School of Computing

Staff Profiles

Dr John Mace

Lecturer in Security


John is a lecturer researching security and privacy issues related to smart infrastructure. He is an associate with the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity and advises on the current Markets for Connected Space Sharing (MACSS) project. The aim of MACSS is to create a socio-techno-legal solution for managing access to building data generated within shared spaces. This builds on work John carried out on a previous PETRAS project called Managing Access to Smart Building Information (MASBI) for which he co-designed a socio-technical ethical process for managing access to smart building data. In September 2017, John joined the Cyber Security Centre, University of Warwick for a 6-month secondment with Newcastle to work on a PETRAS collaboration project NUSBIoT, assessing the security of Newcastle University's Urban Sciences Building.

John has previously undertaken a 12-month internship with the Cloud and Security Group, HP Research Lab, Bristol working on the EPSRC/TSB funded project Trust Domains; worked in partnership with The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the NSA funded project Science of Security (SoS); worked in partnership with the UK Criminal Justice Board on a UK Home Office funded project to produce a platform for secure data sharing; and in partnership with Italy’s Intelligence System for the Security of the Republic on the CIPS funded project CYCLOPS.

John holds both a BSc (1st Class) honours degree and PhD in Computing Science from Newcastle University. He has also published several papers on methodologies and tools using probabilistic modelling aspects and ontologies for designing information security policies and understanding their impact on workflow completion. 

John is also Co-chair of the School of Computing's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee.