RISCS Honorary Fellows

In recognition of their past contribution to the RISCS mission, as well as our growth as an institution, we are proud to name the following cyber security leaders as RISCS Honorary Fellows:

Dr Shari Lawrence Pfleeger

Dr Shari Lawrence Pfleeger

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger is well-known for her work in software engineering and cyber security. Most recently, she was the Research Director for Dartmouth College’s Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, a consortium of leading universities, national laboratories, and nonprofit institutions dedicated to strengthening the U.S. cyber infrastructure.

She has also held several research and teaching positions at universities in the United States and United Kingdom, including City University of London, Durham University, the University of Maryland and Howard University. Named repeatedly by the Journal of Systems and Software as one of the world’s top software engineering researchers, Dr. Pfleeger is the author of more than one hundred articles and dozens of books.

She has testified before Congress on cyber security risk, and she often appeared in the media. She has been associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Software, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and editor-in-chief of IEEE Security & Privacy. Dr. Pfleeger was also the founding chair of ACM’s Committee on the Status of Women and Minorities.

Pfleeger is currently an award-winning poet, and she sits on the board of Alice James Books, a collaborative press giving voice to poets who inspire change.

Professor Chris Hankin

Professor Chris Hankin

Professor Hankin joined Imperial College London in 1984 and was promoted to Professor of Computing Science in 1995. He served as Dean for Engineering (2000-2003), Pro Rector for Research (2004-2006) and Deputy Principal for Engineering (2006-2008).  He was Director and then Co-Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology from 2010 until 2019. His research is in cyber security, data analytics and theoretical computer science. He leads multidisciplinary projects focused on providing better decision support to defend against cyber attacks for both enterprise systems and industrial control systems.  He has published about 130 publications including 3 textbooks and 7 edited volumes.

He is Director of the UK Research Institute on Trustworthy Inter-connected Cyber-physical Systems (RITICS) which focuses on cyber security of critical infrastructure. He is founder and immediate past chair of the UK’s Academic Resilience and Security Community (Academic RiSC).  He is a Board Member for the International Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (INCS-CoE) which is a new collaboration between leading cyber security research centres in the UK, US and Japan.

He is immediate past chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Europe Council.  He serves on the ACM Publications Board, as Co-Chair of the Assessment and Search Committee, and chairs the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee.

Alex Ashby

Alex Ashby

Alex founded his first internet company in 1996, before moving to work on early real-time trading systems at an investment bank. Founding a Managed Service Provider in 2003, building, maintaining and securing networks for hundreds of clients. This led to work on incident response and insider attacks collaborating with Deloitte Consulting, Mishcon de Reya, and the Met Police, including on Operation Tuleta, the “celebrity hacking” investigation.

A mid-career Masters in Software and Systems Security at the University of Oxford, in 2014, inspired academic collaborations and a seat on the Advisory Board at RISCS. Research in a number of subject fields has resulted in work and talks on classification of small business networks, efficacy of security standards, cyber-insurance as a risk control, insider attacks in SME and prediction models for software vulnerabilities and their exploitation (Winning the SC magazine best use of ML award in 2021). Since selling the MSP in 2019 Alex has worked on consulting around cyber insurance, building data systems to manage and measure cyber risk, and preforming security assessments on behalf of leading underwriters, including for the world’s largest crypto currency insurance policy.