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Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Crypta Labs Appoints Transport Cybersecurity Expert

Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Crypta Labs Appoints Transport Cybersecurity Expert
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Dr Siraj Shaikh

Dr Siraj Shaikh

Dr. Siraj Shaikh joins London-based Quantum and Mobile Security Startup, Crypta Labs, in an advisory capacity focusing on the cybersecurity risks posed by connected vehicles

London-based quantum and mobile security start-up Crypta Labs has strengthened its cybersecurity expertise with the appointment of leading transport security expert, Dr. Siraj Shaikh. This is the latest in a series of expertise-led appointments for the company, which has bolstered in-house knowledge across key markets of financial services, health and transport.

Siraj is uniquely qualified in the arena of transport security, having spent his career in academia; his primary research interest being systems security, and the intersection between cybersecurity, systems engineering and traditional computer science.

His work has addressed a range of problem domains including;

– automotive cybersecurity
– rail safety
– monitoring of insider and stealthy attacks
– software assurance

Siraj has spent several years researching cybersecurity and safety aspects of distributed systems, and also developed an intelligent control and guidance system for unmanned logistics vehicles. His doctoral and post-doctoral research involved design and verification of security and safety-critical systems.

Siraj, who is currently a Reader in Cyber Security at Centre for Mobility and Transport Research at Coventry University, UK, was also on seconded to the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), (the UK’s innovation network) from February 215 till May 2016. Siraj is a Chartered Fellow of BCS − The Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS CITP) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci). He is also Vice-Chair for the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 6 on Communication Systems.

CEO of Crypta Labs, Joe Luong, said of the appointment,

“This has been a momentous 12 months for Crypta Labs; we have been joined by some of the brightest and best cybersecurity, fintech and IoT talent in the world, and I’m delighted that Siraj will be working with Crypta Labs, and further bolstering the deep expertise of our advisory board.

Transportation hacks are one of the most terrifying threat areas posed by the Internet of Things, and is further motivating us in our journey to secure the Internet of Things through enhanced encryption.”

Of joining Crypta Labs’ Advisory Board, Siraj said,

“This is a critical time in the development of internet-connected vehicles; there can be no ambiguity about the need for the highest levels of cybersecurity, of which encryption is a core element.”

About Crypta Labs:
Crypta Labs is a UK-based mobile security startup, developing a Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG); this is a true random number using the quantum property of light. Random numbers are used to seed encryption. Crypta Labs is the only company in the world, that they know of, which is commercialising the QRNG on a mobile device.

– Winner Cybersecurity Awards for Cybersecurity Startup of the Year 2015
– TechUK and InfoSec Top 10 Most Innovative Cybersecurity Startup 2015
– Finalist at the Citi Mobile Award Challenge 2015
– Cambridge Wireless Discovering Startups Finalist

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