Research within the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security falls into the following principal themes:
- Security through Hardware: design and use of secure hardware such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) as the basis of security mechanisms and designs
- Trusted Systems: applied cryptography, modelling and security analysis of systems, verification
- Privacy and Authentication: privacy-preserving computing, passwords, multi-factor authentication, personal data privacy
- Secure Communications: Internet of Things, 5G, connected vehicles, communications protocols, ultra-high-speed mobile and wireless connectivity
- Multimedia Security and Forensics: cybercrime and law enforcement
- Human Factors: cognitive modelling of human behaviour, human-assisted data loss/leakage prevention, reduction of human-related risks in the cyber-physical world.
Within each theme there is a foundational element developing understanding, theory and new technologies, together with applications to specific problem domains and to building practical solutions. Application areas cover a wide range across the cyber-security spectrum, include new cryptographic schemes, security protocols, hardware-enhanced security, network security issues at different layers, formal security modeling and verification, human factors, secure electronic voting, key management, digital rights management and watermarking, image and video forensics, security economics, and biometrics.
The application domains we work in include transportation (automotive, rail), democracy (e-voting), telecommunications, digital economy, health, and law enforcement.
The technical core of the centre includes academics from the Departments of Computer Science, and the 5G Innovation Centre,. The centre also has a number of associates from a wide range of disciplines across the University whose research overlaps with security, and who are involved in interdisciplinary security research. These areas include Artificial and Machine Intelligence, Communication Systems, Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, as well as Surrey Business School, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Economics.
The Centre maintains strong collaborative links with its internationally renowned research partners, participates in technology transfer from academic to small and large businesses, shares knowledge and offers consultancy to government agencies, and is active in cyber-security education and security awareness raising campaigns for the industrial and public sectors.