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 Nabeel Khan is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for BSc Cybersecurity at the University of Chester. Nabeel has been the lead researcher for numerous national and international research projects, funded by the European Commission (e.g., CONCERTO), U.K. research councils (e.g., EPSRC), U.K. Technology Strategy Board/Innovate-UK., and international industries (DoCoMo Eurolabs Munich). He gained his PhD in Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks from Kingston University, London, in 2013. He joined the University of Chester in 2021 as the Program Leader to further develop and deliver Cybersecurity courses. His research interests are in Network Security, Machine Learning techniques for threat hunting, and Cloud computing.


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) https://www.c-mric.com. Detailed profile for Cyril can be found on https://www.c-mric.com/cyril


Keynote Speakers

Mini Track Chairs

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) https://www.jinfowar.com/ ; 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:

 Dr Chris Flaherty has had a varied career withtin the cyber domain. He is now retired, but a regular contributor. on various topics on in “Space and Defence” https://spaceanddefense.io/?s=flaherty


Dr. Char Sample is the Chief Cybersecurity Research Scientist for the Cybercore division at Idaho National Laboratory. Dr. Sample is a visiting academic at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK and a guest lecturer at Bournemouth University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and Royal Holloway University. Dr. Sample has over 20 years’ experience in the information security industry. Dr. Sample’s research focuses on deception, and the role of cultural values in cybersecurity events. More recently she has begun researching the relationship between human cognition and machines. Presently Dr. Sample is continuing research on modeling cyber behaviors by culture, other areas of research are data resilience, cyber-physical systems and industrial control systems.

Workshop Facilitators

Dr Edwin “Leigh” Armistead is the Principal of ArmisteadTec LLC, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) that is certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HBZ), https://www.armisteadtec.com/.  This company primarily focuses on the academic functions of Information Warfare (IW), to include curriculum development, teaching as well as other related tasks to include lecturing and writing. A retired United States Naval Officer, Dr Armistead 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) https://www.jinfowar.com/; 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.