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A New Life - Cybersecurity @ Exeter

After three and a half years in Sheffield, it is, again, time for new challenges. After starting the security group in Sheffield by both making the business case for a security group and being its first member, I am doing it again: I am building a new Cybersecurity Group in Exeter: This time as Professor and Head of Group.

An outdoor swimming pool next to my office. Today, I am starting a “new life” as Full Professor (Chair for Cybersecurity) and Head of Group Cybersecurity Group (in creation) at the Computer Science Department at the University of Exeter (and, yes, there is a outdoor swimming pool next to my new office).

Personally, I plan to continue my research in both a deep understanding of theory and practice and, thus, being able to bridge the gap between theory and practice as well as between industry and academia. My team will continue to work on all kinds of aspects of developing secure, reliable, and resilient software (and hardware) systems.

On a wider perspective, the Cybersecurity Group will include several lecturer positions (the first offer has already been made, and the next call for applications will be out soon). The team will grow fast and support the already excellent and world-leading computer science department in Exeter with their security expertise in research and education.

Having worked for eight years in the global security team of SAP SE, I have a strong understanding of industrial needs and strengths. I am looking forward not only to collaborate with my new colleagues at the university, I am also looking forward to all kinds of collaborations with local industry in Devon, Cornwall, and elsewhere.

Let’s stay in touch and I am looking forward to collaborations opportunities with all of you – regardless if you are working in industry or academia and regardless if we already worked together or not!