School of Computing

Cyber Security Research Group

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Cyber Security has become a central issue in our society, and a national priority of the UK (see the Chancellor's 2016 speech on "launching the National Cyber Security Strategy"). 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 (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE) 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 Cyber Security 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 expertise in social sciences such as psychology, sociology, law, business and economics.

From that perspective, the Cyber Security Group played a key role in setting up, and continues to be a leading contributor to, the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS). The Centre achieved GCHQ's recognition as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) from 2015-2017 and 2018-2022.

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.

Interested in postgraduate study?

We actively 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.
Example Project Topics

Selected Research Projects of Group Members

Jason Nurse, "A Platform for Responsive Conversational Agents to Enhance Engagement and Disclosure (PRoCEED)," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £163,555, 2019-2021
Jason Nurse, Shujun Li, "Approaches and Technologies to Support Home Users' Engagement with Cyber Security," PhD studentship funded by NCSC, value to Kent £115,153, 2019-2023
Stephen Kell, "Generalised static checking for type and bounds errors," PhD studentship funded by NCSC, value to Kent £75,000, 2019-2023
Julio Hernandez-Castro, "Robust Video Watermarking," funded by Huawei Technologies, value to Kent £230,000, 2019-2020
Shujun Li, "Human-machine teaming for supporting human decision making to enhance security of cyber-physical systems," funded by Dstl, value to Kent £87,000, 2019-2022
Shujun Li, "PriVELT: PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £429,069, 2018-2021
Aziem Chawdhary, Andy King, "Trustworthy Software for Nuclear Arms Control," PhD studentship funded by NCSC, value to Kent £71,706, 2018-2019
Shujun Li, "ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £162,044.34, 2017-2020
Eerke Boiten, Budi Arief, Julio Hernandez-Castro, "EMPHASIS: Economic, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Ransomware," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £344,547, 2017-2019
David Chadwick, Rogério De Lemos, Theo Dimitrakos, "C3ISP: Collaborative & Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection," funded by European Commission (H2020), value to Kent £448,300, 2016-2019
Richard Guest, Farzin Deravi, "AMBER: Enhanced Mobile Biometrics MCSA ITN," funded by European Commission (H2020), value to Kent £585,783, 2016-2020
Andy King, "The Rise and Fall of COOP," PhD studentship funded by GCHQ, value to Kent £109,890, 2016-2020
Andy King, "Vulnerability discovery using abduction and interpolation," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £199,130, 2016-2019
Julio Hernandez-Castro, "SEEK (Steganalytic vidEo-rEsearch frameworK)," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £273,996, 2016-2019
Julio Hernandez-Castro, "RAMSES: Malware analysis for digital forensics," funded by European Commission (H2020), value to Kent £305,815, 2016-2019
Andy King, Theo Dimitrakos, David Chadwick, "NeCS (European Network for Cybersecurity) MCSA ITN," funded by European Commission (H2020), value to Kent £388,645, 2015-2019
Julio Hernandez-Castro, "Improving cyber security using realistic synthetic face generation," Israel-UK Cyber Research project, UK part funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £155,087, 2015-2017
David Chadwick, "Horizontal cloud security and network capabilities for accredited cloud application and data," funded by BT, value to Kent £170,000, 2015-2017
Julio Hernandez-Castro, "Authenticated Self – The 'aS' Platform," funded by Innovate UK, value to Kent £115,957, 2015-2016
Shujun Li, "COMMANDO-HUMANS: COMputational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of HUMan behAviour based iNSecurity," Singapore-UK joint project, co-funded by EPSRC and Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF), value to Ken £4,117 (partial transfer from the University of Surrey, total funding amount by EPSRC is £208,100), 2016-2018
David Chadwick, "Cloud-ABFAB federation services in eduroam (CLASSe)," funded by European Commission (FP7), value to Kent £72,458, 2013-2015
Andy King, "Se-Ma-Match: semantic malware matching," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £245,526, 2013-2016
Andy King, "Compositional security analysis for binaries," funded by EPSRC and GCHQ, value to Kent £261,718, 2013-2016
David Chadwick, Dimitrakos, "FED4Fire: IPCS4FIRE & SCS4FIRE," funded by European Commission (FP7), value to Kent £112,610, 2013-2014
Eerke Boiten, "Network on Formal Methods and Cryptography: CryptoForma 2," funded by EPSRC, extension of a previously funded EPSRC research network, value to Kent £90,227, 2012-2015
David Chadwick, "Sticky policy based security APIs for the cloud," funded by EPSRC, value to Kent £117,079, 2012-2013
More smaller projects with a budget lower than £50k are not listed here.

PriVELT: PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks RAMSES: Internet Forensic platform for tracking the money flow of financially-motivated malware EMPHASIS: EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware C3ISP: Collaborative and Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection NeCS: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) in Cyber Security COMMANDO-HUMANS: COMputational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of HUMan behAviour based iNSecurity

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 07/06/2019