Professor Nathan Clarke

Professor Nathan Clarke

Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics


2004-2005 PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
2001-2004 PhD, "Advanced User Authentication for Mobile Devices"
1996-2001 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (1st Class)

2010 IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional
2010 AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
2013 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

Chartered Engineer (CEng), July 2006
Fellow of the British Computing Society (FBCS), April 2010
Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE)

Journal Editorships:

Editorial Board Member, Computers & Security, Elsevier
Associate Editor, Security & Communication Networks, John Wiley
Associate Editor, Communications and Computer Security, ACTA Press
Editorial Board Member, The Scientific World Journal (Communications & Networking), Hindawi Publishing
Editorial Board Member, Mobile Computing, World Academic Publishing

Referring for Journals:

Referee, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, World Scientific.
Referee, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications & Networking, IGI Global
Referee, Information Security Technical Report, Elsevier
Referee, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Springer
Referee, Journal on Personal and Ubiquitous Computing: Special Issue: Security and Trust in Context-Aware Systems, Springer
Referee, International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG), Inderscience
Referee, IET Information Security, IET
Referee, KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
Guest Editor, Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 18, No. 5, 2010
Associate Editor, Communications and Computer Security, ACTA Press
Referee, Computer Standards and Interfaces, Elsevier
Referee, Journal of Mobile Networks & Applications, Springer
Guest Editor, Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2010
Referee, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Special Issue on Advances in Digital Forensics for Communications and Networking
Referee, International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach, IGI Global
Referee, International Journal of Computer Science and Security, Computer Science Journals
Referee, Journal of Systems and Software, ElsevierReferee, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, IEEE
Referee, The Computer Journal, Oxford Journals
Guest Editor, Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2009
Referee, Computers & Security, Elsevier
Referee, Recent Patents in Computer Science, Bentham Science
Referee, IET Signal Processing, IET
Referee, Security & Communication Networks, John Wiley & Sons
Referee, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Elsevier
Guest Editor, Information Management & Computer Security, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2007
Referee, Information Sciences, Elsevier
Referee, Journal for Information Warfare

Roles on external bodies

Adjunct Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Chair, IFIP TC11 Working Group 11.12 Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance
Member, IFIP TC11 Working Group 11.1 on Information Security Management
Member, IFIP TC11 Working Group 11.6 on Identity Management

Teaching interests

Module Delivery

CNET115 Computer & Information Security* 
CNET117 Digital Forensics*
CNET335/522 Cybercrime & Forensic Investigation* 

Previous Module Delivery:

SOFT230 Remote Data Access Technology
CNET221 Network Security
CNET232/525 Systems Security* 
COMP212 Software Engineering and High Level Programming
COMP223 High Level Programming
CNET338/538 Security for Mobile Systems*
CNET336/532 Cryptography & Applications*  
CNET520 Applications of Security 
CNET531 Intrusion Prevention, Detection & Response* 

*Developed module

Research interests

Biometric Authentication
Digital Forensics

Information Systems Security
Intrusion Detection Systems
Security Management and Risk Assessment
Security Education and Awareness

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

1. Dr Vassilis Dimopoulos, Effective Information Assurance with Risk Management (2007)
2. Dr Tarik Ibrahim, Improving Intrusion Prevention, Detection and Response (2011)
3. Dr Nor Badrul Anuar Jumaat, Incident Prioritisation for Intrusion Response Systems (2012)
4. Dr Shukor Razak, A Two-Tier Intrusion Detection System for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (2007)
5. Dr Gina C Tjhai, Anomaly-Based Correlation of IDS Alarms (2011)
6. Dr Fudong Li, Intrusion Prevention and Detection for Mobile Systems (2012)
7. Dr Shuhaili Talib, Personalising Information Security Education (2013)
8. Dr Witold Thaul, The Support of Learning Processes via Personal Knowledge Management Education (2013)
9. Dr Frank Doelitzscher, Security & Privacy for Cloud Computing (2014)
10. Dr Hataichanok Saevanee, Enhancing Authentication over a Touch Screen Interface (2014)
11. Dr Christopher Kosmas, Secure Tracking System for Next Generation CIT Products (2014)
12. Dr Chris Hocking, Authentication Aura (2015)

Grants & contracts

Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Essential 6 Ltd. 2015: £124,000
Security Consultancy. Kernow Health Solutions. 2014: £5000
EPSRC. Identifying and Responding to Human and Software Behaviours in a Changing Cyber Threat Landscape. 2013: £173,383 (Total Award: £1.0M)
Teaching Fellowship Award – e-Invigilator. Plymouth University. 2012: £8100
EU Framework 7 Grant. Centre of Excellence in Cybercrime and Forensics: 2012: £7800 (Total Award: £800k)
EU Framework 7 Grant. Geryon. 2011: €478K (Total Award: €2.5M)
EU Framework 7 Grant. Space Data Routers. 2010: £220,000 (Total Award: £1.6)
Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Absolute Software Limited. 2010: £183,094
Knowledge Transfer Partnership. K2 Medical Systems. 2008: £115,804.
Teaching Fellowship Award – Peer Assessment. University of Plymouth. 2008: £4900
Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Spinnaker International. 2008: £141,599
Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Westland Geoprojects Limited. 2008: £109,633
DTI Funded project into Behavioural Monitoring of Network Communications. 2007: £40,000
End Point Compliance. Symantec.2007: £7,000
Flexible and non-intrusive user authentication for mobile devices. EduServ Foundation. 2006: £80,390
Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Parker Hannifin 2005: £174,000
Subscriber Authentication via Keystroke Analysis on a mobile handset. Orange Personal Communication Services Limited. 2004. £19,814
Biometric Terminal, Phase 1. Orange Personal Communication Services Limited. 2003: £55,000
PC Integrity Testing. Plymouth Trading Standards. 2003-2004: £1,250
WinCPR Software Development. SAHFOS. 2002: £4,000

Research groups

  • Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN)


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