Charley is a Security Researcher at the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking, and Security at Edinburgh Napier University, researching innovative ways of detecting and pro-actively countering malware and zero-day threats, with the ambition of becoming a world renowned expert in the field.
He has been a student at Napier since 2010, and graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computer Security and Digital forensics, followed by an MSc degree in Advanced Security and Forensics with Distinction. During this time, Charley has earned several awards, including Class Medals, as well as the prestigious "Edinburgh Napier University Student of the Year" prize in 2015.
Participating in Capture the Flag (CTF) and Crypto type competitions is a thoroughly enjoyable way for him to improve his skills outside the academic and professional atmospheres, and resulted in several winning entries, including the GCHQ assessed Cyber Security Challenge UK "Universally Challenged" in February 2015 and the Raytheon CTF in January 2013, amongst others.
Charley also particularly enjoys staying up to date with recent vulnerabilities, and attempts to reproduce them within controlled environments for the sake of curiosity and better understanding of how they work. Such practice helped him get an acknowledgement as a "Security Researcher for Microsoft Online Services" after reporting a web-based vulnerability on one of their domains. Scripting with a security focus is also a hobby of his.
Sharing knowledge with other researchers and students in the field is also important to Charley, and will do his best to attend as many conferences as he possibly can, as well as hosting and presenting some, and organising social events, mostly related to security topics, such as within the ENU Cyber Security Society which he founded in 2015 and still presides as of today.