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EPSRC Reference: EP/T009543/1
Title: Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research - University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Principal Investigator: Coventry, Professor L
Other Investigators:
Briggs, Professor P Khelifi, Dr F Vickers, Dr P
Yang, Dr L Bouridane, Professor A Aslam, Dr N
Issac, Dr B Nicholson, Dr J
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Department: Fac of Health and Life Sciences
Organisation: Northumbria, University of
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 September 2019 Ends: 31 August 2022 Value (£): 48,574
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fundamentals of Computing Information & Knowledge Mgmt
Networks & Distributed Systems Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Jun 2019 ACE CSR Panel Meeting - 06 June 2019 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Northumbria University applies knowledge from multiple disciplines, into digital security through the work of the Cyber Security Research Group (CSRG) - a cross university group that combines (i) technical research on biometric encryption, wireless sensor networks, web security protocols, sonification and image recognition, with (ii) human-centred work on usable security, privacy, trust and behaviour change.

Our work ensures that the individual disciplines optimise their contribution to their own discipline, while working together to understand the point of interaction; the different strengths and weaknesses of computers and humans and how they can best work together to defend the enterprise.

The vision of this research group is to secure our digital tomorrow by maximising technological developments, understanding human cybersecurity behaviours and exploring the factors that influence behaviour change including design, law, policy and the social context. We seek to optimise our citizens behaviours as cyber-defenders as well as optimise our technology defences against intrusions.

Northumbria's Digital Living theme provides an opportunity to integrate work across the computational & behavioural sciences, law and design, particularly around secure Big Data & IoT, personal security across the lifespan and building resilient smart cities (where we are currently working in partnership with Newcastle University and Newcastle & Gateshead City Councils as part of the EPSRC funded Urban Living Partnership). In addition as part of the Health and Social Care multidisciplinary research theme, we are growing our research focusing on cybersecurity in the health and social care domains as they struggle to reconcile advances in personal informatics, AI and embedded wireless medical devices with outdated legacy systems, poor security behaviours and vulnerable populations.

We will achieve this vision by (i) incorporating multiple disciplines to broaden our understanding of cybersecurity behaviours. This will include law, ethics, policy and design. (ii) exploring how best to facilitate cybersecurity behaviour change (iii) exploring the needs of diverse populations and designing for inclusivity. At the same time work will continue to (iv) build adaptive technology defences for access control, network intrusion detection and phishing detection - thus reducing the burden on users.

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