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Research Team


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  Michael Berk

He is a partner and principal consultant of Alton Corp., a Canadian company specialised in cyber and physical security. He has over twenty years of experience in the fields of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and the international and geopolitical security of the Eurasian region. Between 2001 and 2008 he was a researcher at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, focusing his research on Canadian foreign and defence policies and on Eurasian affairs. As a Senior Operations Advisor for the Canadian government from 2009 to 2012, he oversaw the development and implementation of a federal security program focusing on the detection of suspicious behaviour. He obtained a degree in Political Science from the University of York (Toronto) and produced numerous publications on counterintelligence, cybercrime, threat detection by insiders, as well as many studies on international security issues. Since 2016 he has been a member of the OSCE research programme in collaboration with the University of Florence: "Enhancing the Implementation of OSCE Confidence Building Measures to Reduce the Risks of Conflict Stemming from the Use of ICTs". He recently completed research analysing the 2015 UN GGE Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards as part of the Leiden University project sponsored by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs. His recent projects include studies and analyses on propaganda and fake news campaigns, while at the same time he is also a strategic consultant for IT operations for various international institutions in the field of communications and military defence. In February 2017 he participated as an expert in developing scenarios and exercises for international security in preparation for the 2018 G7 summit to be held in Canada.




 Marco Ciappelli

Co-founder of ITSPmagazine 
At the intersection of IT security and society

After obtaining a degree in Political Science with a thesis in Sociology of Communication from Cesare Alfieri in Florence, Marco embarked on a career in branding, marketing and advertising. He moved to Los Angeles in 2000, where he worked as an online presence consultant for companies in a wide variety of industries. With the advent and evolution of Social Media, Online Marketing and IoT the profession has become much more exciting and interesting - not only due to the creation of new opportunities, but also due to the strong direct impact that technology began to have on individuals, companies and society; the sociological and psychological repercussions on our lifestyles and the inevitable links with emerging phenomena such as cybersecurity and the privacy of personal data. Marco believed that it was necessary to create a platform that could foster and enable dialogue outside the traditional conversation between experts in information technology. ITSPmagazine tells relevant stories at the intersection of information security and society.




  Mariapaola De Rosa  

Graduated in Law from Federico II in Naples, always passionate about International Relations, she decided to obtain a second Master’s degree in this field. During her studies she began to explore issues related to the digital revolution, with particular attention to its impact on privacy, national security and democratic processes. She won a scholarship to do a research period in California at San Jose State University (SJSU). Here, in California, the heart of the digital revolution, she begins to deepen topics such as Internet Governance and cyberdiplomacy. At the Parthenope University of Naples, she organized several seminars on cyber security on specific issues, such as the fight against cybercrime, cybercrime and the acquisition of digital evidence. Moreover, she participated in various conferences on different topics such as “computer, Privacy & Data Protection: The Internet of bodies”; Pubblica Amministrazione e digitale; Big Data; Digital Investigation and Digital Forensics. Currently, she’s working on cyber diplomacy and she is part of the GFCE for the CCSIRS.

  Samuele Foni

He works as a Cybersecurity Engineer at Thales Group, on behalf of which he leads vulnerability assessments and penetration tests on company platforms. He obtained a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2013, subsequently undertaking his Master’s studies at the University of Florence. He has produced some publications, mainly collaborating with the CSSII Center for Cybersecurity and International Relations Studies and with the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Florence. His interests mainly lie within the fields of network security, network management, the Internet of Things and virtual currencies.




 Shujun Li

Shujun Li is a Professor of Cyber Security at the School of Computing and the Director of Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), University of Kent, UK, since November 2017. Before joining the University of Kent, he was a Deputy Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) at the University of Surrey, UK, from 2014 to 2017. His research interests are mostly around interdisciplinary topics covering cyber security, digital forensics and cybercrime, human factors, multimedia computing, and practical applications of artificial intelligence and discrete optimization. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of his research, He is actively working with researchers from other disciplines such as Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Law, and Business. He is currently leading two large EPSRC-funded research projects on human-centric approaches to cyber security, one focusing on privacy protection of leisure travellers. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers at international journals and conferences including two Best Paper Awards, mostly on cyber security. According to Google Scholar, he has an h-index of 41, with over 6000 citations. In 2012 he received an ISO/IEC Certificate of Appreciation, for being the lead editor of ISO/IEC 23001-4:2011 “Information technology – MPEG systems technologies – Part 4: Codec configuration representation”, the 2nd edition of the MPEG RVC (Reconfigurable Video Coding) standard. He is currently on the editorial boards of 5 international journals, and has been on the organising or technical program committees of over 100 international conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of BCS, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Professional Member of ACM. More about his research and professional activities can be found at his personal website




