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Research Interests

Digital Forensics; Security Testing; Systems Engineering; Automotive CyberSecurity

PhD Project


This PhD project aims to develop a method (or set of methods) that can be employed to identify attack scenarios on ECU / Sensor / Network combinations, and a library of security solutions that can be employed to mitigate the identified attacks.

The central research question addressed here is:  

"How do we identify security vulnerabilities in new combinations of ECUs, networks and sensors? "

"Can we identify any general principles or methods to aid the developer?"



John joins Coventry University's Centre for Mobility and Transport from October 2017 as a full-time PhD research student.  After gaining an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, his early career focused on software development of embedded systems in the Telecommunications, Oil and Gas and Transport sectors.  Subsequently, John completed a 16-year commission as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy, working primarily to develop and manage highly secure Intelligence Support and Electronic Warfare systems.  

More recently, he has worked with IBM and as an independent IT security consultant, supporting public sector and industry clients in project management, systems engineering process development and enterprise security architecture.

Postgraduate qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Information Systems (Royal Military College of Science) and an MBA from the Open University.

Education/Academic qualification

BEng, Electrical Engineering, Degree, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Business Administration, MBA, Open University

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Research Output 2019 2019

Enabling Security Checking of Automotive ECUs with CSP Models

Heneghan, J., Shaikh, S., Bryans, J., Cheah, M. & Wooderson, P., 8 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) p. (In-press).

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