Menu Close

Deniz Özdemir

Deniz Özdemir

PhD student at Charles University

Researcher at Czech Technical University


Visiting address:

Jugoslavskych partyzanu 1580/3, 166 36 Prague 6, Czech republic

Room: 302

Also available at:

Orcid , ResearchGate and LinkedIn



About me

Deniz Özdemir is an OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) and GPEN (GIAC Penetration Tester) certified ethical hacker (white hat) specialized in network and web application penetration testing, system hacking, SAMM, SSDLC, threat analysis and exploitation. She obtained her MSc and Bsc degrees in Linnaeus University, Sweden in Computer science – specialized in network security.

After working as a web security expert in banking and insurance industries for more than a decade and providing training to both technical and C-level  managers around Europe and Japan, she has moved her career path towards teaching and research on the security of futuristic technologies and artificial intelligence. She is currently working at Czech Technical University in CIIRC (Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics) as a researcher for Horizon2020 CSI-COP project, acting as the team leader of the younger researchers team. Furthermore, she is a guest lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.

Being OWASP Swedish Student Chapter Leader, she is keen on educating students about the cutting-edge cyber security techniques at numerous conferences and lectures. 

Apart from her work and studies, she has a keen interest in fine arts, for which she obtained contemporary arts education in Finland and in university studies in Prague to be an aspiring creative illustrator. She also plays drums, enjoys fantasy themed video and old-school board games, low-key photography and story writing.

Research description

For her PhD degree, she would like to now utilize her technical knowledge for the humanities disciplines to study innovative companion robots which could aid to promote longevity. She is interested in transhumanism, ethics and privacy, cyber security, hacking and indie game development and keen to perform her thesis around such concepts.


Head of Alzheimer Europe and Gerontology Centrum, Prague
Doc. MUDr. Iva Holmerová, Ph.D., Wikipedia:

Current projects

CSI-COP (Horizon 2020): Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance

StudyATHome International: Collaboration with University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien

Swedish Institute: Czech Republic Education Ambassasor (Alumni Networks International)

OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project®): Student Chapter Leader


Undergraduate courses at University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien:

Guest lecturer: Web application security


2019 – Present: Charles University, Faculty of Humanities — PhD. candidate in Longevity

2010 – 2011: Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden — MsC, Information Systems (with the specialization of Business Development)

2009 – 2010: Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden — BsC, Faculty of Engineering Computer Science
(with the specialization of Network Security)

2008 – 2009: BilgeAdam IT Academy Istanbul, Turkey — System and Network Specialist course (500 hours)

2005 – 2008: FMV Isik University Istanbul, Turkey — Associate Degree, Computer Engineering (in English)


2021 – Ozdemir, D., Cibulka, J., Stepankova, O. et al. Design and implementation framework of social assistive robotics for people with dementia – a scoping review. Health Technol. 11, 367–378 (2021).

2020 – Stepankova, Olga & Shah, Huma & Ozdemir, Deniz & Pierce, Robin & Gialelis, Yiannis & Hinsenkamp, Mária & Rigler, Dorottya & Celentano, Ulrico & Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Maayan & Vallverdu, Jordi & Lantavou, K. & Evram, M. & Hriscu, Ana. (2020). CSI-COP Framework: Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance. 10.5281/zenodo.4066515.

2020 – Ignat, Tiberius & Stepankova, Olga & Shah, Huma & Celentano, Ulrico & Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Maayan & Gialelis, Yiannis & Pierce, Robin & Vallverdu, Jordi & Bal, Damla & Persic, Sanja & Bencze, Julia & Wyler, Daniel & Ozdemir, Deniz. (2020). CSI-COP Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance Deliverable D2.1 CS Research report. Public report on current methods in CS Engagement LEAD Partner for deliverable: IB (Immer Besser). 10.13140/RG.2.2.26605.20960.

Conference contributions

2021 – Deniz Ozdemir, Futuristic Implications of Social Robotics in Longevity: Moving Towards Open Science 2.0, Name of the conference: Building consistency for Open Science in Europe

2021 – Deniz Ozdemir, University of Applied Sciences, Technikum Wien, Austria, , Cyber-attacks on the Rise: Futuristic Privacy Security Concerns of all Network-connected devices, Name of the conference: 21st century engineer: On Integrating Hard and Soft Skills into Curricula

2020 – Deniz Ozdemir, Jaroslav Cibulka, Olga Stepankova , Iva Holmerova (2020) Design and Implementation Framework of Pet- like Companion Robot Technology for Care of Older People: A Scoping Review. Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research pp.191-192. ISBN: 978-91-89081-09-3.


February 2020 – Present: Czech Technical University (Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, CIIRC), Prague – Researcher

May 2014 – Present: OWASP, Sweden — Sweden Student Chapter Leader & Education Ambassador in Czech Republic (collaboration with Swedish Consulate in Prague & Swedish Institute)

January 2013 – September 2016: ING (NN) Regional IT Headquarters, Prague — Centre of Expertise: Infrastructure and Web security specialist (Ethical Hacker)

September 2012 – March 2013:  ING Insurance Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey — Information Risk Management Specialist

October 2011 – August 2012: Halkbank Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey — Information Security Specialist

January 2011 – June 2011: Växjö Kommun, Sweden — Information Security Researcher (Master thesis collaboration)


Google Grant for Women Researchers in Security Award, Google (HackIntheBox Conference – Netherlands), May 2015

The best 3rd hacking team award, Hack In Paris (Nuit du Hack), 2013

High Honour Degree, BilgeAdam IT Academy, June 2009

Honour Degree, FMV Isik University, June 2006

Professional trainings & Certifications

Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (SANS560) – SANS Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

F5 Application Security Manager (ASM) v.11, Westcon Academy, Belgium

Offensive Security Penetration Testing

HP Fortify, Prague, Czech Republic

Tactical Defense with ModSecurity, OWASP Appsec Research EU)

Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operations Design, CSFI – Defcamp conference – Bucharest, Romania

Advanced Burp Pro 100% Hands-On, Paris, France

Hacking Web Applications: Case Studies of Award-Winning Bugs in Google, Yahoo, Mozilla and More, Hack in The Box conference, Netherlands

Pentest Security Analyst, EC Council

NetHost Legislation PCI DSS QSA (United Kingdom) – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard training, 2011

Past projects: 

OWASP Co-Mentor OWTF WAF Bypasser, Brussels, Belgium, 2014

Prometric Cyber Security Project (examination with Information Security subject matter experts), London, United Kingdom, 2012


2013: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

2013: GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)

2013: TCNA Tenable Network Security License 11130006

2012: ITIL Foundation, United Kingdom – Office of Government Commerce, License GR750027297DA