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Hector Marco Gisbert


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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


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

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Data storage equipment Engineering & Materials Science
Servers Engineering & Materials Science
Entropy Engineering & Materials Science
Flow control Engineering & Materials Science
Monitoring Engineering & Materials Science
Computer operating systems Engineering & Materials Science
Linux Engineering & Materials Science
Hinges Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2013 2019

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Assessing blockchain consensus and security mechanisms against the 51% attack

Sayeed, S. & Marco-Gisbert, H., 29 Apr 2019, In : Applied Sciences. 9, 9, 17 p., 1788.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Electronic money

SSPFA: effective stack smashing protection for Android OS

Marco-Gisbert, H. & Ripoll-Ripoll, I., 22 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Information Security. p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Deteccioń de copiones con "pinganillos magnéticos" y experimentos sobre magnetismo

Ripoll Ripoll, I., Marco Gisbert, H., Martínez Fernández, V. & Gil, P., 26 Sep 2018, IN-RED 2018: IV Congreso Nacional de Innovación Educativa y Docencia en Red. València: La Editorial de la Universitat Politècnica de València, p. 35-49 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

return-to-csu: a new method to bypass 64-bit Linux ASLR

Marco-Gisbert, H. & Ripoll, I., 20 Mar 2018. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Data storage equipment
Acoustic waves


Address space layout randomization (ASLR) for Linux S390

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

Prize: National/international honour

Data storage equipment

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient), Jul 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Fix of reduced stack entropy in the Linux ASLR

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

Prize: National/international honour


Fix of the offset2lib weakness

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

Prize: National/international honour


Invited Professor

Hector Marco Gisbert (Recipient), Nov 2018

Prize: Appointment

Activities 2013 2019

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

International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications (ICSNC) (Event)

Hector Marco Gisbert (Peer reviewer)
Oct 2018

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

International Joint Conference on Information and Communication Engineering (JCICE) (Event)

Hector Marco Gisbert (Peer reviewer)
Apr 2018

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

Cybersecurity challenges in the nautical industry

Hector Marco Gisbert (Speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk