Awais Rashid is Professor of Cyber Security at University of Bristol, where he heads the Bristol Cyber Security Group. His research is focused on cyber security of connected critical infrastructure systems. This involves large-scale analysis of security and resilience of the cyber-physical systems and software underpinning critical infrastructure systems, human factors as well as adversarial behaviours based on real-world datasets of cyber criminal activities.

He leads multiple projects as part of two EPSRC-NCSC Research Institutes: Research Institute in Trustworthy, Interconnected, Cyber- Physical Systems (RITICS) and Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security (RISCS); co-leads the Security & Safety Stream within PETRAS: the EPSRC Research Hub on Cyber Security of Internet of Things; heads the National Cyber Security Programme funded Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK) project developing interdisciplinary foundations for the field and is a Co-Investigator of the ESRC Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).

Rashid’s research has an empirical, experimental ethos based on experimentation on real-world critical infrastructure testbeds that the Bristol Cyber Security Group has setup and runs.

Research interests

As a Turing Fellow, Rashid is focusing on novel data science techniques to reason about security and resilience of connected critical infrastructure at scale – befitting the size, connectivity and heterogeneity of platforms, devices and stakeholders in such infrastructures. He will be investigating a number of key research problems including: (1) the type information from the infrastructure and applications/services that is pertinent to reasoning about its security state; (2) novel automated and semi-automated techniques that can ensure resilience and continued operation of the infrastructure when under attack; and (3) the balance between automated reasoning and decision-making and the role of human actors in this regard.

Achievements and awards

Rashid was the Laureate of the Pays de la Loire Chaire Regionale, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France, 2008-2011. He is a member of the EPSRC Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board and is also on the advisory group of the DFG SFB Collaborative Research Centre: CROSSING (Cryptography-Based Security Solutions: Enabling Trust in New and Next Generation Computing Environments) at TU Darmstadt, Germany. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the EPSRC-NCSC Research Institute on Science of Cyber Security.