 Lorenzo Mainardi

He obtained a degree in Telecommunications Engineering with a thesis at the "Wireless Security & Sensor Network Lab" from the University of Aalborg (Denmark). The article "Lightweight, Distributed Access Control for Wireless Sensor Networks Supporting Mobility" presented at the ICC 2008 Bejing derived from his thesis. In 2009 he was a Telecom Italia research fellow for the post-graduate Master’s degree "Information & Communication Security" at the "Guido Reiss Romoli High School" in L'Aquila. Within the same master’s he carried out an internship at the Telecom Italia Lab - Security Innovation dealing with anomaly detection on VOIP and SP.I.T (SPam over Internet Telephony). He currently works for Thales Italia dealing with cybersecurity. His interests include issues related to information security, big data, anonymity and online privacy.




  Marco Marcovina

He obtained a degree in Telecommunications Engineering, cum laude, from the Polytechnic University of Turin with a thesis on radar remote sensing held at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering (Polytechnic of Turin) with a thesis on electromagnetic propagation, the General Management Program of ESCP Europe and a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Strategic Studies from the University of Reading. Specialised in the negotiation of international treaties relating to the telecommunications and the space sector, he acted as a delegate and as head of delegation from France, Italy and the United Kingdom to the ITU, a specialised agency of the UN in Geneva, and to the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations. He was spokesman and European coordinator in Geneva at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference, which encompassed negotiations on new generation automotive radar regulations. He conducts research in strategic studies, dealing with mathematical methods for the analysis of terrorism and political risk.




  Pablo Mazurier

Pablo Andrés Mazurier is Ph.D. in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy) with a research project on Internet Governance. He was a researcher at the King's College, University of London (UK) and at the Institut d'Études Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He obtained a Master’s degree cum laude in European and International Studies at the University of Trento (Italy), with a thesis on Sociology of Legal Regimes at the Global level, and a full degree in Law at Austral University (Argentina).




  Negar Mottahedeh

She is a Professor of Media Studies in the Literature program at Duke University. Her research on films, social media and social movements in the Middle East was published by Stanford University Press, Syracuse University Press, Duke University Press and also on the "Wired's Backchannel" platform. on "The Hill" and "The Observer". She holds a PhD from Minnesota University in Comparative Studies, "Discourse and Society" and a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.




  Francesca Nizzi

She obtained a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Florence. She is currently a PhD Student at the Department of Information Engineering of the same university and her research focuses mainly on the areas of network security and routing algorithms in the world of the Internet of Things.




  Pierluigi Paganini

Pierluigi Paganini is a member of the "Threat Landscape Stakeholder" group of ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and of the G7 Cyber Security Working Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He is Director of the Master’s programme in Cyber Security at the Link Campus University in Rome. He is also a security analyst, freelance writer and chief editor of Cyber Defence Magazine.




  Michele Pierri

Michele Pierri is a professional journalist specialised in defence, foreign policy and security. Formerly the editor of and Airpress, today he is the director of Cyber Affairs, the first Italian press agency dedicated to cyber security. His articles and analyses have been published in various national newspapers, including: Rivista militare, the magazine of the Italian Army; the newspapers Italia Oggi, Il Tempo and L'Unità; and Aspenia online, the magazine of Aspen Institute Italia. He is a member of the advisory board of @LawLab, a research laboratory on the digital law of the LUISS University "Guido Carli" of Rome.




