Colin Ife

MA, MRes, MEng, BA (Hons.)

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Curriculum Vitae


DOCTORAL Supervisors

Gianluca Stringhini
Steven J. Murdoch

I am a Ph.D. Researcher in Security Science at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Gianluca Stringhini and Steven J. Murdoch. My research utilises data-driven analyses to deepen our understanding of cybercriminal activities, and to improve our approaches to cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention.

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As part of the SECReT DTC, I am a member of the Information Security Group within the Computer Science Department, and also the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science.

Before joining UCL, I obtained BA (Hons.) and MEng degrees in Information and Computer Engineering from the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering. I then obtained a MRes degree in Security Science at UCL, and an honorary MA degree from Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

I am also a Security Engineer at Spherical Defence Labs.

My research interests include applying data-driven analyses to the problem areas of malware and botnet activity, security applications of machine learning, and cybercrime prevention. Currently, I am employing data and crime science approaches in order to measure and disrupt malware distribution networks.

My teaching activities include PGTA work for Hervé Borrion in the Ethics, Research, and Security (2017/18) and Doing Research in Security Science (2017/18) courses.



Recent Publications



Colin C. Ife, Toby Davies, Steven J. Murdoch, and Gianluca Stringhini. Bridging Information Security and Environmental Criminology Research to Better Mitigate Cybercrime.

Cybercrime, Place, the internet, and a new perspective. [PRE-print]


Colin C. Ife, Yun Shen, Steven J. Murdoch, and Gianluca Stringhini. Waves of Malice: A Longitudinal Measurement of the Malicious File Delivery Ecosystem on the Web. In Proceedings of ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (AsiaCCS ’19).

Auckland, New Zealand, July 9-12 2019. [Paper] [SLIDES]