Professor and Head of School of Computer Science, The University of Auckland

Dr Giovanni Russello is an Associate Professor and the Head of the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Giovanni is directing the Cyber Security Research Programme, a multi-million project funded by MBIE to improve the cyber security stance of NZ and increase the collaboration between NZ and AU researchers. He is the founding Director of the Cyber Security Foundry, the first New Zealand multi-disciplinary centre in Cyber Security aiming to improving the collaboration between industry and academia. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the founding-CEO of a startup targeting the smartphone security market.

He received his M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania, Italy in 2000, and his Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2006. He did his postdoc in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, UK.

His research interests include human-centred cyber security, policy-based security systems, privacy and confidentiality in cloud computing, smartphone security, and applied cryptography.

He has published over 140 research articles in these research areas and has two granted US patents in smartphone security.