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Dr Benjamin Aziz
Senior Lecturer
School of Computing
University of Portsmouth


Š       Leader of the M.Sc. degree in Computer and Information Security

Š       Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK

Š       Educational Affiliate Employee Member of the BCS


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My current research interests are in the areas of security engineering for large-scale distributed systems (e.g. Grids, Clouds, IoT etc.), digital forensics, formal modeling and analysis of security properties, security configuration analysis, security requirements engineering, trust and reputation management, and steganography.  I am a member of the Network and Security Research Group in the School of Computing.



The subjects I teach range from security and cryptography at the undergraduate level, to computer security, risk management and requirements engineering at the postgraduate levels.


Past Experience

Before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2010, I worked as a Senior Research Scientist in the e-Science Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.  Before that, I was a researcher at several academic institutes, including Imperial College London, University College Cork and Dublin City University.



I am a member of several academic networks and working groups including ERCIM Formal Methods for Industrial and Critical Systems, ERCIM Security and Trust Management and IFIP WG 11.3 on Data and Application Security and Privacy.  In the past, I was also a member of EPSRC’s CryptoForma network, and I worked in several European projects involving a substantial element of research in security and trust management, including FP6 projects GridTrust and XtreemOS and FP7 project Consequence. I am currently an Associate Editor of Wiley’s Security and Communication Networks journal, and I am a member of several program committees for international conferences and workshops.


Current and Past Research Supervisions

Ali Al-Bdairi (PhD student, security and risk management in software-defined networking)

Mehdi Behamin (PhD student, Formal analysis of IoT Protocols)

Vijayalakshmi Chakravarthy (PhD student, Program parallelization using Cloud Computing)

Paul Fremantle (PhD Student, IoT Security Middleware)

Sara Kadry (PhD Student, Security of Cloud-based IoT Systems)

Craig Sheridan (PhD Student, Fault Injection in Cloud Environments)


Dr Omed Khalind (finished 2015)

Dr Ioana Sporea (finished 2012)


Benjamin Aziz, ©2010 – 2016