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Dr Eliana Stavrou


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PhD in Cybersecurity (University of Cyprus, 2014)

MSc in Advanced Information Technologies (University of Cyprus, 2006)

BSc in Computer Science (University of Cyprus, 2003)


Employment Track

Assistant Professor in Computing, UCLan Cyprus (October 2019 – present)

Lecturer in Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2015 – September 2019)

Senior R & D Manager in Networks & Security, Sigint Solutions Ltd (2006 – 2015)

Associate Lecturer in Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2014 – 2015)

Associate Lecturer in Information Systems, Open University of Cyprus (2015 – 2016)

Teaching Assistant in Computing, University of Cyprus (2005 – 2006)

Security Developer, Cyprus Academic and Research Network (CYNET) (2004 – 2005)

Security Research Associate & Developer, University of Cyprus (2002 – 2005)


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • ACM Women Cyprus
  • ISACA Cyprus Chapter
  • (ISC)2 Cyprus Chapter
  • OWASP Cyprus Chapter
  • Cyprus Computer Society (CCS)
  • Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK)
  • Laboratory of Security and Forensic Research (SAFe Lab), UCLan UK
  • InSPIRE (Interdisciplinary Science Promotion & Innovative Research Exploration) Center
  • Telecommunication Systems Research Lab (TSRL), Open University of Cyprus
  • Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL), University of Cyprus


Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity capabilities development
  • Cybersecurity education & educational technologies
  • Virtualization for security testing and training
  • Cybersecurity toolkits design
  • Internet of Things (IoT) security
  • Cybersecurity situational awareness
  • Adaptive security
  • Threat profiling
  • Intrusion recovery techniques
  • Wireless, mobile, ad-hoc and sensor network security
  • Critical infrastructure protection


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Course Leader, MSc Cybersecurity (Distance Learning, Face to Face)
  • Modules taught: Ethical Hacking, Cyber Defence, Cyber Warfare, Information Security Management, Computer Security, Practitioner Skills, Technology and Information Systems Management, Risk Management

Administrative Roles

  • Founder & Director of Applied Cybersecurity Research Lab
  • Supervising operation of cybersecurity online laboratories
  • Module Leader of several cybersecurity / computing modules
  • Responsible for ensuring security certification alignment with specific security modules



  • Best paper award at International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA), 2017, UK


Professional Certificates

Certified Data Protection Officer (DPO), PECB


Selected  Publications 

  • Ioannou, M., Bada, M, Stavrou, E., Cybersecurity Culture in Computer Security Incident Response Teams: Investigating difficulties in communication and coordination, Cyber Science – International Conference on Cyber Incident Response, Coordination, Containment & Control, June 2019, UK
  • Pierre, J., Stavrou, E., Towards Designing Advanced Password Cracking Toolkits: Optimizing the password cracking process, in Proceedings of ACM UMAP (User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization), Adaptive and Personalized Privacy and Security Workshop, Cyprus, June 2019
  • Parrish, A., Impagliazzo, J., Raj, R. K., Santos, H., Asghar, M. R., Jøsang, a., Pereira, T., Sá, V. J. and Stavrou, E., Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity Education for 2030: A Case for a Meta-discipline, In 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE’18, Companion), Larnaca, Cyprus, 2-4 July 2018
  • Tsokkis, P., Stavrou, E., A password generator tool to increase users’ awareness on bad password construction strategies, International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC), Rome, Italy, 19-21 June 2018
  • Stavrou E., Paspallis, N., A classification platform for security protocols in WSNs, 26th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2017), Cyprus, 6-8 September 2017
  • Stavrou, E., A situation-aware user interface to assess users’ ability to construct strong passwords: A conceptual architecture, International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA), UK, 19-20 June 2017 (Best paper award)
  • Stavrou, E. and Stavrou, S., Intrusion Recovery in NLOS WSNs with a Varying Network Density, 24th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT), Cyprus, 3-5 May 2017
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Situation aware intrusion recovery policy in WSNs, International Conference On Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics And Assessment (CyberSA), London, UK, June 2016
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., A Survey on Secure Multipath Routing Protocols in WSNs, Computer Networks Journal (COMNET), Volume 54, Issue 13, September 2010, Pages 2215-2238
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Recovering from the selective forwarding attack in WSNs – Enhancing the recovery benefits of blacklisting and rerouting using directional antennas, International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC), Nicosia, Cyprus, August 2014
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Security Evaluation Methodology for Intrusion Recovery Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks, 15th ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems, MSWiM’ 12, Paphos, Cyprus, October 21–25, 2012
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Vulnerability Assessment of Intrusion Recovery Countermeasures in Wireless Sensor Networks, 16th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), Kerkyra, Greece, June 28- July 1, 2011
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Combating persistent adversaries in Wireless Sensor Networks using directional antennas, 18th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT), Ayia Napa, Cyprus, May 8-11, 2011
  • Stavrou, E., Pitsillides, A., Hadjichristofi G, and Hadjicostis, C., Security in future mobile sensor networks: issues and challenges, International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT 2010), Athens, Greece, July 26-28, 2010


