting Grant

 

Invited Speaker

  • “Man Against The Machine: Losing My Perception”
  • Attacks against machine learning: Influencing cybersecurity and our everyday life
  • 5G and the Pathway to Privacy-Preserving Infection Tracking and Contact Tracing in SANCUS Project
  • SANCUS: Redefining security and Privacy in Modern ICT Infrastructures
  • NTNU CISaR Workshop
  • Domain Name System abuse

 

Media Activity

  • Discussion at Radio Forth

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Security and Privacy Enhancing Mechanisms for The Android Operating System

 

Reviewing

  • Artificial Intelligence Review - Springer
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (J-SAC)
  • PeerJ Computer Science
  • Sustainability - MDPI
  • Information Sciences - Elsevier
  • International Journal of Medical Informatics
  • Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer
  • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Algorithms MDPI
  • IEEE Access
  • Personal and Ubiquitous Computing - Springer
  • Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Elsevier
  • IET Information Security
  • Security and Communication Networks - Hindawi
  • Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS), RonPub
  • Electronics - MDPI
  • The Computer Journal - Oxford University Press
  • Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction (MAKE) - MDPI
  • Future Internet - MDPI
  • Information - MDPI
  • Cybersecurity - Springer
  • Computer Communications - Elsevier
  • Sensors - MDPI
  • Computers - MDPI
  • Computers and Security (COSE)
  • Technologies - MDPI
  • Applied Computing and Informatics - Emerald
  • Applied Sciences - MDPI
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics
  • Symmetry - MDPI
  • Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing - Hindawi
  • Journal of Cyber Security Technology - Taylor & Francis
  • Journal Of Cloud Computing (JOCCASA), Springer
  • European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS)
  • Systems - MDPI

 

Spin-outs and Licences

  • TrueDeploy

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Researcher

 

Date


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Post Quantum Cryptography Analysis of TLS Tunneling on a Constrained Device

Conference Proceeding
Barton, J., Pitropakis, N., Buchanan, W., Sayeed, S., & Abramson, W. (2022)
Post Quantum Cryptography Analysis of TLS Tunneling on a Constrained Device. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - ICISSP (551-561). https://doi.org/10.5220/0010903000003120
Advances in quantum computing make Shor’s algorithm for factorising numbers ever more tractable. This threatens the security of any cryptographic system which often relies on ...

A New Intrusion Detection System for the Internet of Things via Deep Convolutional Neural Network and Feature Engineering

Journal Article
Ullah, S., Ahmad, J., Khan, M. A., Alkhammash, E. H., Hadjouni, M., Ghadi, Y. Y., …Pitropakis, N. (2022)
A New Intrusion Detection System for the Internet of Things via Deep Convolutional Neural Network and Feature Engineering. Sensors, 22(10), Article 3607. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22103607
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a widely used technology in automated network systems across the world. The impact of the IoT on different industries has occurred in recent ye...

A New Multistage Encryption Scheme Using Linear Feedback Register and Chaos-Based Quantum Map

Journal Article
Alharbi, A. R., Ahmad, J., Arshad, Shaukat, S., Masood, F., Ghadi, Y. Y., …Buchanan, W. J. (2022)
A New Multistage Encryption Scheme Using Linear Feedback Register and Chaos-Based Quantum Map. Complexity, 2022, Article 7047282. https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/7047282
With the increasing volume of data transmission through insecure communication channels, big data security has become one of the important concerns in the cybersecurity domain...

A Smart and Robust Automatic Inspection of Printed Labels Using an Image Hashing Technique

Journal Article
Khan, M. A., Ahmed, F., Khan, M. D., Ahmad, J., Kumar, H., & Pitropakis, N. (2022)
A Smart and Robust Automatic Inspection of Printed Labels Using an Image Hashing Technique. Electronics, 11(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11060955
This work is focused on the development of a smart and automatic inspection system for printed labels. This is a challenging problem to solve since the collected labels are ty...

GLASS: A Citizen-Centric Distributed Data-Sharing Model within an e-Governance Architecture

Journal Article
Lo, O., Buchanan, W., Sayeed, S., Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., & Chrysoulas, C. (2022)
GLASS: A Citizen-Centric Distributed Data-Sharing Model within an e-Governance Architecture. Sensors, 22(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/s22062291
E-governance is a process that aims to enhance a government’s ability to simplify all the processes that may involve government, citizens, businesses, and so on. The rapid evo...

HDL-IDS: A Hybrid Deep Learning Architecture for Intrusion Detection in the Internet of Vehicles

Journal Article
Ullah, S., Khan, M. A., Ahmad, J., Jamal, S. S., e Huma, Z., Hassan, M. T., …Buchanan, W. J. (2022)
HDL-IDS: A Hybrid Deep Learning Architecture for Intrusion Detection in the Internet of Vehicles. Sensors, 22(4), https://doi.org/10.3390/s22041340
Internet of Vehicles (IoV) is an application of the Internet of Things (IoT) network that connects smart vehicles to the internet, and vehicles with each other. With the emerg...

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

Conference Proceeding
Abramson, W., Buchanan, W. J., Sayeed, S., Pitropakis, N., & Lo, O. (2022)
PAN-DOMAIN: Privacy-preserving Sharing and Auditing of Infection Identifier Matching. In 14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networkshttps://doi.org/10.1109/SIN54109.2021.9699138
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...

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. (2022)
Privacy-preserving and Trusted Threat Intelligence Sharing using Distributed Ledgers. In IEEE SINCONF: 14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networkshttps://doi.org/10.1109/SIN54109.2021.9699366
Threat information sharing is considered as one of the proactive defensive approaches for enhancing the overall security of trusted partners. Trusted partner organizations can...

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. (2022)
GLASS: Towards Secure and Decentralized eGovernance Services using IPFS. In Computer Security. ESORICS 2021 International Workshopshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95484-0_3
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...

Ransomware: Analysing the Impact on Windows Active Directory Domain Services

Journal Article
McDonald, G., Papadopoulos, P., Pitropakis, N., Ahmad, J., & Buchanan, W. J. (2022)
Ransomware: Analysing the Impact on Windows Active Directory Domain Services. Sensors, 22(3), https://doi.org/10.3390/s22030953
Ransomware has become an increasingly popular type of malware across the past decade and continues to rise in popularity due to its high profitability. Organisations and enter...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • SECANT (European Commission)

Current Post Grad projects