We are tackling cyber security problems that are important to society.
The Security and Privacy Group is a team of eleven academic staff based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. For over a decade, the group has remained committed to its ethos of tackling cyber security problems that are important to society. Working in collaboration with academia, industry and government, the Group consistently produces internationally leading research on key issues that has led to the University of Birmingham being recognised as an NCSC-EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.
Building on an established strength in the analysis of security systems, the group's research is concerned with all aspects of security and privacy for society. Working flexibly and sustainably with industrial partners ranging from HP Labs to L-3 TRL to Jaguar Land Rover, the research at Birmingham is having real-world impact on products and services, safeguarding the security and privacy of businesses, governments and individuals.
Cyber security and privacy are issues that concern everyone living in this technologically dependent world. The work within our Security and Privacy Group is underpinned by considering critical technical and societal issues, ensuring we have the capacity to adapt and address new areas as the field evolves.
We are a group of eleven cyber security academics at the University of Birmingham.
As part of recent industry investment, the group has expanded with a new Lecturer in Computer Security. We are delighted to welcome Dr Christophe Petit, who joins us from the University of Oxford. Christophe's research expertise lies in cryptography and mathematics for cyber security, in particular the following areas:
We are producing internationally leading research on key issues in cyber security.
Dr Flavio Garcia has been awarded a 5-year EPSRC fellowship to address fundamental security concerns for the new technologies driving the future of our roads.
Connected and autonomous vehicles are set to revolutionise our transportation and re-shape our cities. They will prevent accidents, reduce parking space requirements, lower congestion and pollution. But in order to achieve this, they need several sensors and wireless interfaces which connect them with other vehicles, consumer devices, infrastructure and the Internet. This connectivity adds great functionality but it also introduces a myriad of security and privacy threats. Safety critical functionality in the vehicle is controlled by a multitude of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) which are fully programmable. As vehicles become more programmable, complex and interconnected, they also become more vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The main goal of this fellowship is to secure connected and autonomous vehicles, making them resilient to this type of attacks while complying with stringent real-time constraints to ensure safety, security and privacy.
We are training the next generation of cyber security experts.
Two PhD students in the Security and Privacy group have been recognised in the University's 'Teaching Awards for PGRs who have demonstrated excellence in their conribution to teaching or supporting student learning'. Each College has one winner and up to two highly commended nominations. The prizes were awarded at an event held jointly with the Graduate School on 29 June 2017. The winners from our group are:
Congratulations to our students and to all the winners! We value the contribution PhD students make to teaching and the time they commit to supporting broader learning activities such as the University Hacking Club.
We are working with industry and government.
Professor Mark Ryan has recently been awarded a Research Chair in Cyber Security. This new role is funded by our industry partner HP Inc. Over the next five years, Mark will be working with HP on engineering cyber security and privacy for the future. This includes:
The Research Chair was launched at an event held in the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham on 3 November 2016, attended by academic, industry and government representatives to show the support for and importance of this project from all sectors. The strategic partnership plays an important role in bridging the gap between industry and academia to ensure that the future is cyber secure for all of society, meeting the needs of companies and consumers while protecting privacy.