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Yulia Cherdantseva

Dr Yulia Cherdantseva

Senior Lecturer

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Yulia Cherdantseva is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University. She is the Director of Cardiff University’s Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE) - read more about Cardiff University's ACE-CSE in the NCSC ACE-CSE brochure (p.8).

Dr Cherdantseva is a co-director of the Digital Transformation University Innovation Institute (DTUII) alongside Prof Pete Burnap (COMSC) and Prof Tim Edwards (CARBS).

Dr Cherdantseva is a member of the Executive/Editorial Board of the CyBOK project, a national project funded by the National Cyber Security Programme focused on codifying the cyber security knowledge.

Dr Cherdantseva is an active member of the Cardiff Centre for Cyber Security Research, which is recognised by NCSC and EPSRC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. In 2015-2016, she worked as a lead researcher on the project “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems Cyber Security Lifecycle (SCADA-CSL)” funded by the Airbus Group Endeavr Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government, where she developed a novel SCADA Cyber Security, Safety and Risk (SCADA CSSR) graphical extension for BPMN 2.0 and a configurable dependency model of a SCADA system. In 2020-2021, she led an NCSC and RISCS-funded project focused on cyber-security decision-making for SMEs which resulted in the development of the Best Practice Guide for SMEs in Cyber Security Investment Decision-Making (available in English and Welsh). In 2021, she was awarded an EPSRC grant for developing a framework for risk-informed and metrics-enriched cyber security playbooks for enhancing CNI resilience. The prototype of the tool developed in this project which supports the design of cyber security playbooks is available for public review.

Dr Cherdantseva is actively interested in cyber security education and training at all levels – secondary schools, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, PhD research projects and Continues Professional Development courses – she has been involved and led initiatives across all these levels. Dr Cherdantseva is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion in cyber security – she is a member of the CIISec’s Steering Committee “Women in Cyber” and of the CREST’s working group on Diversity. Recent publications on EDI in cyber include 'How you can help more women study cyber security' in SC Magazine and 'More Women in Cyber Security: The Whys and the Hows' in CIISec's Pulse magazine (2020).












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My main research interest is in the design of secure information systems. More specifically, I am interested in the modelling of secure intra- and inter-organisational business processes. I also research SCADA/ICS cyber security and risk assessment methodologies.

My other research interests are:

  • Cyber Security Incident Response
  • Cyber Security Risk Assessment, Management and Governance
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Complex Inter-Organisational Business Processes
  • Integration of Security, Safety and Risk information into Business Process Models
  • Cyber Security of SCADA and ICS systems
  • Cyber Security Educations
  • Gender Equality in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Cyber Security

Funded research projects

  • 2021-2023 Research project on cyber security incident management and playbooks design for Critical National Infrastructure. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (£500K).
  • 2020-2021 Research project on cyber security decision-making at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Funding body: National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Research Centre for Socio-Technical Cyber Security (RISCS) (£60K).
  • 2010 -2014: Full PhD scholarship on Design of Secure Business Processes. Funding body: School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University.


I am an experienced lecturer in web-application security; database systems and database systems security, cyber security risk assessment, management and governance; system design and modelling; secure process design; business continuity and transformation.

In 2022-23 academic year, I am involved in the following modules:

CM1301 – Principles, Tools and Techniques for Secure Software Engineering

CMT308 – Business Continuity and Transformation

CMT400 – MSc Dissertation

CM3203 – One Semester Individual Project



  • FHEA
  • PhD in Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University, UK
  • MSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems Design

Honours and awards


Mr Enoch Agyepong
Mrs Maha Aloitabi
Miss Iryna Bernyk
Mr Obrina Briliyant