Dr Florian Skopik

Florian Skopik leads the cyber security research program at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. In this role, he and his team oversee and contribute to large-scale European research projects focused on infrastructure protection and national cyber security. Building on extensive collaborations with national authorities and CERTs, they have recently expanded their research activities into the defense sector. They are actively involved in projects funded by the European Defence Fund (EDF), such as AInception, EUCINF, NEWSROOM, FEDERATES, and FACT. As a seasoned researcher, Florian has authored over 125 scientific conference papers and journal articles, along with several academic books covering a diverse range of security topics. He serves on various academic conference program committees, including ACM SAC, ARES, CRITIS, and EICC. Florian also contributes to editorial boards, such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and participates in standardization groups such as ETSI TC Cyber, IFIP TC11 WG1, and OASIS CTI. He is a regular reviewer for esteemed journals, including Elsevier’s Computers & Security and ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR). Beyond his academic pursuits, Florian is an ISO27001 Lead Auditor and a subject matter expert in network and information security (NIS). He is designated as an auditor for operators of essential services and frequently serves as an examiner of critical IT infrastructures. As a court-certified expert, Florian provides advisory opinions on legal matters pertaining to IT security and data security in court. Florian thrives on challenges and actively participates in Capture-the-Flag competitions and hackathons. He holds approximately 50 industry-recognized security certifications from ISC2, ISACA, SANS/GIAC, and various vendors. Florian is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Member of (ISC)2, a Member of ISACA, and a Member of the International Society of Automation (ISA).