Research Topics in Cyber Security
The Cyber Security research at Kent has experienced significant growth since the award of ACE-CSR status in 2015 and its Cyber Security capabilities were strengthened through several strategic appointments since 2016 (Arief, Delgado, Li, Kafalı). Our Cyber Security capabilities relevant for the ACE-CSR call are organised into four main research themes:
Authentication and Authorisation (Theme lead: Gareth Howells): Biometrics and other new authentication technologies, passwords, federated identity management, CAPTCHA, device authentication, authentication, authorisation and access control protocols, autonomic authorisation.
Communication and Network Security (Theme lead: Julio Hernandez-Castro): IoT security, RFID security, cloud security, network security protocols, secure quantum communications, network intrusion detection, data loss prevention.
Security Testing and Verification (Theme lead: Andy King): Software security analysis, malware code analysis, security metrics and automated testing, self-adaptive security in software systems, self-testing of quantum computing for next-generation quantum based security systems.
Socio-technical Security (Theme lead: Shujun Li): Socio-technical aspects of malware especially ransomware, usability, user behaviour, user profiling and modelling, cybercrime, privacy by design and privacy management, security and trust in online social networks, human-related risks, insider threats, trust management.
The Centre also has capabilities in some other important Cyber Security areas beyond the above themes, especially the following cross-cutting topics:
- Applications of AI technologies to cyber security: A majority of Core Members have research expertise in applications of AI related technologies (machine learning, data mining, data analytics, discrete optimisation and information visualisation) in Cyber Security, which will allow interactions with other research groups of the two core schools of KirCCS (Data Science and Computational Intelligence groups of School of Computing; Intelligent Interactions group of School of Engineering and Digital Arts).
- Digital forensics and cybercrime: Typical sub-topics include network forensics, computer forensics, multimedia forensics, and crime prevention.
- Information hiding: Typical sub-topics include steganography, steganalysis, and digital watermarking.
- Quantum cyber security: Development of quantum-resistant cyber security systems based on quantum mechanics.
Our work on these cross-cutting areas allows interactions with Associate Members from different disciplines.
The University has set Cyber Security as one of only two university level Signature Research Themes and has a plan to further grow the Centre. We therefore look forward to extending our research spectrum to cover more future emerging Cyber Security technologies.