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Department of Computer Science: Dr. Jason R.C. Nurse

As of October 2011, I have taken up the posts of Postdoctoral CyberSecurity Researcher in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Warwick. Both of these posts support my work on the EPSRC and TSB-funded TEASE research project. Previously, I was a Research Fellow in WMG's e-Security group working on this project. Further information on my appointments can be found here (for Warwick) and here (for Oxford), while information the TEASE project is here.

PhD thesis available online: A Business-oriented Framework for Enhancing Web Services Security for e-Business, Warwick Research Archives Portal. August 2010 - url

Background

Hi, my name is Jason Nurse and I was a doctoral candidate (2007-2010) researching into Web services security within e-business, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick.

Before commencing my doctorate in 2007, I completed a B.Sc. degree with First Class honours in Computer Science and Accounting at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados (2004), and an M.Sc. with Distinction in Internet Computing at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus in the UK (2006). In between the years of study, I have worked at Ernst & Young Barbados as an auditor, and at SigmaSoft Inc. - a Barbadian IT company - developing software and Web applications. My full history can be accessed on LinkedIn.

Outside of academics, I was a student representative on the Postgraduate Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) (url), a member of the University of Warwick Tae Kwon Do Club (url), and a member of Warwick Volunteers (url), a community-focused, student volunteering group. My general interests lie in football, Web application development (e.g. AJAX, Web services, Google APIs, Yahoo! APIs), photography (amateur), and contributing to the blogosphere.

PhD Research

Thesis abstract

Security within the Web services technology field is a complex and very topical issue. When considering using this technology suite to support interacting e-businesses, literature has shown that the challenge of achieving security becomes even more elusive. This is particularly true with regard to attaining a level of security beyond just applying technologies, that is trusted, endorsed and practiced by all parties involved. Attempting to address these problems, this research proposes BOF4WSS, a Business-Oriented Framework for enhancing Web Services Security in e-business. The novelty and importance of BOF4WSS is its emphasis on a tool-supported development methodology, in which collaborating e-businesses could achieve an enhanced and more comprehensive security and trust solution for their services interactions.

This investigation began with an in-depth assessment of the literature in Web services, e-business, and their security. The outstanding issues identified paved the way for the creation of BOF4WSS. With appreciation of research limitations and the added value of framework tool-support, emphasis was then shifted to the provision of a novel solution model and tool to aid companies in the use and application of BOF4WSS. This support was targeted at significantly easing the difficulties incurred by businesses in transitioning between two crucial framework phases.

To evaluate BOF4WSS and its supporting model and tool, a two-step approach was adopted. First, the solution model and tool were tested for compatibility with existing security approaches which they would need to work with in real-world scenarios. Second, the framework and tool were evaluated using interviews with industry-based security professionals who are experts in this field. The results of both these evaluations indicated a noteworthy degree of evidence to affirm the suitability and strength of the framework, model and tool. Additionally, these results also act to cement this thesis' proposals as innovative and significant contributions to the research field.


PhD Thesis

Nurse, Jason R.C., A Business-oriented Framework for Enhancing Web Services Security for e-Business. PhD thesis, University of Warwick. 2010 (url) (PDF Document)

PhD Funding

  • Chancellor's Scholarship (formerly WPRS) (url)
  • UK Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) Scholarship (url)

PhD Supervisors


Journal Publications

  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., A Case Study Analysis of an E-Business Security Negotiations Support Tool, in Electrical Engineering and Applied Computing, in Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Volume 90, pp. 209-220. 2011 (url). (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Google Books
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., An Evaluation of BOF4WSS and the Security Negotiations Model and Tool used to Support it, in International Journal On Advances in Security, Volume 3, Number 3&4, pp. 184-201. 2011 (url). (PDF Document) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., A Thorough Evaluation of the Compatibility of an E-Business Security Negotiations Support Tool, in IAENG International Journal of Computer Science, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp. 376-387. 2010 (url). (PDF Document) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., Securing e-Businesses that use Web Services - A Guided Tour Through BOF4WSS, in International Journal On Advances in Internet Technology, Volume 2, Number 4, pp. 253-276. 2009 (url). (PDF Document) (PDF Document)


