Daniel R. Thomas

Chancellor’s Fellow (lecturer / assistant professor)

Computer & Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde


I deliver research that enables the accurate and ethical measurement of security and cybercrime. By measuring security and cybercrime we can monitor improvement, evaluate interventions and inform regulators. This reveals which techniques work and provides the missing economic incentives to improve security and reduce cybercrime. I work with researchers across disciplines to understand the full picture.


  • Security
  • Cybercrime
  • Research Ethics


  • PhD, 2015

    University of Cambridge

  • MA in Computer Science, 2011

    University of Cambridge



In 2019-2020 I am lecturing the second 5 weeks of CS101 Topics in Computing.

At the University of Cambridge I was one of the course lecturers for the R209 Computer Security: Principles and Foundations, R210 Computer Security: Current Applications and Research, and R254 Cybercrime MPhil courses in security. In 2018 I lectured Security II: Part 2: Security engineering covering security, human factors, and psychology; security policies; authentication; and network security. I gave one lecture on LaTeX for Markus Kuhn’s Unix Tools course in November 2013.




I have reviewed papers for: ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review (CCR), Journal of Internet Services and Applications (JISA), Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) 2013, Ubicomp 2014, Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (2017), Transactions on Software Engineering (2017), The Computer Journal (2018) amongst others. I was co-editor for a Frontiers Research Topic on Big Data Ethics. I have reviewed a funding proposal for University of Luxembourg’s internal call.

Declarations of interest

I have received funding from various organisations, I try not to let that influence me but in the interest of transparency details follow.

  • From October 2016 to 2019 I was funded by the EPSRC through the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre
  • From October 2015 to Septembr 2016 I was funded by ThreatSTOP
  • I the EPSRC Doctoral Training Account of the Computer Laboratory funded the second and third years of my PhD
  • The first year of my PhD was funded by Google
  • My year as a Research Assistant was partly funded by Google
  • I spent a summer working for Broadcom
  • I have been both a student and a mentor on the Google Summer of Code
  • I spent a summer as an on an Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) placement funded by BT
  • GCHQ/NCSC has provided small amounts of money to attend conferences and buy books or servers.