Deloitte cyber risk expert appointed professor at DMU

A top cyber security expert from the world's largest professional services network has been appointed a visiting professor at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

Dr Allan Cook, Cyber Risk Director at Deloitte, joins the university’s Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Media (CEM), to help integrate cyber security into all areas of the curricula.

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Dr Allan Cook

“Cyber security impacts every aspect of our digital lives and there is greater awareness today of how our information is accessed and controlled,” said Dr Cook, who holds an MSc and PhD from DMU.

“As the cyber threat evolves, and methods increasingly sophisticated, it is an exciting time to integrate cyber security into the wider computer science, engineering and media curricula.”

Professor David Mba, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean of CEM, said: “Investment in people is essential in a fast-moving industry like cyber security. Allan’s appointment reflects our mutual commitment to ensuring DMU’s cyber security teaching and research is among the best in the industry.”

DMU developed its MSc Cyber Security with Deloitte, which continues to teach the very latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques.

“Allan’s first-hand experience and expertise will give our staff, researchers and students unrivalled insight into the cyber security industry and ensure we remain at the forefront of cyber security,” added Professor Mba.

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DMU is recognised as a leading university for research in cyber security thanks to its Cyber Technology Institute (CTI) – a research hub which focuses on the development of knowledge and technologies to ensure a smart, safe and secure cyberspace.

Last year, the CTI was named the East Midland’s first ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Deloitte is also working with DMU to develop a dedicated research security operations centre to analyse better ways of detecting threats, particularly to systems that underpin national infrastructure.

Dr Cook said: “We continue to work together to find adaptive ways to respond to cyber incidents more effectively and efficiently.”

Posted on Tuesday 11 February 2020

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