Cyber Security Research Group
- Head of group: Shujun Li
- Seminar organisers: Jason Nurse (internal speakers) and Julio Hernandez-Castro (external speakers)
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
- Shujun Li (consortium PI), PriVELT: PRIvacy-aware personal data management and Value Enhancement for Leisure Travellers, funded by EPSRC, 2018-2021
- Shujun Li (consortium PI), ACCEPT: Addressing Cybersecurity and Cybercrime via a co-Evolutionary aPproach to reducing human-relaTed risks, funded by EPSRC, 2017-2019
- Julio Hernandez-Castro (partner PI) and Budi Arief (co-I), EMPHASIS: EconoMical, PsycHologicAl and Societal Impact of RanSomware, funded by EPSRC, 2017-2019
- Jason R.C. Nurse (partner co-I), Proactive Risk Management through Improved Cyber Situational Awareness, funded by European Commission through its H2020 programme, 2016-2019
- Julio Hernandez-Castro (partner PI), RAMSES: Internet Forensic platform for tracking the money flow of financially-motivated malware, funded by European Commission via its H2020 programme, 2016-2019
- David Chadwick (Kent PI), Rogério De Lemos (co-I) and Theo Dimitrakos (co-I), C3ISP: Collaborative and Confidential Information Sharing and Analysis for Cyber Protection, funded by European Commission via its H2020 programme, 2016-2019
- Julio Hernandez-Castro (PI), SEEK: EPSRC Steganalytic Video-Research Framework, 2016-2019
- Andy King (partner PI), Theo Dimitrakos (co-I), David Chadwick and Shujun Li (PhD supervisors), NeCS: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) in Cyber Security, funded by European Commission via its H2020 programme, 2015-2019
- Andy King (consortium PI), Vulnerability Discovery using Abduction and Interpolation, Singapore-UK project co-funded by EPSRC and Singapore's NRF, 2016-2019
- Shujun Li (consortium PI), COMMANDO-HUMANS: COMputational Modelling and Automatic Non-intrusive Detection Of HUMan behAviour based iNSecurity, Singapore-UK project co-funded by EPSRC and Singapore's NRF, 2016-2018
- Andy King (partner PI), Se-Ma-Match: Semantic Malware Matching, funded by EPSRC/GCHQ Research Institute in Automated Program Analysis and Verification, 2013-2016
- Andy King (partner PI), Compositional Security Analysis for Binaries, funded by EPSRC/GCHQ Research Institute in in Automated Program Analysis and Verification, 2013-2016
- Julio Hernandez-Castro (partner co-I), Improving cyber security using realistic synthetic face generation, Israel-UK project project co-funded by EPSRC and Israel's MOST, 2015-2017
- Simon Thompson (PI), Developing a DSL for Cardano SL, funded by IOHK, 2017
- Simon Thompson (PI), Scripting Languages for Blockchain, funded by IOHK, 2016-2017
- Julio Hernandez-Castro (partner PI), Authenticated Self - The "aS" Platform, funded by Innovate UK, 2015-2017