Security Research Group
Security - of information, systems, and communications - has become a central issue in our society. Interaction between people's personal devices (far beyond just phones and computers) and the rest of the connected world is nearly continuous; and with the advent of the Internet Of Things its scope will only grow.
In that context, so much can go wrong - every communication can potentially be intercepted, modified, or spoofed, and surreptitiously obtained data can be commercially exploited or used for privacy invasions. In fact, data flows in society are such that many people already feel they have lost control over where (their) data goes.
The security research group operates within that context. All members bring a particular technological emphasis - the analysis of particular classes of security problems or their solutions - but are fully aware that it all fits within a wider context of people using systems and communicating data in secure and insecure ways, and how external pressures beyond the mere technology impact on that. The topic of computer security then naturally widens to include topics like privacy, cyber crime, and ethics and law relating to computing, as well as bringing in aspects of psychology, sociology and economics.
From that perspective, the Security research group played a key role in setting up, and continues to be a core contributor to, the University's Interdisciplinary Cyber Security Research Centre, see www.cybersecurity.kent.ac.uk. The centre achieved EPSRC/GCHQ accreditation as an Academic Centre of Excellence in 2015, one of only 13 in the country.
The group has a strong involvement with postgraduate teaching in this area. It teaches most of the core modules in MSc programmes in Computer Security, and Networks and Security. A new (from September 2017) MSc Course in Cyber Security has been provisionally certified by GCHQ. The group is also involved in undergraduate modules in this area, as well as postgraduate programmes in other schools such as the MSc Information Security and Biometrics, and in UK activities to define curricula in Cyber Security.
Areas of Research ActivityMembers are engaged in the following areas of research (research areas in more detail) .
- Authorisation Infrastructures
- Internet Of Things Security and Privacy
- Quantum Computation and Information, with Security Applications
- Formal Methods for Cryptography
- Steganography and Steganalysis
- Trust Management and Metrics and Reputation Systems
- Tools for Vulnerability Analysis
- Self-Adaptation applied to Security and Privacy
- Cloud Security
- Human Aspects of Security
- Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology
- Identity Management
- Data Ethics and Privacy
Interested in postgraduate study?
We recruit new PhD and MSc research students every year. We offer a research environment of international quality and an impressive support package for research students.
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Current Funded Projects
- RAMSES: H2020 Internet Forensic platform for tracking the money flow of financially-motivated malware, Kent PI Julio Hernandez-Castro.
- NeCS: H2020 Marie Sklodowska - Curie Innovative Training Network in Cyber Security, PIs at Kent Eerke Boiten and Theo Dimitrakos.
- C3ISP: H2020 Collaborative and Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection. Kent PIs David Chadwick and Theo Dimitrakos
- SEEK: EPSRC Steganalytic Video-Research Framework, Kent PI Julio Hernandez-Castro.
- Vulnerability Discovery using Abduction and Interpolation, EPSRC Cyber Security UK-Singapore project, Kent PI Andy King, Co-I Aziem Chawdhary.
- Se-Ma-Match: Semantic Malware Matching, EPSRC/GCHQ Research Institute in in Automated Program Analysis and Verification, Kent PI Andy King.
- Compositional Security Analysis for Binaries, EPSRC/GCHQ Research Institute in in Automated Program Analysis and Verification, Kent PI Andy King.
- Improving cyber security using realistic synthetic face generation, EPSRC Cyber Security UK-Israel project, Kent Co-I Julio Hernandez-Castro.
- Scripting Languages for Blockchain, IOHK, PI Simon Thompson.
- Authenticated Self - The "aS" Platform, InnovateUK, Kent Co-I Julio Hernandez-Castro.
Research in the Security group contributes to the Research Councils UK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) programme.