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Dr. Chitra Balakrishna

Dr. Chitra Balakrishna

Program Leader, Cyber security
Open University

About this Speaker

Chitra Balakrishna, Ph.D. MBCS, SFHEA , CEH is an educator, researcher, and author with over 20 years of experience spanning across academia and industry in the areas of cyber security, data networking, mobile communications, technologies, and applications.    She is currently the Program Leader for Cyber Security at Open University and a member of board of trustees at the UK cyber security council. She has, over the last 15 years championed cyber security education, training and its professionalisation. In addition, she has been instrumental in acquiring research income of over £2 million as a co-investigator and principal investigator from funding sources such as ERDF, Innovate UK, HEA, EPSRC and British Council. She has over 40 academic publications to her credit in international journals, peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  Her work mainly focuses on human aspects of cyber security and gamification of cyber security education. Some of the recent research outcomes are maintained at a public website - and

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