Fred Piper


Fred is a hugely well-known figure in Information Security. He is advising ASECO Lab on all projects.

Fred obtained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics at Imperial College (University of London) in 1962 followed by a PhD in 1964.  He began an academic career as an Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics at Royal Holloway College (University of London) and after one year was promoted to Lecturer.  He transferred to Westfield College (University of London) in 1969, was promoted to Reader in 1971 and to Professor in 1975.  He was the founding Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998.  He has held a number of visiting positions at other universities, including Illinois (Chicago Campus), Florence, Perugia, New York State (Albany), Michigan State, Western Ontario, Natal and Beijing.

Fred has published over 100 research papers, 6 books (4 on cryptography), and is on the editorial boards of two international journals.  He has also supervised over 60 PhD students.  He has lectured world-wide on a wide range of topics in information security, both academically and commercially.

In 1985 he formed a company, Codes & Ciphers Ltd, which offers consultancy advice in all aspects of information security.  He has acted as a consultant for a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and South Africa.  This consultancy has covered a wide range of subjects including design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, and work on a number of ATM and EFTPOS systems.  In the last few years he has served on a number of committees offering security advice to a number of UK Government departments and agencies.

Fred played a leading role in the establishment of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and has been on the board of directors since its launch in 2005.

He has been a member of the Board of Trustees, Bletchley Park since 1999.

  • In 2002 he was awarded an IMA Gold Medal for “Services to Mathematics”.
  • In 2002 he was also awarded the first honorary CISSP for a European.  This was for ‘leadership in Information Security’.
  • In 2003 Fred received an honorary CISM for ‘globally recognised leadership’ and ‘contribution to the Information Security Profession’.
  • In 2005 he was elected to the ISSA Hall of Fame.
  • In 2008 he was elected to be a Fellow of (ISC)2.
  • In 2008 he was the first person to be elected to the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame.
  • In 2008he was elected to the International Advisory Board of IMPACT (the International Multilateral Programme Against Cyber Threats).
  • In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Royal Holloway, University of London.
Catherine Meadows
Member. Interested in algebras and logics of security systems...
Christian Collberg
Member. Christian's main interest is the Man-At-The-End Attack...
Christina Vasilakopoulou
Former postdoc. Christina’s interests lie in Category Theory, especially monoidal and enriched categories...
Depeng Li
Member. Dr. Li's research interests span from secure computation for Internet of Things to privacy at smart homes...  
Dusko Pavlovic
Founder. Dusko is interested in security and adaptation...
Fred Piper
Member. Fred advises across all research areas...
Jason Castiglione
Graduate Student. Jason is interested in category theory and information theory ...
Liang-Ting Chen
Former postdoc: Interested in categorical structures in computer science.
Muzamil Yahia
Research Student. Interested in cryptography, game theory and algorithmic information theory...
Nancy Mogire
Former research student. Interested in cryptographic protocols for web applications...
Peter-Michael Seidel
Member. Interested in computer arithmetic, hardware security, formal methods....
Rui Zhang
Rui's research interests are security and privacy in wireless/mobile networks...
Simon Willerton
Member. He now often thinks a lot about category theory and is partly responsible for the Catster YouTube videos on category theory.
Toshiki Kataoka
Researh student. Toshiki is interested in category theory and categorical logic...