Selected Seminar Presentations 

  • Social engineering: The art of human manipulation, training session delivered to national governmental and private organizations, Cyprus, 2017-2019
  • Be a Cyber Scientist, UCLan Cyprus, January 29th-31st, 2019
  • Cybersecurity attacks and countermeasures – Every day examples, University of Cyprus, March 1st, 2018
  • Cyber security situational awareness: An insight tool for effective defence, Cyprus Institute, March 22nd, 2018
  • Crack the Code, 1st Science Festival, UCLan Cyprus, 8-11 December 2016
  • Defend your castle: Think like a hacker, 2nd Cyprus Penetration Testing Competition, September 17th, 2016
  • Introduction to password cracking, UCLan Cyprus Open Day, July 14th, 2016
  • Cyber security awareness, Grammar School, February 12th, 2016
  • Steps to a successful penetration test, 1st Cyprus Penetration Testing Competition September 19th, 2015


Selected Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • IdealVis – Intelligent Data Exploration and Adaptive MeaningfuL Visualizations, funded by Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation, Task Leader, €194,575, 2019 – 2011
  • 2BeConnected – University Liaison Officers for the Labor Market project, funded by European Social Fund, Task Leader, €99,988, 2018-2019
  • Be A Cyber Scientist, funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and Python Software Foundation, Primary investigator, €2,744, 2019
  • LOCME – Localization of Mobile Terminals, funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Researcher, €74,026, 2011-2013
  • 4GOPEN – Optimization and Convergence for Next Generation Networks, funded by EUREKA-EUROSTARS, Researcher, €205,880, 2009-2011
  • ASPIDA – Security in Wireless Sensor Networks, funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Primary investigator, €115,458, 2006-2010
  • UNITE – Virtual Distributed Testbed for Optimisation and Coexistence of Heterogeneous Systems, funded by EU FP6, Work Package leader, €234,746, 2006-2009
  • SKINIKO – Designing secure and robust mobile services for home healthcare environments, funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Primary investigator, €55,000, 2004-2005
  • PKI Pilot: A PKI Infrastructure to serve the needs of the Academic Community in Cyprus, funded by Cyprus Research and Academic Network (CyNet), Primary investigator, €22,369, 2004-2005


Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Mentor, Doctoral School, European Security and Defence College (ESDC), Brussels
  • Oxford Martin Associate, Member of expert advisory panel, Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre, Oxford University, UK
  • Founding member and organizing committee of Cyprus Penetration Testing Competition
  • Advisory Board, Cyprus European Cyber Security Competition (ECSC)
  • ISACA Academic Advocate
  • Member of the working group (WG) on “Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity Education”, ITiCSE 2018
  • Chair of Cybersecurity track at the 23rd Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 2018
  • Chair of Security & Privacy track, 26th International Conference on Information Systems Development, 6-8 September 2017, Cyprus
  • Programme committee, International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (Cyber SA), UK, 2017-2020
  • Programme committee, International Conference on Cyber Incident Response, Coordination, Containment & Control (Cyber Incident), UK, 2017-2020
  • Programme committee, International Conference on Cyber Security and Protection of Digital Services (Cyber), UK, 2017-2020


Selected List of BSc/MSc Thesis supervision

  • Aristos Nicolaou (MSc): Evaluation of anti-ransomware solutions, 2018-19
  • Panayiotis Krommydakis (MSc): 24 Hours Digital Forensics Analysis Tool, 2018 -19
  • Frixos Theodoulou (MSc): Attack vectors demonstrated via a portable emulated city model training platform, 2018 – 19
  • Damianos Papadamianou (MSc): Password Policy Validator Tool based on Best Practice Standards, 2018 -19
  • Marios Ioannou, Cybersecurity Culture in Organizations – Understanding the factors related to developing an organizational context and the difficulties faced in communicating and cooperating within a CSIRT, 2017-18
  • Antreas Ioannou, Evaluation of the readiness of Cypriot companies on incident handling, 2017-18
  • Michael Ioannou, Towards GDPR compliance: Evaluating data removal tools, 2017-18
  • Pierre Jourdan (MSc): Ultimate Password Awareness Toolkit (UPAT), 2016 -17
  • Efthymios Hadjimichael (MSc): Power and resistance in cyberspace: towards a framework for cyber attacks’ analysis, 2016 -17
  • Pieris Tsokkis (BSc): Password generation and profiling tool, 2016 -17
  • Elena Kafkalia (BSc): Cyber security training – Implementing a security scoring engine in Python, 2016 -17
  • George Louka (BSc): Threat profiling using Raspberry Pi, 2016 -17
  • Ioannis Parpounas (BSc): Cyber security training and awareness through virtualization – A corporate case study, 2016 -17