ECCWS Biographies

Below are the ECCWS Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Dr Thaddeus Eze is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at the University of Chester. He is the founder and convener of the IEEE UK & Ireland YP Postgraduate STEM Research Symposium, Vice Chair, IEEE UK & Ireland Young Professionals, a technical committee member for a number of international conferences (e.g., ICAS, CYBERWORLDS, EMERGING etc.), and currently runs the Computer Science departmental research seminar series. His research interests include Trustworthy Autonomics, MANET and Cyber Security (specifically, Return Oriented Programming, Policing the Cyber Threat and Cyber Education) and he has a number of publications in these areas.

Dr Lee Speakman is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for Cybersecurity at the University of Chester. Lee has worked in Defence since 1999. He has gained experience in Intelligence, Strategy, Electronic Warfare, Communications, and Networking.  He gained his PhD in MANETs from Niigata University, Japan, in 2009, and returned to Defence to work in Cyber and Information Security, and related areas.  He joined the University of Chester in 2015 as the Programme Leader to develop and deliver Cybersecurity courses.  His research interests are in software and system security.
Dr Cyril Onwubiko is the Secretary, IEEE UK & Ireland, Chair, IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group, and Director, Cyber Security Intelligence at Research Series Limited, where he is responsible for directing strategy, IA governance and cyber security. Prior to Research Series, he had worked in the Financial Services, Telecommunication, Health sector and Government and Public services Sectors. He is a leading scholar in Cyber Situational Awareness (Cyber SA), Cyber Security, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Data Fusion & SOC; and interests in Blockchain and Machine Learning. He is the founder of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation & Collaboration (C-MRiC) Detailed profile for Cyril can be found on

Keynote Speakers

Phil Byrom is a Merseyside Police Officer with 19 years’ service. Phil is currently seconded to the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit as a Cyber Crime Prevent Officer and is responsible for delivering cybercrime prevention work across 6 North West Police forces. He also works to identify individuals who are on the verge of moving into cybercrime or have committed low level cybercrime and prevent them from either moving into cybercrime or divert them onto positive pathways and use their computer skills in more positive ways.

Will Farrell is a Police Detective with 12 years’ experience, currently working with Cyber Crime Prevent at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit in the UK. Will is responsible for delivery cybercrime prevention work across the 6 police forces in North West England.  Will works to identify individuals on the cusp of committing cybercrime, and once identified, Will seeks to deter and divert them towards more positive pathways.  Before joining the police, Will spent fourteen years in the commercial radio industry, managing the programme output of five radio stations. He was also a successful radio DJ for many popular radio stations.

Louisa Murphy is a Regional Cyber Protect Officer in the Cyber Crime Unit at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. (A collaboration of 6 local police forces).  As part of a national policing network, her role focusses on making the North West a safer place online. She links directly to both the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Action Fraud to obtain the latest cybercrime information and will help organisations to stay on top of the latest cyber security information. Louisa works with the different sectors promoting and encouraging cyber resilience within their organisations. She speaks at conferences and business events to raise awareness of current cyber threats and national advice and best practice so that businesses and individuals can best protect themselves and their information and assets.  She also works with victims to understand how they were targeted and to help them become more cyber secure.

Keith Terrill is a Regional Cyber Protect Officer in the North West Regional Cyber Crime Unit. They’re responsible for delivering the Protect strand of UK Cyber Policing in the North West in conjunction with local forces, Action Fraud and the National Cyber Security Centre. The goal of this is to raise awareness of the latest cyber crime threats impacting businesses and individuals, and highlighting the many practical steps that can be taken to improve cyber resilience. Outside of his role in the NWRCCU Keith has served as a Special Constable (volunteer Police Officer) in Response and Neighbourhood policing for nearly three years and previously worked as Programmer specialising in Networking.

Detective Inspector David Turner has over twenty years of experience in investigating serious, major and organised crime including counter terrorism.  David Turner is presently responsible for managing the North West Regional Cyber Crime Unit to deliver against the Serious Organised Crime Strategy 2018 and National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 – 2021. Their role involves managing all the staff within the Regional Cyber Crime Team including the Regional Coordinator, the Regional Crime Cyber Unit 4P capability as well as the Dark Web and Digital Forensics Team.  They have oversight of all investigations in the RCCU along with Protect, Prevent and Prepare activity ensuring collaboration across a range of sectors from law enforcement overseas to third sector organisations in the UK.

Mini Track Chairs

Dr. Sangapu Venkata Appaji is working as a Professor, at KKR and KSR Institute of Technology and Sciences, Guntur, India. He completed his doctorate in Computer science and Engineering in the area of Cryptography and Network Security from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, INDIA. He has more than 10 years of teaching experience in Computer Science and engineering and Information Technology department for graduate and post graduate students. He supervised IOT, Security related projects for graduate and postgraduate students.

Dr. Shahzad Memon is working as a Professor, at department of Electronics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology at University of Sindh, Pakistan. He completed his

Doctorate PhD in Biometrics security from Brunel University, London, UK. He published his research in several national and international research journals. Dr.Memon attended and presented his research in national and international conferences organized in USA, UK and Europe. Dr. Memon supervised MS and PhD students in the field of Biometrics, Cyber Security and Privacy, Smarts systems security and Cyber Physical systems security. He also granted funding for research from Higher Education commission and ICT Research and Development, Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan..

Dr Brett van Niekerk is a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He serves as chair for the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group on ICT in Peace and War, and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism. He has numerous years of information/cyber-security experience in both academia and industry, and has contributed to the ISO/IEC information security standards. In 2012 he graduated with his PhD focusing on information operations and critical infrastructure protection. He is also holds a MSC in electronic engineering and is CISM certified.

Dr Trishana Ramluckan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Law and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a member of the IFIP working group on ICT Uses in Peace and War, the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa and is an Academic Advocate for ISACA. In 2017 she graduated with a Doctor of Administration specialising in IT and Public Governance and in 2020 she was listed as in the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa. Her current research areas include Cyber Law and Information Technology Governance.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Edwin “Leigh” Armistead is the President of Peregrine Technical Solutions, a certified 8(a) small business that specializes in Cyber Security.  A retired United States Naval Officer, he has significant Information Operations academic credentials having written his PhD on the conduct of Cyber Warfare by the federal government and has published three books, in an unclassified format in 2004, 2007 and 2010, all focusing on full Information Warfare.  He is also the Chief Editor of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW); the Program Director of the International Conference of Cyber Warfare and Security and the Vice-Chair Working Group 9.10, ICT Uses in Peace and War.  Shown below are the books on full spectrum cyber warfare and the JIW: