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Sam Braithwaite


Research student

School of Computer Science and Informatics


I am employed by the Dementia Research Institute within the School of Medicine as MPSS staff in an IT role as Infrastructure Manager. I am also a part-time PhD student in Cyber Security in the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

For DRI related communications, please use my staff email address and for CS related communications, please use my student email address, but I will generally try to respond promptly to urgent queries sent to either.



Exploring Usability and Effectiveness of Hardening Techniques for Industrial Control Systems

Funding sources

I am a full-time member of staff and my part-time PhD is therefore funded as a staff member.


I have been employed as Infrastructure Manager for the Dementia Research Institute since July 2022. In my work for the DRI, I have responsibility at Institute level for designing and supporting systems for managing large datasets.

My background was originally in electronic engineering and I worked in process control and automation in industry, later moving into software engineering and then IT system administration. I was awarded the professional registrations of Incorporated Engineer in 2018, Advanced RITTech in 2023 and European Engineer in 2023.

I started my part-time PhD in Cyber Security with the School of Computer Science and Informatics in April 2024, whilst continuing to work for the DRI. My PhD involves an exploration of the relative effectiveness and usability of hardening techniques for legacy industrial control systems.

Professional memberships

  • Professional Member of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT)


Pete Burnap

Pete Burnap

Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity