Jimmy McGibney, Lecturer, Senior Researcher

Jimmy McGibney
Lecturer, Senior Researcher
Ph: +353 (0)51 302906
Email: jmcgibney@tssg.org

Personal Summary

I am a lecturer in Computer Science at Waterford Institute of Technology and mainly teach courses in computer security, cryptography and forensics.  I am joint chair of the programme boards of two MSc programmes, the MSc in Computing (Communications Software) and the part-time MSc in Computing (Enterprise Software Systems).


I carry out research and occasionally supervise students at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group at WIT. My main current focus is in trust models and their applications. I currently participate in the Aniketos project on “ensuring trustworthiness and security in service composition”.  Aniketos is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme.


In recent years, I’ve also worked on the completed FP7 project CoMiFin (Communication Middleware for Monitoring Financial Critical Infrastructure) and before that on two FP6 projects, namely OPAALS (Open Philosophies for Associative Autopoietic Digital Ecosystems) and SEINIT (Security Expert Initiative).  I’ve also had some smaller Enterprise Ireland grants for commercialisation projects (sTrust and WMA).


I also work occasionally on a PhD on trust models for distributed intrusion detection.


  • H. Elshaafi, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, “Profitability and Cost Management of Trustworthy Composite Services”, TrustBus 2012: 9th International Conference on Trust, Privacy & Security in Digital Business, Vienna, September 2012.
  • H. Elshaafi, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, “Trustworthiness Monitoring and Prediction of Composite Services”, ISCC 2012: 17th IEEE symposium on Computers and Communications, Cappadocia, July 2012.  [Winner of Best Paper Award at the conference]
  • H. Elshaafi, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, “Business Driven Optimisation of Service Compositions” NWESP 2011: 7th International Conference on Next Generation Web Services Practices, Salamanca, October 2011.
  • H. Elshaafi, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, “Trustworthiness Monitoring of Dynamic Service Compositions”, WEWST 2011: 6th Workshop on Enhanced Web Service Technologies, Lugano, September 2011.
  • H. Elshaafi, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, B. Mulcahy, “Enhancement of Critical Financial Infrastructure Protection Using Trust Management”, STAVE 2011: 1st International Workshop on Security & Trust for Applications in Virtualised Environments, Springer CCIS 187, pp 156-165, Crete, June 2011.
  • D. Botvich, J. McGibney, G. Ostapenko, S. De Paoli, A. Kerr, and M. Keatinge, Integrating Players, Reputation and Ranking to Manage Cheating in MMOGs, FDG 2010: The 5th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, Monterey, June 2010.
  • P. Malone, J. McGibney, D. Botvich, M. McLaughlin, “Implementing a Trust Overlay Framework for Digital Ecosystems”, OPAALS 2010: 3rd International Conference on Digital Ecosystems, Springer LNICST, Aracuju, March 2010.
  •  J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “A trust based system for enhanced spam filtering “, Journal of Software (JSW), vol. 3, no. 5, pp 55-64, May 2008. [This is an extended version of the paper presented at ARES in April 2007]
  •  J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “Distributed dynamic protection of services on ad hoc and p2p networks”, Proc. 7th IEEE International Workshop on IP Operations and Management (IPOM), San Jose, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 4786, pp 95-106, Springer, November 2007. [shortlisted for best paper]
  • J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “A service-centric approach to access control and monitoring based on distributed trust”, Proc. 3rd IBM CAS Software and Systems Engineering Symposium, Dublin, October 2007.
  • J. McGibney, D. Botvich, and S. Balasubramaniam, “A combined biologically and socially inspired approach to mitigating ad hoc network threats”, Proc. 66th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Baltimore, October 2007.
  • J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “Collaborative strategies for reducing attacks on ad hoc network nodes”, Proc. 18th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC – CAMAD workshop), Athens, September 2007.
  • J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “Establishing trust between mail servers to improve spam filtering”, Proc. 4th International Conference on Autonomic and Trusted Computing (ATC), Hong Kong, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 4610, pp 146-155, Springer, July 2007.
  • J. McGibney and D. Botvich, “A trust overlay architecture and protocol for enhanced protection against spam”, Proc. 2nd International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES), Vienna, Austria, pp 749-756, April 2007. [doi:10.1109/ARES.2007.28]
  •  J. McGibney, M. Ponce de Leon, and J. Ronan, “SEINIT security for heterogeneous mobile network services”, eChallenges 2005, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2005.
  • M. Ponce de Leon, J. Ronan, and J. McGibney, “Securing mobile services”, in 1st Euro Conference on Mobile Government (Euro mGov 2005), Brighton, England, July 2005.
  • J McGibney, N. Schmidt, and A. Patel, “A service-centric model for intrusion detection in next-generation networks”, Computer Standards & Interfaces, Vol 27, Issue 5, pp 513-520, June 2005.
  • J. McGibney and S. Hearne, “An approach to rules based fraud management in emerging converged networks”, IEEE/IEI Irish Telecommunications Systems Research Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, May 2003.
  • E. de Leastar, J. McGibney, and D. Morris, “Flexible multi-service telecommunications accounting system”, INC 2000 Plymouth, England, July 2000.
  • D. Botvich, T. Curran, P. McEntee, J. McGibney, and D. Morris, “A techno-economic analysis of some ATM charging schemes for aggregate LAN interconnect”, IEE Colloquium: Charging for ATM – The Reality Arrives, London, England, November 1997.
  • D. Botvich, Y. Chen, T. Curran, B. Kerswell, J. McGibney, and D. Morris, “On charging for Internet services provided over an ATM network”, IEEE ATM’97 Workshop, Lisbon, Portugal, May 1997.
  • J. McGibney, D. Morris, and T. Curran, “Contracts for ATM services: a structured analysis”, IEE Colloquium on Charging for ATM, London, England, November 1996.
  • J. McGibney, D. Botvich, and T. Curran, “Modern global optimisation heuristics in the long term planning of networks”, ATNAC’94, Melbourne, Australia, December 1994.


Master of Engineering, Dublin City University
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic), University College Dublin