Cybersecurity research and impacts

To advance the understanding of the relatively new concept of cybersecurity, Research Councils support research into methods and technologies to ensure the security of data, software and information networks. A number of research projects also explore issues of handling and protecting individual identity and privacy online -including in social networks, electronic trade and services.

RCUK Green Paper for Cybersecurity Research
The Global Uncertainties (GU) programme launches a green paper on cybersecurity to raise awareness of the issues amongst researchers as well as users of research. The paper sets out the future GU approach to cybersecurity and highlights forthcoming activities.

Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)
The biggest single Research Councils investment in this area is in the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, based at Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre is co-funded with the Technology Strategy Board and other partners. With a total funding in the region of £30M over five years CSIT will create the security infrastructure needed to safeguard the trustworthiness of information stored electronically, both at home and in the workplace.

Who do you think you are?
A £4 million initiative, supported by EPSRC, funders of the Home Office INSTINCT Programme and the US Department of Homeland Security, will investigate issues of identification associated with the ever-increasing range of media which allow people to interact with each other or with devices and systems of varying complexity.

Ensuring Privacy and Consent
A £5.5 million research programme funded by TSB, EPSRC and ESRC. The programme includes three projects looking at the issues of individual consent for use of personal data; privacy and consent concepts for developing software and hardware; and individuals' and organisations' attitudes and understandings of privacy and identity. The programme is a collaboration with the Home Office and Identity and Passport Service.

ISIS: Protecting children in online social networks
An EPSRC and ESRC funded project aiming to develop ethics-centred monitoring framework and tools for supporting law enforcement agencies in policing social networks for online child protection.

Information Infrastructure Protection
A £8.9 million research initiative funded by TSB, EPSRC and CPNI including four major projects and 11 smaller projects, which will seek innovative solutions for information infrastructure protection tools, technologies and methodologies in both the public and private sector.

Trusted Services
TSB and the EPSRC invested over £8.5 million in nearly 30 innovative research and development projects that will help to accelerate the introduction of more secure and trustworthy information systems. The projects will develop innovative solutions for trusted and trustworthy tools, technologies and methodologies that target the increasing risks that consumers, businesses and public sector organisations face while carrying out digital transactions.

Trustworthy Voting Systems
This EPSRC supported project aims to develop and implement robust voter-verifiable electronic voting systems that are usable in real large-scale elections, while governments all over the world are investing in electronic voting. Experiences in the USA and in the UK so far have shown that there are immense obstacles to be overcome before we can have secure and usable systems.

A Trusted Mobile Platform for the Self-Management of Chronic Illness in Rural Areas (TRUMP)
The goal of this £1.7 million EPSRC supported multidisciplinary project is to explore the potential of mobile technologies in the development of a platform to support chronic disease management by simultaneously considering the needs of rural areas of India and the UK. The project involves academic researchers from the UK and India, together with partner organisations drawn from the business and community sectors.

Human-Agent Collectives: from Foundations to Applications (ORCHID)
This £5 million project, supported by EPSRC, seeks to establish the new science that is needed to understand, build and apply human-agent collectives that symbiotically interleave human and computer systems to an unprecedented degree. A key component of ORCHID is the close connection and inter-play between world-leading fundamental research, the demonstration of this research in compelling real-world application scenarios and the involvement of collaborating partners.

Fundamental Approaches to Validation of Ubiquitous Computing Applications and Infrastructures (UBIVAL)
EPSRC funded this project to define and implement a suite of sound, systematic methods that engineers can use to create correctly functioning, efficient and secure ubiquitous computing environments and applications. The research was conducted using the smart urban spaces and applications were developed in another ubiquitous computing project called Cityware.

Ubiquitous and social computing for positive behaviour change (UBHAVE)
This £1.5 million project, supported by EPSRC, aims to lay foundations for a systematic science that can underpin future developments of digital behaviour change interventions. It will devise tools to study and influence human behaviour through mobile phone and social networking technology. It will also develop a broad-based but in-depth understanding of the roles that social and mobile digital technologies can play in delivering successful behaviour change interventions.

Network of Excellence in IT Forensics and Data
This EPSRC funded network explores IT forensics and data analysis to create solutions to the scientific and engineering needs of the MOD, including developing IT hardware and software; machine vision, pattern recognition and sensing to data storage; encryption and analysis; and social science aspects of behaviour and its analysis relating to security issues.

Interdisciplinary Design and Evaluation of Dependability (INDEED)
EPSRC funded this £1.8 million multidisciplinary project to develop knowledge, methods and tools that contribute to the understanding of socio-technical system dependability, and that support developers of dependable systems. The project brings together researchers with backgrounds in computer science, maths, psychology, sociology and business.

Verifying Interoperability Requirements in Pervasive Systems
This EPSRC supported project brings together qualitative techniques, including deductive methods, model checking, and abstraction methods, with quantitative techniques, including probabilistic and performance analysis, in order to tackle the problem of verifying pervasive systems.