Dr. Thomas B. Quillinan was appointed as lector of the Network and Systems Engineering Cyber Security Research Group at THUAS on 1 September 2016. He will give his inaugural lecture on Wednesday, September 27 2017.


3.30pm - 4pm: Arrival, coffee and welcome in the main hall
4pm - 4.15pm: Introduction by Leonard Geluk, Chair of the Executive Board at The Hague University of Applied Sciences
4.15pm - 5pm: Lecture Thomas Quillinan, head of the research group Network and Systems Engineering Cyber Security
5pm - 6.30: Reception at The Lighthouse


About the lecture
Dr. Thomas Quillinan will focus on usable security in his inaugural lecture. Usable security is the intersection between application security and human factors - building secure systems that users want to use rather than looking for ways around them. The most complex issue when considering secure systems is how to balance the needs of the system and the needs of the users.

Security and usability are commonly seen as opposite sides of the coin - the very requirement for increased security results in decreased usability. However, this is not necessarily true. When user interfaces are designed with security as a fundamental part of the solution, it is possible
to create systems that are both secure and usable.

Usable security means that not only is the security of a system tolerated by the users; it actively helps them to use the
system and makes them more enthusiastic about it.


About Dr. Thomas Quillinan
Dr. Thomas Quillinan has been a senior researcher and programme manager for security at Thales Research and Technology in the Netherlands since 2009. He received a PhD in Security for Distributed Systems and a MSc in Computer Science from University College Cork in Ireland.

He previously worked as part of the IIDS group at
the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on distributed systems security and crisis management. He originally studied Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick in Ireland. His research interests include the security of information and the security of distributed systems.

Back to Programme Inaugural lecture dr. Thomas Quillinan: 'Managing both the technology and the humans'
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