Cyber security academic expert attends Brazil summit

A University of Wolverhampton academic has taken his cyber security expertise to South America recently.

Professor of Cyber Security and Director of the University of Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI), Prashant Pillai attended a Cyber Security Summit in Sao Paolo, Brazil and was one of a number of key speakers from around the world.

Nearly 200 people attended the global two-day conference which brought together industry professionals, thought-leaders, IT managers, government officials and analysts to focus on cybercrime, machine learning, identity fraud, the insider threat and security metrics.

Other noted speakers included David Brassanini, FBI Chief of Operations and Rafael Salema, Leader of the Cybernetic Exportation Team in the Brazilian Air Force.

Professor Pillai talked about the challenges and opportunities facing security for the critical national infrastructure, looking at threats faced by power, water and transport networks. He works with over 20 academics at the University who are researching Cyber Security, Data Science and Cyber Physical systems.

With almost 16 years’ research experience specialising in the areas of communication networks, cyber security and intelligent algorithms, Professor Pillai has led several projects funded by the European Union, Innovate UK, European Space Agency and the British Council.

He said:  “The Summit was very well attended with delegates from the private and public sector, academia and armed forces giving an excellent platform to discuss the ever rising threats in the critical infrastructure area.

“This is a global problem faced by developed and developing countries.  The WCRI specialises in security for critical national infrastructure with a current focus on detection, prevention and innovative solutions for large scale co-ordinated attacks on complex systems.”

The University of Wolverhampton offers undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Cyber Security in its School of Mathematics and Computer Science. The WCRI is jointly developing a £9 million Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford in partnership with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Herefordshire Council.

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