Teesside University
Saturday 13 June 2020 -
15:00 to 16:00
The webinar will be delivered via MS Teams.

If you are interested in computer and digital technology, don’t miss this event!

The opportunity to attend a cybersecurity seminar and taster class is back, now with the topic “Cybersecurity: Secure by design or vulnerable by design?” Learn from the experience of an expert from Teesside University in the United Kingdom.

Designing secure and dependable systems is extremely important to protect digital resources and reduce the attack surface. Vulnerabilities can be exploited by attackers, and security breaches can compromise the integrity of systems and expose confidential information. For organisations and end-users, such events can cost dearly and have a negative impact, both financially and in terms of reputation.  

Experts recommend investing more resources on enhancing the design of secure systems rather than just fixing vulnerabilities in existing systems when they are discovered. In this session, we will discuss why understanding security requirements and making security goals explicit is essential to design a system and evaluate its security. In particular, we will consider how cryptographic protocols can be attacked exploiting vulnerabilities that could have been prevented at design time.

Provisional agenda


"Secure by design or vulnerable by design?" by Dr Paolo Modesti
16.00-17.00  One-to-one disscussion with Dr Paolo Modesti / a representative from Teesside University for prospective students (Limited space, booking will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.)


Dr Paolo Modesti

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

I am a senior lecturer in Cybersecurity at the School of Computing and Digital Technologies. My main research interests are languages and tools for security and applied formal methods for security.

I hold a PhD in Computer Science from Ca' Foscari University Venice, Italy, an MSc in Computer Science from University of Udine, Italy and a PGCert in Academic Practice from University of Sunderland, UK.

Before joining Teesside University, I worked as a lecturer at the University of Sunderland, as a post-doctoral research associate at Newcastle University where I contributed to the EU FutureID project. I have been a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark and Telcordia Technologies (USA).

I have also worked as a teacher of Computer Science for the Italian Ministry of Education, as an IT senior officer for the Italian Revenue Agency and as an IT security advisor for the European Union CAFAO mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a licensed professional engineer.

My main research interests are languages and tools for security, applied formal methods for security, focusing on specification language design, modelling and verification of security protocols and generation of security protocols implementations. I developed tools for security using object oriented and functional programming languages.

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