Prof. Leandros Maglaras
Professor of Cybersecurity at Edinburgh Napier University, UK
4th May 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm GST
Critical Infrastructures Protection – Current Challenges and Solutions
The digital revolution has made people more dependent on ICT technology to perform everyday tasks, whether at home or at work. The systems that support critical aspects of this smart way of living are characterized as critical, and the security level of such systems is higher as compared to others. The definition of the criticality of a system is a rather difficult exercise, and for that reason, we have seen novel cybersecurity regulations to introduce the idea of digital managed services, which include security monitoring, managed network services, or the outsourcing of business processes that are critical to the functioning, reliability, and availability of Critical National Infrastructures (CNIs). A number of attacks target any chain of the ecosystem of processes, people, organizations, and distributors involved in the creation and delivery of a final solution or product that can be used or incorporated into a CNI, thus further extending the scope of the security posture of a system. Cyber attacks are increasing at rate and pace, forming a major trend. The widespread use of computers and the Internet, coupled with the threat of activities of cyber criminals, has made it necessary to pay more attention to the detection or improve the technologies behind information security. The rapid reliance on cloud-based data storage and third-party technologies makes it difficult for industries to provide security for their data systems. Cyber attacks against critical systems are now common and recognized as one of the greatest risks facing today’s world.
Leandros A. Maglaras is a professor of Cybersecurity in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. From September 2017 to November 2019, he was the Director of the National Cyber Security Authority of Greece. He obtained a B.Sc. (M.Sc. equivalent) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, M.Sc. in Industrial Production and Management from the University of Thessaly in 2004, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Thessaly, in 2008 and 2014 respectively. In 2018 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Intrusion Detection in SCADA systems from the University of Huddersfield. He is featured in Stanford University's list of the world’s Top 2% scientists. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is an author of more than 200 papers in scientific magazines and conferences.