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EPSRC Reference: EP/S021817/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security for the Everyday
Principal Investigator: Martin, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Paterson, Professor KG Jensen, Dr RB Coles-Kemp, Professor L
Adey, Professor P Cid, Professor C Kinder, Professor J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Abatis (UK) Ltd Ascertia BAE Systems
BT Cloudflare CREST UK
Crypto Quantique Global Transatlantic Ltd Hewlett Packard
Huawei Group IBM ID Quantique
Information Security Forum Limited ISARA Corporation KPMG (UK)
Mastercard Microsoft National Cyber Security Centre
NCC Group NPSO Ltd NXP Semiconductors
OneSpan PQ Solutions Limited Price Waterhouse Coopers
Primary Key Associated Ltd Roke Manor Research Ltd Sciemus Ltd
Security Matters Thales Ltd Toshiba
Vodafone
Department: Information Security
Organisation: Royal Holloway, Univ of London
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 October 2019 Ends: 31 March 2028 Value (£): 5,964,769
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Sys. & Architecture Fundamentals of Computing
Information & Knowledge Mgmt Networks & Distributed Systems
Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Communications
Information Technologies Financial Services
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel D – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The 2015 UK National Security Strategy identifies cyber security as one of the top four UK national security priorities. The UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 (NCSS) has an underlying vision to make the UK secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world. It is widely recognised that the UK, indeed the world, is short of cyber security specialists.

Cyber security is genuinely cross-disciplinary. It's about technology, and the networks and systems within which technology is deployed. But it's also about society and how it engages with technology. Researching the right questions requires researchers to fully understand the integrated nature of the cyber security landscape. A CDT provides the perfect vehicle within which suitably broad training can be provided. The establishment of a cohort of researchers with different backgrounds and experience allows this knowledge to be cultivated within a rich environment, where the facts of hard science can be blended with the perspectives and nuances of more social dimensions.

While society has made progress in developing the technology that underpins security, privacy and trust in cyberspace, we lag behind in our understanding of how society engages with this technology. Much more fundamentally, we don't even really understand how society engages with the concepts of security, privacy and trust in the first place. We will host a CDT in Cyber Security for the Everyday, which signals that research in our CDT will focus on the technologies deployed in everyday digital systems, as well as the everyday societal experience of security.

Research in our CDT will investigate the security of emerging technologies. As cyberspace continues to evolve, so, too, do the technologies required to secure its future. Research topics include the cryptographic tools that underpin all security technologies, the security of the systems within which these tools are deployed, the use of artificial intelligence to aid discovery of system vulnerabilities, and security and privacy of everyday objects which are becoming embedded in cyberspace. Our CDT will also research how to secure cyber societies. Securing increasingly networked, automated, and autonomous societies requires an integrated research approach which engages the social, technological, cultural, legal, social-psychological and political on equal terms. Research topics include exploring state, institutional and corporate responsibility over how information is gathered and used, investigating how cyber security is perceived, understood and practiced by different communities, and researching how social differences and societal inequalities affect notions of, and issues relating to, cyber security.

Our training programme will be based around a suite of relevant masters programmes at Royal Holloway, including in Information Security, Geopolitics and Security, and Data Science. This will be supplemented by workshops, practice labs, and a comprehensive generic skills programme. Students will work closely with the wider cyber security community through a series of industry engagement sessions and visits, summer projects, and three-month internships. Peer-to-peer learning will be fostered through group challenges, workshop design and delivery, reading groups and a social programme.
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