Dr David Lanc, a former executive director of RBS’s Cards Business and founder of online identity protection and data privacy start-up, Payfont, has been awarded an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier University
Cybersecurity pioneer Dr David Lanc has received an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier University.
Dr Lanc, a former executive director of RBS’s Cards Business, is founder and chief executive of online identity protection and data privacy start-up, Payfont.
Payfont, which was to date raised £2.8 million from investors, was the winner of Innovation of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards for its patented personal authentication and data security technologies.
Payfront has worked with Edinburgh Napier University to research the application of its identity authentication technology to data ‘at rest’.
Stored data remains a key vulnerability in cyber security.
A collaboration between Payfont, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Greenwich led to the development of the world’s first non-linear, dynamically crypto-fragmented data storage architecture, from which the Anonymised Distributed eCloud Architecture (ADeCA) was developed, which secures data by rendering it useless to outsiders without authentic access.
At RBS, Lanc played a leading role in the Europay, Mastercard and Visa rollout and was first to deploy 3D Secure for internet card security and the UK Chip & Pin rollout.
At a ceremony in the Usher Hall to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Enterprise, Lanc said: “It’s a huge and extremely humbling honour to receive this award from Edinburgh Napier University.
“It takes many lonely years of hard work and perseverance to develop world leading Cybersecurity systems, and the capability to bring them to market, which makes this award and the recognition it bestows from an institution of Edinburgh Napier University’s reputation in Cybersecurity all the more precious.
“I’d like to thank Edinburgh Napier University for its continued contribution and support of my work.
“Together, we stand a little taller in our proud Scottish engineering contribution to how we can keep more people safe online, and combat today’s worst theft of confidential data that undermines our way of life.”
The other Edinburgh Napier University honorary degree recipients at this week’s graduation celebrations are:
* Iain Smith, the Glasgow-born producer of a string of award-winning films, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts
– Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and enthusiastic promoter of women in science, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science
* Nina Barough, founder of the fundraising MoonWalks, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of the University
* Michael Welch, the entrepreneur who recently sold his Blackcircles.com online tyre business to Michelin in a £50 million deal, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Enterprise
Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, said: “It is exciting to see people who have made such a significant impact on the worlds of science, industry and the arts joining our celebrations.
“Their drive and talent will inspire our students as they set out to make their own mark on the world.”