Dr Benjamin Aziz
Senior Lecturer
School of Computing
University of Portsmouth


·        Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

·        Educational Affiliate Employee Member of the BCS

·        Member of the IEEE


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I am interested in all areas of research related to Cyber and data security.  More specifically, I am interested in the security engineering and modeling of large-scale systems such as Clouds and IoT systems, analysis of Cyber-security datasets to understand Cyber risk and the application of computer science methodologies such as formal modeling, requirements engineering etc. to understand better security and risk in Cyber systems. At the School of Computing, I am a member of the Networks and Security Research Group.



I teach subjects related to Cyber security and cryptography as well as risk management, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Past Experience

Before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2010, I worked as a Senior Research Scientist at 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

Caidong Shi (PhD student, Modelling and Analysing Risk in Smart Energy Systems)

Clive Blackwell (PhD student, A Framework for Designing Digital Forensics Investigations)

Aysha Bukhelli (PhD student, Text-based Steganography and Steganalysis)

Ali Al-Haj (PhD Student, Security Policy Enforcement in Database-Defined Networks)

Dr Gulsum Akkuzu (PhD, finished 2020)

Dr Ali Malik (PhD, finished 2019)

Dr Paul Fremantle (PhD, finished 2017)

Dr Omed Khalind (PhD, finished 2015)

Dr Ioana Sporea (PostDoc, finished 2012)


Benjamin Aziz, 2010 – 2022