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Here’s a few of my academic memories from 2018.

ENUSEC have had a great year. They started it with a trip to the Middle East:

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Dr Razeem Asif’s excellent paper:

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The highest ever turnout for a Blockchain Meetup:

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A Bug Bounty from Fanduel:

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A nice paper on security risk:

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And an invite to present at the University of Edinburgh on Blockchain:

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And throughout the year, we have been inspired by Chal from the DHI:

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And our SOCLAB progressed from a building site to some interesting presentations:

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And Spirtus have also been our guiding light:

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And it was off to the Health and Social Care conference:

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Which was supported by the ever present Check Point:

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At which Spiritus was one of the highlights in their innovation:

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And then Cyber Risks conference at Gogarburn:

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And at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange awards, the collaboration with CM2000 and DHI was highlighted:

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And I was lucky enough to gain an award:

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Our work with Trisent has also progressed through the year:

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And just before the Beast from the East:

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And our great students:

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And one of the stars of the year was Zonefox (meeting with a Scottish Minister):

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Zonefox moved up town:

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And, as it was March, it was time TourDuHack 2018:

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And some Splunk Cyber challenges:

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For April, I had the chance to show my city with Richard Demar

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And Jamie Graves popped-up again with an award:

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And we were off to the Scottish Government to raise awareness on Cyber Security:

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Adrian Smales and Liam Bell have pushed forward our work in integrating state-of-the-art digital methods — along with the DHI — into our simulated hospital at Sighthill. Here is the home environment:

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And, with our amazing collaboration with Satisnet, SOCLAB that was launched in April:

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And the wonderful Satisnet:

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And that inspirational person popped up again at EiE18:

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I was down to CRESTCon/IISP Congress in May:

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and then onto Smart Cities 2018:

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And out students were showcasing their excellence:

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And a nice paper:

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And throughout our work — led from our side by Adrian Smales — continued with ARMED:

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And we signed a collaborative agreement with Blockpass to create a world’s first Identity Research Lab — the Blockpass Identity Lab:

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And it was off to Glasgow for a bit of cyber security:

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And off to Glasgow again for the Socitm conference:

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And bumped into one of Manchester’s finest:

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And our great students told their story:

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We continued to engage with industry around Cyber awareness. Here is one with a leading financial institution in Edinburgh:

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And off to London with Blockpass:

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And we have been so lucky to work with such talented people as Adam Vaziri and Hans Lombardo:

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And Joanna Cherry QC MP was regular visitor, and here she was asking advice on issues related to Cybersecurity:

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And Solomon gained his PhD (here he is with his examiners):

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And then it was the Conference on Big Data and the Cyber Revolution:

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And then for Holyrood Connect:

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And, as an academic, I strongly believe in collaboration:

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It was IoT security in June in beautiful surroundings:

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And a government hosted event for citizen engagement (and a catch-up with another Crypto professor):

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And, all the time, ENUSEC continued to develop:

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Our collaborations continue:

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And SOCLAB got into running mode:

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And I gave a keynote at the SICSA PhD conference in Aberdeen:

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And July 2018 saw us sawing goodbye to our graduates:

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And I received my OBE in my most favouriate city in the world:

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It was off to Zug — the capital of Crypto, and a nice reward:

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And we did many events with the Law Society of Scotland:

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And Jamie was there again showcasing the best of Cybersecurity:

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And a nice paper:

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And Satisnet, too, were winning awards:

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And I was lucky to be part of the UK Government list of 40 Influencers in the UK:

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And we started the recruitment for our PhD studentships for the Blockpass ID Lab. Here is Adam and Liam:

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and the collaborations started:

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Along with some Bluetooth hacking:

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And so privacy preserving work:

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And, with Antoni and Connor, we published a book on GDPR:

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And we continued to develop with digital health infrastructure:

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And into side channels:

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I finally gained a Principal Fellowship of HEA:

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and it was off to the Whiskey Society to present some Crypto:

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And I go my ID stolen by crypto bots:

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And, in collaboration with Satisnet, we started some new SOC apprentices:

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And off to talk some Cybersecurity with UK defence leads:

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And I have got to post my fav pic of the year:

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And then off to Jersey:

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And even had a panel with one of your graduates:

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And then the Blockpass ID Lab launch:

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And a Hackathon:

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And at Scotland IS:

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And Dr Owen Lo cracking light-weight crypto:

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And, our students, again, doing wonderful things:

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Off to InfoSec 2018 in Dublin:

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And it was Dr Owen Lo again for a presentation at CENSIS 2018:

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And, Zonefox was acquired by Fortinet:

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And a talk at Law Society of Scotland conference:

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And it was our PhD graduations:

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But we lost Prof David Benyon:

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Our 3rd spin-out — Cyan Forensics gained new funding:

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And a nice new paper:

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And we hosted a Health and Social Care conference:

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And our undergraduate programme gained NCSC approval (the first in the UK to get full approval):

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With Adam, we have a new book in progress:

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And there’s lots of student-focused Blockchain activities:

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Well, sometimes you just stand back and appreciate how great our students are … and here is one of our award winners:

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It was Cyber awards times with Cyan Forensics winning best startup:

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A graduate winning Cyber Evangelist of the Year:

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Peter Aaby (and a few other ENUSEC leads):

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ENUSEC just continued with its excellence …

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And I was off to Glasgow:

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And Liam Bell was down in the House of Commons for some Blockchain discussions:

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And our Dean gave an amazing talk for her Professorial lecture:

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And finally ..

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We lost a rebel:

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And I am one of the ones to watch in 2019:

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And it was Christmas lecture time — and back in the place where it all started:

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And … finally … a rest with the best people in the world to work with:

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Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. EU Citizen. Auld Reekie native. Old World Breaker. New World Creator.

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