Konstantinos (Kostas) Rantos is an Associate Professor and Head of the Computer and Informatics Engineering Department at Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology. He received his Diploma in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, and both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Information Security (sponsored by Marie Curie Research and Training Grant) from Royal Holloway, University of London.
He has substantial experience in the area of information security, holding positions in the private and public sectors as well as in academia. He worked as a research assistant at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a smart card security architect at Datacard Group, as a security consultant at Encode S.A., as a scientific officer at the Hellenic Ministry of Interior and as an information security consultant. He has served as a representative of Greece in European working groups on eGovernment issues, authentication and digital signatures.
He has participated in many research and development projects including EU ACTS ASPeCT, CIP Large scale pilots SPOCS and STORK2.0, ARTEMIS JU, and FP7 ADVISE (member of the Advisory Board). He has (co-)authored many articles and papers and acts as a reviewer to a number of conferences and scientific journals. His scientific interests lie in the areas of IoT security, public-key infrastructures, authentication systems and data privacy, e-government services, smart cards, electronic payment systems, mobile systems security and security awareness.