An internationally renowned cybersecurity expert from Abertay University has been appointed to a key role in the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA).
Professor Karen Renaud will take over the management of the SICSA Cybersecurity Research Theme, alongside Dr Deepayan Bhowmik from the University of Stirling.
They replace the outgoing Professor Chris Johnson and Dr Mike Just.
Professor Renaud – who has been working at Abertay since 2017 – said she was excited to be appointed to the role just months after it was announced that Abertay would lead a new £11.7 million cybersecurity centre as part of the Tay Cities deal.
She added “My role as Theme Leader gives me the opportunity to share the important research conducted at Abertay and other Scottish Universities in the field of cybersecurity with professionals and academics from across Scotland.
“The sector is rapidly expanding, and regular debate and dialogue between academia and industry is more important than ever to help us deal with the very real threat of cybercrime.”
Abertay offers BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking, MSc Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity and BSc (Hons) Computing from its Division of Cybersecurity, with students learning about penetration testing, digital forensics, human-computer interaction, usable security, IoT, secure software development, artificial intelligence, and parallel programming.