From left: Spyridon Dosis, Irvin Homem, Andrius Januta, Asgeir Davidsson


How did it feel to get the award?
We felt honoured and yet humbled to be awarded for our combined efforts in making our Security and Forensics courses more practical oriented and available online, rather than just simply being theoretical and in class rooms. It was a team effort among four people: Spyridon Dosis, Irvin Homem, Andrius Januta and Asgeir Davidsson.

What are you recognized for? / Why did you get this award?
We were recognized for participating in the FutureLearn project where we were awarded about 180,000SEK in order to help in putting up a virtualized infrastructure where students can access and work on their practical lab exercises from literally anywhere where there is reasonable internet connectivity. This not only made it convenient for students to work from home, but also it was more efficient and environmentally friendly with the affordances that virtualization provides. In addition to the ubiquitous availability, we also made use of Network Simulators allowing students to simulate and experience real computer networks within use-cases that we created giving them tasks to perform on the networks as though they were in the real world. Furthermore, the students were able to use proprietary forensic tools that Cyber Systems Security Lab has acquired. We also made use of the Moodle E-Learning platform where we had the course/lecture materials, supplementary reading material, links to video lectures, extra challenges for interested students as well as the availability of grading and feedback for students.

Do you have something new and exciting going on?
Since the completion of this project, we have all since moved on to new endeavours in pursuing our research interests. Spyridon Dosis has moved into OpenStack Cloud deployments, administration and maintenance. Irvin Homem studies the Automation of the Digital Forensics process in Internet of Things and Cloud environments. Andrius Januta continues studying process optimization, data distributon and collaborative aspects of Digital Forensics as well is involved in one EU project STORK 2.0 as representative for academic pilots. Asgeir Davidsson, who was a student at the time of the project, has since become a Teaching Assistant at the department.

Short about the team

When you came to the DSV?
Spyridon Dosis: October 2010
Irvin Homem: October 2010
Andrius Januta: October 2011:
Asgeir Davidsson: October 2013

What do you teach?
We have all previously participated as a team in a variety of courses, either handling the lab exercises, or giving lectures in different capacities in several courses. Some of these courses include: Digital Forensics (DIFO), CyberForensics (CYFO), Network Security (NETSEC), Principles of Computer Security (Sak:i) and Software Engineering and SEcurity Architecture (SESA).