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Overview

Hector Marco is an associate professor and cybersecurity researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, UK. He holds a PhD in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, from Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. Hector is senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE), and member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in UK. Previously, he was research associate at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia where he co-founded the "cybersecurity research group". Hector was part of the team developing the multi-processor version of the XtratuM hypervisor to be used by the European Space Agency in its space crafts. He participated in multiple research projects as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator. Hector is author of many papers of computer security and cloud computing. He has been invited multiple times to reputed cybersecurity conferences such as Black Hat and DeepSec. Hector has published more than 10 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) affecting important software such as the Linux kernel. He has received honors and awards from Google, Packet Storm Security and IBM for his security contributions to the design and implementation of the Linux ASLR. Hector's professional interests include low level cybersecurity, kernel and userland security, virtualization security and applied cryptography.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Initially, he participated in several research projects where the main goal was to develop an hypervisor for the next generation of spacecrafts for the ESA (European Space Agency). He extend the scope of the projects by including security aspects. After more than 6 years of experience in virtualisation, he shifted deeper to Cybersecurity making substantial security contributions to the Linux kernel, Glibc, GRUB and other open software projects. Since then, he has accumulated more than 6 years of experience in low level Cybersecurity research, receiving awards and recognitions from Google, Packet Storm Security and IBM for his security contributions. Currently, he is lecturer in Cybersecurity at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK.

Current research activities

Cyber Security at different levels:           
   - Operating System security: KASLR, Multitenancy, vTPM, etc.
   - Native application security: ASLR-NG, RenewSSP, CFI, etc.
   - Browser security: SOP, web firewall, etc.

 

Desired research direction

His main interests background and research includes to identify and thwart critical real security threats focusing on servers and smartphone platforms. From multi tenancy at operating system level in cloud environments to the design of practical low level attacks and protection techniques at Kernel and user space.

External positions

Research Intern, VMware, Inc.

7 Jan 20198 Feb 2019

Invited Guest Professor and Supervisor, Polytechnic University of Valencia

26 Jan 201631 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • CybserSecurity
  • Operating Systems
  • Virtualisation
  • Protection techniques

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Research Output

A review of memory errors exploitation in x86-64

Pirry, C., Marco-Gisbert, H. & Begg, C., 8 Jun 2020, In : Computers. 9, 2, 21 p., 48.

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    E-BOOT: preventing boot-time entropy starvation in cloud systems

    Vano-García, F. & Marco-Gisbert, H., 30 Mar 2020, In : IEEE Access. 8, p. 61872-61890 19 p., 9050782.

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    Mitigating webshell attacks through machine learning techniques

    Guo, Y., Marco-Gisbert, H. & Keir, P., 14 Jan 2020, In : Future Internet. 12, 1, 16 p., 12.

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    Smart contract: attacks and protections

    Sayeed, S., Marco-Gisbert, H. & Caira, T., 10 Feb 2020, In : IEEE Access. 8, p. 24416-24427 12 p.

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    Address space layout randomization next generation

    Marco Gisbert, H. & Ripoll, I., 22 Jul 2019, In : Applied Sciences. 9, 14, 25 p., 2928.

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    Prizes

    Address space layout randomization (ASLR) for Linux S390

    Marco Gisbert, Hector (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Jul 2016

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Marco Gisbert, Hector (Recipient), Jul 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fix of reduced stack entropy in the Linux ASLR

    Marco Gisbert, Hector (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Aug 2015

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Fix of the offset2lib weakness

    Marco Gisbert, Hector (Recipient) & Ismael Ripoll (Recipient), Sep 2015

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Invited Professor

    Marco Gisbert, Hector (Recipient), Apr 2019

    Prize: Appointment

    Activities

    Polytechnic University of Valencia

    Hector Marco Gisbert (Visiting researcher)

    8 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    VMware, Inc.

    Hector Marco Gisbert (Visiting researcher)

    6 Jan 20198 Feb 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS) (Event)

    Hector Marco Gisbert (Peer reviewer)

    Jun 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    return-to-csu: A New Method to Bypass 64-bit Linux ASLR

    Hector Marco Gisbert (Speaker)

    Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC) (Event)

    Hector Marco Gisbert (Peer reviewer)

    Apr 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Profiles