Pierre Ciholas

I am a PhD student supervised by Dr. Daniel Prince and Dr. Angelos Marnerides, who was awarded a studentship by Lancaster University following my Cyber Security MSc.

I began my research work during my MSc thesis in which I attempted to create a framework to link vulnerabilities and weaknesses in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) incidents, evaluating the possibility of detecting these “composite vulnerabilities” before incidents happen. I then began my PhD by studying in more details the various characteristics of the different types of CPS, before narrowing down my research to Building Management Systems and Industrial Control Systems. After a thorough investigation of both the state of the art and state of practice of the security of these systems, I am now writing my PhD thesis along with its core contribution: A framework to assess the security of devices.

Research interests:
  • Cyber-Physical Systems security, with special focus on Building Management Systems and Industrial Control Systems.
  • Malware, reverse engineering, and vulnerability research, mainly on operating systems.
  • Network communications and systems security