  Massimo Ravenna

Massimo Ravenna is an Army Official, specialised in cybersecurity and ICT. He currently works for the Council Presidency, after years in the Defence, from CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), to foreign missions in the Middle East and Europe. After university studies at the Academy of Modena and at the University of Turin, he obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering in Systems and Networks Security from La Sapienza University in Rome, as well as numerous certifications and specialised courses, including the International Law for Cyber Operations at the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn. Co-founder of the CySer Group think tank, he follows the topics of Information Assurance and Risk Management, as well as policies, national strategies and international relations in the cyber field




   Maya Santamaria

Maya Santamaria is an analyst specialised in cyber security and geopolitics. After obtaining a degree in Political Science and International Relations from La Sapienza University in Rome, she obtained a Master's Degree in Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI). She currently works as a Cyber Security Analyst at the company TS-WAY. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with several national and foreign research institutions, including the Institute of Higher Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG) and the Centre for Geopolitics and Safety in Realism Studies (CGSRS) in London




  Jaroslaw Sordyl
IT/OT cybersecurity expert with over 24 years of experience with specialization in Industrial Control Systems, risk and resilience in Industry, incident management and Information Security Management System. Trainer and lecturer cooperate with academia, universities and training centers delivers lectures concerning all aspects of ICS, information security, incident management, risk management (ISO/IEC 27005),
ISMS (ISO/IEC 27001), BCM (ISO/IEC 22301), cyber threats and investigations on cybercrimes. Former Cybersecurity Director at top 5 companies from oil and energy
sector in Poland, responsible for all aspects of industrial cybersecurity. Former Head of Incident Response Team in the one of the biggest energy company in Poland. Member of the management board at EE-ISAC (European Energy – Information Sharing Analysis Center). Holder of many of IT certifications: CISSO, CDFE, CPTE, ISO/IEC 27001- Lead Auditor, CDRE, Lead PenTest Professional.



  Francesca Spidalieri

Francesca Spidalieri is a Senior Fellow for Cyber ​​Leadership at the Pell Centre for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, where she directs the Cyber ​​Leadership research project and the public-private partnership of the Rhode Island Corporate Cyber ​​Security Initiative (RICCI). She is also a cybersecurity advisor for Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and works as a senior researcher for the Cyber ​​Readiness Index 2.0 project of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She is also one of the international cybersecurity experts for the United Nations International Telecommunication Union and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute. Her academic research and publications are mainly focused on the development of cyber leadership, cyber risk management, comparative organisational analysis and cyber organisation and resilience systems at the national level. She regularly lectures on cybersecurity and cyber policies at events in Europe and the United States and contributes to academic articles and other publications.




  Joanna Swiatkowska

Joanna Swiatkowska is Programme Director of the European Cybersecurity Forum, Director of the European Cybersecurity Journal, Senior Research Fellow at the Kosciuszko Institute and a lecturer at the Pedagogical University of Krakow. From 2016 to 2017 she was a member of the Advisory Group for Cybersecurity of the Republic of Poland, working with the Presidential National Bureau of Security (NBS). She has been involved in numerous international initiatives and programs on Cybersecurity, often in collaboration with high-level public institutions. Among others, in 2014 she took part in the Sino-European Cyber ​​Dialogue held in Geneva and Beijing. She is the author of numerous articles, reports and analyses concerning cybersecurity and often intervenes in conferences and seminars at national and international level on various aspects of cybersecurity. In 2016, she took part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on "Cybersecurity and Government Interoperability", organised by the State Department of the United States of America. She holds a PhD in Political Science.




  Lior Tabansky

Lior Tabansky is a cyber power researcher at the Blavatink Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University. In his doctoral thesis entitled "Explaining National Cyber Insecurity: A New Strategic Defense Adaptation Analytical Framework" he comparatively analysed national strategies and the protection of critical infrastructures in Singapore, Israel and the United States. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in Security Studies and his thesis "The Role of Advanced Technology in Israel's Struggle Against Palestinian Terrorism, 2000 to 2005", has been very successful and has fostered fierce debate. His book Cybersecurity in Israel, written with Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, is the first complete collection of decades of Israeli policies and operations, and analyses in depth the role that grand strategy and innovation play in security.

last update: 16-Nov-2019
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