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Nalin Asanka

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Dr Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage

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My name is Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage. I currently work as Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Cyber Security Centre, Department of Computer Science at Oxford University. I obtained a BSc (MIS) Hons from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland and have completed a master's degree, MSc in Information Management and Security at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. I'm a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), USA. I'm also a professional member of the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) and a member of specialist groups in Information security (ISSG), Cybercrime Forensics, Information Risk Management and Assurance, Interactions, and e-Learning. 

I hold a PhD in Usable Security entitled “Security Awareness of Computer Users: A Game Based Learning Approach” from Brunel University, London, UK (External examiner: Professor David Benyon). My research focused on developing a game design framework to protect computer users against "phishing attacks". During my PhD I have also led lectures, seminars and supervised undergraduates in the laboratory and taken a course on "Graduate Learning and Teaching Programme". My main research interests are Usable Security, Cyber Security, Information Security and Privacy, Trusted Computing, HCI, Mobile HCI, Serious Games and e-Learning.

Prior to undertaking my current position at Oxford University, I worked on a number of lecturing positions in Computer Science at Brunel University, University of Bedfordshire, Westminster University and Central Bedfordshire College in the UK. Apart from my academic career, I also worked on a number of software engineering roles ranging from Programmer, Software Engineer to IT Manager where I gained hands-on experience and skills in various technologies such as Java, Java EE, Java ME, Php, HTML, XML, R-DBMS, Oracle, MySQL, UML, Linux (Ubuntu), Android SDK, Netbeans and Eclipse. I have also gone through a Linux Network Administration training program at the Turnkey IT training Institute.

Since April 2014, I have moved to the Laboratory of Education and Research in Software Security Engineering (LERSSEat the University of British Columbia, Canada to take up a Research Fellowship in Usable Security.

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