Doctor Erisa Karafili

Dr Erisa Karafili

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Formal Methods techniques applied to Security problemsAttributing and Investigating Cyber AttacksThreat Models for IoT devices and Hybrid systemsSecure Data Sharing/Re-UsingApplying Argumentation and Knowledge Representation for Cyber Security

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Accepting applications from PhD students.


Erisa Karafili is an Associate Professor in Cybersecurity at the University of Southampton. She is a Leader of Teaching Methods Innovation at the GCHQ/EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE), and a Champion in Security by Design at the GCHQ/EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) both recognized with the Golden Award. Erisa is a Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. She joined the University of Southampton in 2020 as a Lecturer in Cybersecurity. Previously, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. During her Marie Curie project, called AF-Cyber, Erisa investigated the problem of attributing cyber-attacks and focused on constructing techniques and tools to help forensics analysts during cyber-forensics investigation of cyber-attacks. Previously, she was an RA at Imperial College London and a PostDoc at the Technical University of Denmark. Erisa obtained her PhD from the University of Verona, with a special focus on non-classical logics applied to security problems in multi-agent systems. Her main research areas are Formal Methods applied to Security and Privacy problems, Data Sharing in Cloud Environments, Data Access Control, Threat Models for IoT and Hybrid Systems.