Professor Helge Janicke

Job: Professor in Computer Science, Head of School of Computer Science and Informatics, Head of the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Cyber Technology Institute (CTI)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7617




Personal profile

Dr. Janicke obtained his first degree in “practical informatics” from the University of Applied Sciences, Emden (Germany). During his doctoral studies he was funded by the Data and Information Fusion Defence Technology Centre (DIF-DTC), a research consortium of high-tech companies and universities which formed a key plank of the UK Government's future vision for defence technology development. He was awarded his PhD in 2007 from De Montfort University (DMU) and subsequently worked for the DIF-DTC consortium as a Research Fellow, funded jointly by QinetiQ and the Ministry of Defence. In 2008, Janicke worked for the University of Leicester as a Teaching Fellow leading several modules on software engineering, quality assurance and measurement theory. He provided consultancy services to SGS/Ofgem on quality assurance and testing in software used in the UK's gas supply network. Janicke worked on the NATO funded project “Trust Management in Networks of Networks” in collaboration with the University of Maryland (US) and the University of Skopje (Macedonia). In January 2009, Janicke returned to DMU to lead the Computer Security and Trust research theme in the Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL)

Janicke is mainly involved in research supervision and post-graduate teaching in Computer Security and Computer Forensic related subject areas. He is deputy course-leader on the MSc Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security and responsible for informing the wider MSc curriculum with ongoing research in the area of cyber security and forensic. Janicke is a member of the Curriculum Management Group and the Research Management Group that are essential to the development of the department's strategy. He is leading modules on Research Methods, Host-based Security, Digital Evidence, and Advanced Topics in Security, Forensics and Software Engineering as well as providing training courses on the University-wide research training programme. Janicke is principal investigator on a number of funding bids and is coordinating the CSC's collaboration with E-Centre, an EU funded training network for forensic investigators. Janicke is also working as a Training Instructor for Learning Tree International.

Research group affiliations

The Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL)

The Cyber Security Centre (CSC)

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

Janicke's research interests are in the area of computer security, in particular access control and policy-based system management, viz. software systems where security requirements are managed using loosely coupled components that enforce high-level security requirements supporting rapid change and requirement evolution. He is interested in the formal specification and verification of software, particularly security critical components. He is also leading several research activities in the area of Digital Forensics.

All research interests are as follows:

Computer Security

Digital Forensics

Formal Methods

Policy-Based Management

Agile Software Engineering

Quality Assurance

Areas of teaching

Deputy Course-leader for the MSc Professional Practice in Digital Forensics and Security.

Forensics: Digital Evidence Handling and Analysis, Being an Expert Witness, Attack Attribution and Incidence Response, Professional Training.

Security: Host-Based Security, Access Control, Usage Control, Intro to Cryptography, Policy-Based Management, Information Flow Control. 

Software Engineering: Agile Software Development, Scrum, UML, Quality Assurance, Requirements Analysis, Configuration Management, Object-Orientated Design (Patterns), Java Programming.

Research: Research Methods, Writing Skills for Research Students.


Dipl Inf (FH) University of Applied Sciences

PhD in Computer Security at De Montfort University

Courses taught

Digital Evidence

Host-Based Security

Research Methods, Computer Ethics and Law

Advanced Topics in Forensics and Security

Advanced Topics in Software Engineering

Writing Skills

Membership of external committees

Organising committee for the IEEE Symposium on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (2008)

Chaired the Track on Computer Security at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (2011-2012)

Chair of the Track on Attribution, Attrition and Anti-forensics at the 11th European Conference on Information Warfare

Program Committees of POLICY (2007-2011)

INFORMATICS (2007-2012)

European Conference on Information Warfare (ECIW 2007-2012)

The International Workshop on Trust Management in Peer to Peer Systems (IWTMP2PS 2010-2011)

The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Security and Forensics in Communication Systems (2012)

The IEEE Conference on Applied Electrical Engineering and Computing Technologies (2011)

The 3rd Young Researcher Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing

Membership of professional associations and societies



Forthcoming events

AAA conferences can be tracked at ECIW2012

SEC events can be tracked at ACM Symposium Applied Computing: 

1st International Symposium for ICS & SCADA Cyber Security 2013:

Consultancy work

SGS/Ofgem: Advising on Quality Assurance in Software Development.

Learning Tree Instructor

Externally funded research grants information

Project Title: DIF-DTC
Funded By: QinetiQ and MoD
Role: Named researcher

Professional esteem indicators

Chair of the 12th Computer Security Track at the ACM Symposium for Applied Computing

Co-chair of SEC@SAC (201-2011)

Member of the Organizing Committee for the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (POLICY’09)

Chair of the Track on Attribution, Attrition and Anti-Forensics at ECIW (2012)

Long standing member of the Program Committees of POLICY (since 2007), INFORMATICS (since 2007), European Conference on Information Warfare (ECIW 2007-2012), International Workshop on Trust Management in Peer to Peer Systems (IWTMP2PS 2010- 2011), IEEE Workshop on Security and Forensics in Communication Systems (2012) and CyberTrust(2012)

Reviewing for EPSRC and high impact journals such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (IEEE), Journal of Network and System Management (Springer), Transactions on Network and Service Management (IEEE), Future Generation Computer Systems (Elsevier) and International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (Elsevier)

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