Refereed Conference Publications

  • Hodges, D., Nurse, J.R.C., Goldsmith, M., and Creese, S., Identity attribution across CyberSpace and the Natural Space, in The International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference 2012 (ICIAC 2012) (abstract)
  • Creese, S., Goldsmith, M., Nurse, J.R.C., and Phillips, E., A Data−Reachability Model for Elucidating Privacy and Security Risks Related to the Use of Online Social Networks, in The International Workshop on Trust‚ Security and Privacy in e−Government‚ e−Systems & Social Networking (eGSSN 2012) at The 11th IEEE International Conference on Trust‚ Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom−12)(PDF Document)(PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Creese, S., Goldsmith, M. and Lamberts, K., Using Information Trustworthiness Advice in Decision−Making, in The 2nd Workshop on Socio−Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST 2012) at The 25th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF 2012) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., Towards A Model to Support the Reconciliation of Security Actions across Enterprises, in The 2nd Workshop on Socio−Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST 2012) at The 25th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF 2012) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Creese, S., Goldsmith, M., Craddock R., and Jones, G., An Initial Usability Evaluation of the Secure Situation Awareness System, in The 9th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2012).(PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Creese, S., Goldsmith, M. and Lamberts, K., Trustworthy and Effective Communication of Cybersecurity Risks: A Review, in The 1st Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust (STAST 2011) at The 5th International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS 2011), Milan, Italy, 6-8 September, 2011(PDF Document) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Creese, S., Goldsmith, M. and Lamberts, K., Guidelines for Usable Cybersecurity: Past and Present, in The 3rd International Workshop on Cyberspace Safety and Security (CSS 2011) at The 5th International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS 2011), Milan, Italy, 6-8 September, 2011 (PDF Document) (PDF Document)
  • Yang, S., Joy, M. and Nurse, J.R.C., Experiences on Sharing eLearning Resources using Service Technologies, in The 14th IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011), Cambridge, UK, 11-13 July, 2011 (PDF Document) (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Rahman, S.S., Creese, S., Goldsmith, M. and Lamberts, K., Information Quality and Trustworthiness: A Topical State-of-the-Art Review, in The International Conference on Computer Applications and Network Security (ICCANS 2011). Male, The Maldives, 27-29 May, 2011 (PDF Document)
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., Evaluating the Compatibility of a Tool to Support E-Businesses' Security Negotiations , in The International Conference of Information Security and Internet Engineering, under World Congress on Engineering (WCE 2010). London, UK, 30 June - 2 July, 2010 (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Best Student Paper Award
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., A Solution Model and Tool for Supporting the Negotiation of Security Decisions in E-Business Collaborations, in The Fifth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2010). Barcelona, Spain, 9-15 May 2010 [acceptance rate: 31%] (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Best Paper Award
  • Ishaya, T. and Nurse, J.R.C., Cross-Enterprise Policy Model for e-Business Web Services Security, in The International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics (IS&DF 2009). London, UK, 7-8 September 2009 (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Google Books
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., Supporting the Comparison of Business-Level Security Requirements within Cross-Enterprise Service Development, in The 12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009). Poznan, Poland, 27-29 April 2009 [acceptance rate: 29%] (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Google Books
  • Nurse, J.R.C. and Sinclair J.E., BOF4WSS: A Business-Oriented Framework for Enhancing Web Services Security for e-Business, in The Fourth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2009). Venice/Mestre, Italy, 24-28 May 2009 [acceptance rate: 33%] (PDF Document) (PDF Document) Best Paper Award


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Talks

  • Nurse, J.R.C., Information Quality and Trustworthiness, in the E-Security Group (Warwick IDL) seminars. 31 May 2011
  • Nurse, J.R.C., BOF4WSS: A to Z, in The Intelligent & Adaptive Systems Group seminar series (IAS) - Post Viva Talk. 14 October 2010
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Evaluating the Compatibility of a Tool to Support E-Businesses' Security Negotiations, in The 8th Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS'10). 2 July 2010
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Towards the Automated Reasoning and Comparison of Business-Level Risk Treatment Choices, in The 7th Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS'09). 3 July 2009
  • Nurse, J.R.C., Supporting the Comparison of Business-Level Security Requirements within Cross-Enterprise Service Development, in Formal Methods Group seminar series (FMG). 21 April 2009 (Powerpoint Presentation)
  • Nurse, J.R.C., A Business-Oriented Framework for Enhancing Web Services Security for e-Business, in The 6th Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS'08). 30 June-1 July 2008 (PDF Document)(Powerpoint Presentation)

Teaching

In this role, I was responsible for conducting tutorials, lab sessions and helping with marking. I also assisted in final exam invigilation. The former three roles encompass teaching and supporting students, whilst also acting as a link between students and lecturers/staff. The latter role includes working with other staff and students in invigilating undergraduate exams.

I have participated (as a seminar tutor/lab demonstrator) in the following modules:

Responsibilities

  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Sixth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2011) May 20 - 25, 2011 - St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Sixth International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP 2011) May 20 - 25, 2011 - St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Eighth Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS 2010) 2 July, 2010 - Coventry, UK
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Fifth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2010) May 9 - 15, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Fifth International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP 2010) May 9 - 15, 2010 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Seventh Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS 2009) 3 July, 2009 - Coventry, UK
  • Session chair for Internet and Web-based Applications and Services track in the Fourth International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services (ICIW 2009) May 24 - 28, 2009 - Venice/Mestre, Italy
  • General helper for British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS 2009) 6 - 9 April, 2009 - Coventry, UK
  • General helper for Women in Games Conference (WIG 2008) 10 - 12 September, 2008 - Coventry, UK
  • Programme Committee member and Reviewer for the Sixth Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS 2008) 30 June - 1 July, 2008 - Coventry, UK

Security, Trust and HCI conferences/journals

A list of conferences and journals on Security, Trust and HCI which I have compiled can be found in this text file.



A photo of Jason at a conference meeting

Dr. Jason R.C. Nurse
Ph.D. M.Sc. (Dist) B.Sc. (Hons)

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Dept. of Computer Science,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom